KKK Members Outnumbered by Counter Protesters at Dayton Rally Saturday

Members of an Indiana Ku Klux Klan group were heavily outnumbered by counter protesters Saturday in Dayton, Ohio.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported only a handful of the Honorable Sacred Knights (HSK), the KKK group from Indiana, were on hand for a two-hour rally that drew law enforcement support from Toledo, Cincinnati, Cleveland and other offices from surrounding areas and around the state.

The planned KKK rally and counter protest led to officials shutting down several city blocks of downtown Dayton, including the Montgomery Courthouse Square. The law enforcement were there to not just keep the HSK and its supporters separated from counter protesters, they were on-hand in case of an eruption of violence, of which there was none, according to reports. Dayton police said the objective of law enforcement was to keep the groups from physically clashing, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley commended her city's work.

"I am very glad that today's events went off without incident and the hate group that tried to threaten our city is gone," Whaley said in a statement.

John Bedell, a reporter for WHIO, said the rally cost the city of Dayton $650,000 for contracts, materials and security details.

"City Manager Shelly Dickstein said the hate rally ran the city a tab of about $650K ... $250K on personnel and almost $400K on contracts and materials. Said they'd have a more exact total in the next few weeks," Bedell tweeted.

The Enquirer reported that Antifa members showed up, clad in all-black and their faces covered in the 89-degree heat, and that members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation were also there to counter protest, doing its part by chanting through megaphones.

Armed protesters also showed up, including nine members of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, which is a group that advocates gun rights for African Americans.

"This ugly chapter is over, but it means we have to get back to real work — making sure that no matter what you look like, where you come from, or who you love, that you can have a great life here in Dayton," said Whaley, who also expressed frustration of spending public funds to secure the premises.

City officials estimated that 500-600 people showed up for the counter protest. The city of Dayton knew of the legal protest days in advance, and they expected upwards of 1,000 counter protesters. They urged people not participating in the rally or protest to stay away from the areas blocked off on Saturday.

The city has indicated they will issue a full report of the cost burden in the coming days.

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