The Ku Klux Klan is making its presence known in St. Louis.
As the Ferguson protests continue, the Klan has showered one St. Louis neighborhood with flyers raising concerns they may be planning a counter-protest in Ferguson this weekend.
On the evening of October 7, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan littered the streets with flyers promoting their neighborhood watch.
“You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!” the flyers showing a hooded Klansman read. The flyers also encourage residents to call them if there is any trouble in the neighborhood.
In response, the Fenton Police issued a statement via Facebook to notify the residents of the issue.
“Last night the KKK distributed flyers in the San Simeon and Villa Gran Way subdivision promoting the protection from the KKK,” the update read. “We are fully aware of the situation, and passing out the flyers is not a crime. No single person was targeted.”
The police added that if there was indeed trouble in the community to contact the police first, not the Klan.
Local lawmakers also expressed concern that the Klan would counter-protest in Ferguson, as the number of protesters once again swells after police shot another black teen in the city.
Rep. Sharon Pace of North County said that she thinks the flyers may be a sign something is in the works.
“We share concerns about that, definitely. About the Ku Klux Klan, as well, being here,” she told CBS Local. “And I understand the literature they’ve been distributing in south St. Louis. So that’s a definite concern.”
State Rep. Rochelle Gray stressed if the Klan does show, it would likely cause a conflict.
“I have to admit, I don’t think it will be accepted,” he said. “I hope there will be no violence, because the parents of Michael Brown are asking that we not taint.”
Still, at least one lawmaker thought it was all just bluster. The Klan has threatened to come to Ferguson before and if they showed, no one seemed to notice.
Sen. Maria Chapell-Nadal pointed out that until the Klan does more than talk, she was not concerned that they posed a real threat in the area.
So far, there has been no reports on social media or from the police that a Klan counter-protest has caused an issue this weekend, which is not entirely surprising if you believe the leader of the who distributed the flyers.
Earlier this year, the Frank Ancoma, the Imperial Wizard of the Traditionalist Knights actually denounced the ‘so-called Klansman‘ who had previously announced a Darren Wilson fundraiser and plans to patrol the Ferguson and said the Klan does not operate like that and has no plans to “stir up trouble” in Ferguson.
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