Dayton Mayor 'Very Concerned' After KKK Group Plans to Rally Again Weeks Before Presidential Election

A Ku Klux Klan group which held a rally in an Ohio city last year, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in security costs, are planning on holding another rally this September, weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

The Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana have submitted a permit application to hold a public speaking event on September 5 having last come to the city on May 25, 2019, for a Memorial Day legal protest in the city's Courthouse Square.

The event, which was overwhelmingly met with counter protesters, passed without any serious incident or arrests.

However, the security costs for the rally, including bringing in additional police officers to separate the handful of KKK members from the hundreds of demonstrators, cost the city of Dayton around $650,000.

"Montgomery County has received an application from the same group that came to Courthouse Square last year. At this time, the application has not been approved," Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert told WHIO.

The application states that around 10 to 20 Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana members are planning to show up to the rally in Dayton, if approved.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is hoping that the permit will be rejected by the country. She said she already reached out to the Ohio Govenor Mike DeWine, congressman Mike Turner, and senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman to ask for assistance.

"I know many people are angry and afraid about the news that a hate group is planning to come back to Dayton. I'm angry too," Whaley said in a statement.

"I want people to know that the city is doing everything in our power to stop our community from having to go through this again. To start, the City Commission will introduce an anti-mask ordinance that will be on the calendar on March 11."

The anti-mask law is similar to Georgia legislation pushed through in 1951 to combat KKK gatherings.

Speaking to WOSU, Whaley added the fact might take place two months ahead of the 2020 Election Day is also making her "very nervous."

She added, "It has nothing to do with Dayton and everything to do with the national contest. That makes me very concerned about this."

As reported by the Dayton Daily News, Montgomery County had little choice but to allow the the KKK group to hold a rally under First Amendment rights despite widespread protests and appeals.

"They [Honorable Sacred Knights] were probably hoping we would deny it," Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman said in 2019.

"Because if we would have denied it, they would have sued us, and they would have won, and we would have paid them a great deal of money."

Brianna Wooten, director of communications for Montgomery County, added to WHIO, "Because the permit has not been approved, it would be premature to comment on any of this at this time."

The county has been contacted for an update on the permit application.

Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana
The Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana and affiliated members hold a rally at Courthouse Square on May 25, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio. The white supremacist gorup are hoping to stage another event in Dayton this September. Matthew Hatcher/Getty