California police are looking for a Ku Klux Klan counter-protester after video showed the man attacking a KKK member during the chaotic rally in Anaheim which ended in bloodshed. It's not clear how the altercation between the suspect and the police began but the suspect, a military serviceman, is in custody and was not injured, he said.
Three people, all believed to be counter-protesters, were stabbed, with one of them in critical condition.
Several fights broke out along a city block involving six KKK members - none wearing the traditional KKK robes - and 30 counterprotesters. Witnesses say the KKK stabbing included one Klansman wielding a Confederate flag pole.
"I got cut", a man is then heard shouting, lifting his T-shirt to demonstrate an injury to his stomach. A fire hydrant where the man briefly sat was covered in blood.
One police sergeant saw another Klan part with a sharp edge in his grip and a counter-nonconformist depleting near to, Anaheim Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said. The search was in connection to a violent clash between KKK members and protesters that day.
"All hell broke loose", said Brian Levin, director of California State University, San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, who witnessed the violence. Levin told the AP he thought the protesters were going to "stomp" the Klansmen to death.
Levin said he was standing next to Quigg when a crowd of protesters swarmed the Klan members. The department also noted that the KKK, like any other group, has a First Amendment right to assemble and demonstrate in a public park.
Luis Sinco/AP The Klansman attacked in the video was spotted earlier lunging at counter-protesters with an American flagpole.
"If we're attacked we will attack back", Chris Barker of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK told KABC-TV on the phone from North Carolina. The organization lists Pelham, N.C., as its headquarters. A year ago, the gathering drew features when it challenged the expulsion of the Confederate banner from the South Carolina Capitol.
Twelve people were initially arrested, but five were released after investigators reviewed video of the confrontation, Wyatt said.
"The Anaheim Police Department was aware of both the planned KKK protest as well as the counter protest". By the end of the melee, three people had been stabbed, one critically, and a dozen others arrested.
The KKK has a long history in Anaheim. The bottom of the fliers stated they came from the "Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan".
The Klan, which was formed in 1865, had up to four million members in the 1920s, but its membership has dwindled to between 5,000 and 8,000 individuals today, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
At least 3 people are stabbed, 13 others arrested after protestors class with Ku Klux Klan demonstrators in Anaheim. A third stabbing victim was found in a vehicle on the east side of the park, police said.
Most recently it made national headlines when a former KKK leader, David Duke, said he backed Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.