Associated Press — “(The counter-protesters) were so angry, they would have torn these folks limb from limb,” said Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “I was afraid for their lives.”
Levin, who went to Pearson Park in Anaheim on Feb. 27 expecting to record the rally for research, found himself protecting the Klansmen until police could intervene. On a video Levin shot and posted to Twitter, he later asked one of them, “How do you feel that a Jewish person helped save your life today?”
“I thank you. I thank you,” said the Klansman, waving away the question with his blood-spattered arm. “I would have saved a colored man’s life,” he added.
The wire service article was published Feb. 29, 2016, and picked up by various media worldwide.
Read the complete article at “KKK members linked to violent brawl released.”
Also visit Levin’s Twitter at @ProfLevin to view his posts and videos about the incident.
Related coverage includes:
- “Klansmen in Anaheim melee released; Protesters still jailed,” posted by KQED on Feb. 29, 2016, and includes a photo of Levin being interviewed by police.
- “The Latest: Police defend response to violence at KKK rally,” by the Associated Press and posted by Yahoo! News on Feb. 28 2016.
- “12 in custody after 3 stabbed at Anaheim KKK rally, counter-protest,” posted by CBSLosAngeles.com on Feb. 27, 2016.
- “Seven held after melee at Klan rally in Anaheim,” by The New York Times on the MSNBC website, published on Feb. 28, 2016.
- “‘I thought they were going to stomp these Klansmen to death,’” by the Associated Press and CBS News, published on Feb. 28, 2016.
- “5 Klan members arrested at vicious Calif. brawl released,” by CBS News and the Associated Press, posted on Feb. 29, 2016.