A brawl broke out between Ku Klux Klan members and some counter-protesters in Anaheim, California, on Feb. 27 (video below).
Three people were stabbed, while six KKK members and seven protesters were arrested, reports KCBS
The KKK had planned a protest at a local park, but soon after members showed up wearing black clothing and Confederate flag patches, the brawling began.
Several counter-protesters kicked a man whose shirt said “Grand Dragon,” while a counter-protester fell to the ground and said he had been stabbed, reports the Los Angeles Times.
A KKK member reportedly told a police officer he stabbed the counter-protester "in self-defense.”
Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department said two other counter-protesters were stabbed, one took a knife while the other was injured with an unidentified weapon.
Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said that some counter-protesters attacked KKK members with two-by-fours and other objects.
At one point, Levin hurried the KKK leader away from the violence, and the Klansman thanked him.
“There were no police officers here when this started happening,” Levin told the newspaper. “It was the longest few minutes between when the SUV was attacked and when the police responded in droves. I think the police response saved their lives. They would have been torn limb from limb.”
The Anaheim Police Department defended its officers and their handling of the rally, which was supposed to oppose Muslims and illegal immigration.