Three miles from Disneyland in a city park, the Ku Klux Klan decided to stage an anti-immigrant rally.
They had their Confederate Flags and were dressed in snazzy matching black outfits. They advertised their plans for the rally, I’m assuming so you could stand around and watch them yell stupid racist things.
Of course, it quickly turned violent.
Three people were stabbed –one critically – when about 30 counter protesters were waiting and began attacking the Klan as soon as they got out of their cars.
In the violence that ensued, one Klansman stabbed a counter-protester with the decorative end of that flagpole as the brawl spread across an entire city block.
In total, police detained 13 people. Six of them were Klan members and the rest were protesters. Police didn’t immediately identify any of them.
Some of the protesters began kicking one man whose shirt read “Grand Dragon,” one protester lied on the ground bleeding from a stab wound and several others staggered around covered in blood, The Los Angeles Times is reporting.
Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said he was standing near the KKK members when several protesters attacked them with two-by-fours and other weapons.
Several of the Klan members jumped in the SUV and sped off, leaving three others to “fend for themselves,” Levin said.
Levin had been trying to interview the KKK ringleader, whom he identified as William Quigg, an Anaheim resident.
Quigg is the leader of the Loyal White Knights in California and other Western states, a sect of the hate group that aims to raise awareness about illegal immigration, terrorism and street crime, Levin said. They see themselves as a “Klan without robes” and model themselves after David Duke, the Louisiana-based former grand wizard of the Klan, Levin said.
Levin said he was standing next to Quigg when a crowd of protesters swarmed the Klan members. Levin said he pushed the Klan leader away as the violence continued and a protester was stabbed.
Levin said he asked Quigg, “How do you feel that a Jewish guy just saved your life?”
“Thank you,” the Klan leader replied, according to Levin.
For some reason, there was no police presence when the Klan arrived, witnesses said. “It was the longest few minutes between when the SUV was attacked and when the police responded in droves,” Levin said.
Back in the 1920s, the Klan ruled Anaheim – holding four of the five City Council seats and sending out patrols in robes and masks to patrol the city streets.
Of course, this isn’t the 1920s anymore. Here’s raw footage of the incident (Warning: There’s language and violence):
H/T: The Blaze