Protesters and Klansmen clashed at a KKK rally this weekend in Anaheim, CA. A total of 13 were arrested after three people were stabbed. Those in custody are being charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
The Klan made an announcement that they would be holding a rally at Pearson Park in Anaheim at 1:30 p.m. and protesters began showing up at around 11 a.m. to confront the ralliers. According to Sgt. Daron Wyatt, the moment the Klansmen left their vehicle, the scuffle began.
Protesters yelled for the klansmen to leave as they began to don confederate flags and other regalia. “As soon as they got out of their vehicle, immediately they were attacked by counter-protesters and this caused a melee down the block,” he told local reporters.
During the melee, four people were wounded, with the most serious injury belonging to one person who was stabbed with a flagpole that had an American eagle finial attached to it. Three others were stabbed as well. Both sides say that the other is to blame for things turning violent.
“These Klan guys were fighting for their lives,” said Darren Simpson. Professor Brian Levin, who was also in attendance, shielded a klansmen from a potential deadly onslaught he told CBS. Levin reportedly asked the man how it felt to have a Jewish man save his life.
“This just goes to show how immature they are,” said KKK member Will Quigg to CBS, “We came here for a peaceful protest and they came here and jumped on us.”
The Klan has a history in Anaheim that goes all the way back to the 1920s.