The grand jury that has been contemplating whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is expected not to indict the officer. At that point, I fear we could see protests turn into riots as they did after the Rodney King acquittals. And you know what won’t help one bit? The KKK threatening to use lethal force against protesters.
e leader of a Ku Klux Klan group told MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Wednesday that St. Louis-area residents have supported their campaign threatening to use “lethal force” against protesters they feel act violently in the aftermath of the upcoming grand jury decision regarding Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
“It kind of came about from hundreds of calls we’ve been getting from residents in St. Louis County concerned with things that they’ve seen on social media,” Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK head Frank Ancona explained. “Random attacks on whites, D.C. sniper-style shootings, police officers being threatened that their wives are gonna be raped, and that they’re all targets.”
Ancona did not cite specific evidence of any of these alleged threats.
The Riverfront Times reported that Ancona’s group has been passing out flyers calling demonstrators “terrorists” and saying, “We will use lethal force as provided under Missouri law to defend ourselves.”Ancona told the Times that the demonstrators, who have been protesting against local law enforcement for not pursuing a case against Wilson for shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, were “the best recruiters since [President Barack] Obama” for his organization.
None of this is surprising, but it’s appalling. And very dangerous. And this is even worse:
But Ancona stumbled after telling Hayes that he has had off-the-record conversations with police regarding the ongoing tension in the region.
“A lot of them are very frustrated with how the governor has sided with the criminals in a lot of instances,” Ancona said.
“Wait a second,” Hayes said, interjecting. “You have law enforcement talking to you off the record, confiding in you as a Grand Wizard of the KKK? You’re telling me that you have local law enforcement talking to you, personally, off the record?”
“I’m telling you, I have friends who know people in law enforcement,” Ancona replied, backtracking. “Let’s just put it that way.”
Again, not surprising but very dangerous. All of this could turn out very, very badly.