KKK-affiliated group applies to return to Courthouse Square

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The KKK-affiliated group that held a rally in Courthouse Square last May has filed a petition to return to the city.

Montgomery County public records reveal that the Honorable Sacred Knights, from Madison, Indiana, submitted a permit application to host a “public speaking” event on September 5, 2020 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

To date, the county has not approved their application.

The group rallied in Courthouse Square back in May of 2019, drawing a large crowd of protesters outside the rally.

County Administrator Michael Colbert released a statement, saying, “Montgomery County has received an application from the same group that came to Court House Square last year. At this time, the application has not been approved.”

The City of Dayton held a news conference Monday evening, where Mayor Whaley commented on the situation.

“I understand that people are angry and afraid about the news that this hate group is planning this return trip. Let me be clear: I’m angry, too,” said Mayor Whaley. “After everything our community went through last year, quite frankly, this is too much.”

She went on to say that she has reached out to Governor DeWine, Senators Brown and Portman, and Congressman Turner to ask for their help, adding that the city is doing everything in its power to keep the group from returning.

The City Commission will introduce an anti-mask ordinance on March 11. “It’s something that we learned from another city. The ordinance would make it illegal to wear a mask when committing a crime or reasonably causing fear in other people.”

“I hope the county will do everything in their power to prevent the application from moving forward. Our community has already been through too much,” Whaley said.

The city, she said, simply cannot afford the cost of security last year, about $650,000, to allow the group to hold their rally.

Mayor Whaley said if the KKK-affiliated group is allowed to return for another demonstration, she wants Montgomery County to cover more of those costs.

“The county, since it’s their property, should pay at least half of the costs, which they did not do last year,” Whaley said.

With the rally date scheduled 60 days ahead of the presidential election, the Mayor feels that the general political rhetoric around the country could make the event especially nerve-wracking.

“That makes me very nervous,” she said “So it has nothing to do with Dayton and everything to do with the national contest that makes me very concerned about this.”

Some downtown business owners told 2 NEWS they believe the area does not need another similar rally this year.

“It’s not bringing good attention to downtown,” said Frank Graci, owner of Flying Pizza. “That’s what we need, is good attention. We don’t need negative attention.”

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