At least three stabbed in melee at Ku Klux Klan rally in California
At least three people were stabbed on Saturday and one of them was critically wounded in a scuffle between members of the Ku Klux Klan and counter-protesters near a planned KKK rally in Anaheim, California, police said.
Four people were arrested following the melee, including one Klan member who is accused of the stabbing, said Anaheim Police Sergeant Daron Wyatt.
Three counter-protesters were taken into custody after stomping a KKK member on the ground, Wyatt said.
Wyatt said the altercation took place as soon as several Klan members arrived at the park in Anaheim, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles, for a planned rally there.
"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 said.
The event was captured by Adelle Nazarian and broadcast "live" via Periscope.
Wyatt said at least three counter-protesters and possibly a fourth were stabbed in the ensuing confrontation. He said the most seriously wounded of the victims was taken to a local hospital's trauma center, where he was listed in critical condition.
|Left: Stabbing victim seeks help. Right: Blood stains the sidewalk near the fire hydrant where stabbing victim sat.|
(Screen capture from video)
The Klan, known for their white robes and peaked hoods often worn by its members, has a long history of violence toward African-Americans, Jews and other groups, according the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in the United States.
Several witnesses said that a peaceful counter-protest had been under way for about three hours in the park a mile north of Disneyland when the Klansmen arrived in a black sport utility vehicle.
The SUV pulled up and three men got out and began to unload signs when the group of about 50 counter-protesters ran over, yelling and throwing sticks, witnesses said.