The Latest: Peaceful rally follows weekend KKK confrontation

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Posted: Mar 01, 2016 12:49 AM
The Latest: Peaceful rally follows weekend KKK confrontation

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the violent brawl at a Ku Klux Klan gathering in Southern California (all times local):

9:35 p.m.

Hundreds of people gathered for a "peace protest" Monday night in the same Southern California park where a Ku Klux Klan rally turned violent when a handful of Klan members were confronted by counter-protesters.

Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt says about 250 to 300 people took part in the candlelight gathering, which began in Pearson Park and continued on with a march to City Hall.

Although the gathering got loud at times, Wyatt said, it remained peaceful and there were no arrests or confrontations.

One of the organizers, Glen Peterson of the group World Relief, said before the rally that those taking part wanted to show that despite Saturday's outburst Anaheim is a peaceful, tolerant place.

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2 p.m.

A Ku Klux Klan leader who was injured when his small group of demonstrators brawled with counter-protesters in a Southern California park this weekend says he called police beforehand asking for security and was told, "We don't do that."

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Will Quigg says he contacted the Anaheim Police Department but that his requests for a police presence were denied.

Three people were stabbed and several others injured in the melee involving several dozen people Saturday.

Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said he believes Quigg asked for police to act as personal security guards and was told how to contract for officers to do that. He said Quigg didn't want to pay.

Wyatt said officers were at the rally but declined to say how many.