By Michael Navia
Hoping to conduct a rally supporting the Ku Klux Klan, representatives of the KKK announced the location of this rally to be at Pearson Park at 1:30 p.m. But by 11 a.m. several dozen protesters had shown up to this park to confront the Klan. Just moments after some Klan members had exited a van to carry on with their rally, a fight broke out between the protesters and them. During the brawl one protester collapsed on the ground bleeding, and crying over the fact that he had been stabbed. One of the Klansman that was arrested claimed it was self-defense and a witness even stated that they saw Klansmen using a flagpole as a weapon. Near the end of the fight, several Klan members sped off in a SUV leaving three others to fend for themselves.
Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism was present during the brawl between the protesters and the Klan hoping to interview the ringleader 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,” according to Levin, “ seeing themselves as Klan without robes.”
Levin stated he was standing next to Quigg when he saw the crowd of protesters coming and pushed Quigg away from the violence. Many people are now concerned as to why it took so long for Anaheim police to make an appearance. If it had took them any longer the Klan members might not have made it out.