A Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim, California erupted in violence leaving 3 stabbed and 12 others in jail.
In addition to the arrests made, police are still looking for one man whose photo was released Saturday night.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 28, 2016
The violence began when six KKK members arrived at Pearson Park on Saturday for what they called a “walking protest” for “White Lives Matter” when about 30 counter protesters confronted them, according to KTLA.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 28, 2016
“We came here for a peaceful protest — white lives matter — and we get jumped,” one of the KKK members told KTLA.
The KKK members are alleged to have stabbed the 3 counter protesters with the point of an American flag while two of its members were “stomped on the ground” by the angry mob, according to police.
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) February 28, 2016
It is not currently known who started the brawl.
“Even if the vast majority of our community disagrees with a particular group who visits our city, we cannot stop then from lawfully gathering to express their opinions. Violence is not acceptable, and we will arrest anybody who assaults another person or commits any other crime in our city,” Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada told KTLA.
— el Sooper ن (@SooperMexican) February 28, 2016
“Accommodating peaceful, nonviolent demonstration and expression of speech is a priority of my department, and this planned rally was no exception,” he added.
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait agreed.
“We will always honor free speech in Anaheim, but we vehemently reject hate and violent confrontation,” he said. “Anaheim is proud to draw strength from its diversity, tolerance and kindness, and Saturday’s events run counter to that.”
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 27, 2016
— KTLA (@KTLA) February 28, 2016
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