Around 11 a.m. about a dozen protesters showed up at Pearson Park to confront the Ku Klux Klan that announced they were planning a rally at Pearson Park that day.
As soon as a group of men wearing black pants and shirts with Confederate flag patches got out of a vehicle a fight broke out. The vehicle windows were smashed as the protesters and KKK members fought one anther. One protester fell to the ground bleeding saying he had been stabbed, reports the Los Angeles Times. A witness stated that the pointed top of a pole that held the either the American flag or a Confederate flag was what was used to stab the protester. A cell phone video showed a KKK member trying to defend himself with an American Flag from protesters.
Two alleged KKK members were “stomped on the ground” by protesters, while three protesters were allegedly stabbed by members of the white supremacist group, the Anaheim Police Department’s release stated. While three members of the KKK were fighting the protesters, three other members of the KKK left in a SUV. William Quigg the leader of the Loyal White Knights in California was stated to be at the rally.
The police arrived and broke up the fight and six KKK members and seven protesters were arrested.
Three of the stabbing victims were in stable condition, one stomping victim was hospitalized and the other refused transport, though he or she sustained minor injuries, Sgt. Daron Wyatt said in the release reports KTLA.
Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said in a statement: “Even if the vast majority of our community disagrees with a particular group who visits our city we cannot stop them 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.