Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim erupts in violence; three stabbed – Los Angeles Times

Three people were stabbed and several arrested when a Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim erupted in violence Saturday, police said.

A small group of people representing the Klan had announced that it would hold a rally at Pearson Park at 1:30 p.m., police said. By 11 a.m., several dozen protesters showed up at the park to confront the Klan.

About an hour later, several men in black garb with Confederate flag patches arrived and were escorted by police around the edge of the park.

Violence erupted and some of the counter-protesters could be seen kicking a man whose shirt read “Grand Dragon.” At some point, a counter-protester collapsed on the ground bleeding, crying that he had been stabbed.

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A Klansman in handcuffs could be heard telling a police officer that he “stabbed him in self-defense.” Several other people were also handcuffed.

Witnesses said the Klansmen used the point of a flagpole as a weapon while fighting with counter-protesters.

Two others were also stabbed during the melee, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department. One of those was a protester but the identity of the other victim was not clear.

One Klansman and several protesters were arrested following the fracas, Wyatt said.

Kobe Sato, 18, of Anaheim, said a crowd swarmed the KKK members when they arrived at the park and began to display Confederate flags.

Brian Levin, the director of CSU San Bernardino’s Center for the study of hate and extremism, said he was standing next to the man in the Grand Dragon shirt when a crowd of protesters swarmed the Klansmen carrying weapons.

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