The leader of a Missouri-based Ku Klux Klan group denounced a plan to raise funds for the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, The Wire reported.
“This is not even a Klan member, they don’t even have their own legitimate website,” Traditionalist American Knights leader Frank Ancona was quoted as saying. “It’s a scam, he is just trying to capitalize on the situation.”
Ancona, a Klan “Imperial Wizard,” was referring to Charles “Chuck” Murray, the South Carolina man who said last week that his own group, the New Empire Knights, was “setting up a reward” for the officer, who shot Brown six times after an encounter on Aug. 9.
Ancona accused Murray of creating a fake Klan chapter, telling The Wire that other Klan members were not familiar with Murray’s group and that fundraisers of this nature violate the Klan’s charter. Ancona also expressed doubt that “Murray” was even the real name of the person behind the South Carolina fundraiser.
“We are a registered organization. We have a charter with the state,” Ancona was quoted as saying. “Half of them don’t have the rituals for our ceremonies.”
Murray dismissed Ancona’s criticism in a brief statement to The Wire.
“I could care less what another Imperial Wizard said,” Murray was quoted as saying. “The KKK has raised funds. We have already raised nearly $1,200.”
However, Ancona did confirm that some Klan members were in Ferguson to follow up on a pledge to “guard white businesses” amid the widespread protests that have taken place since Brown was killed.
Those members have been instructed not to wear KKK apparel in public, he said, and have been reporting “reporting to law enforcement,” but Ancona did not identify the businesses they were “protecting.”
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[h/t The Huffington Post]