DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – On May 25th, Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton could be the site of a KKK-affiliated rally as well as a counter protest across the street.
Several community leaders have expressed concern that the group will use Courthouse Square as a space to spread hate.
“Be clear! The Klan is a hate group and they intend to spread their hatred in our city,” voiced Dr. Chad White, the President of Dayton SCLC.
The Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana had their permit approved by Montgomery County after their first attempt failed.
Records show the group used fake names in their initial application.
The county notified the group and let them submit again, something Reverend Jerome McCory takes issue with.
“Why not simply send a letter that says we are unable to grant your request because we can’t verify the name? Then leave it on them as to whether or not they apply,” said McCory.
The Montgomery County Commission released a statement reading in part –
“We are troubled that an out-of-state group like this one has decided to come to our community. However, this is a constitutional issue. We cannot deny any group the ability to exercise their freedom…”
The City of Dayton is asking the hate group to keep their intentions across state lines.
“We invite the applicants to reconsider their decision to hold their rally in our community. Hate is not a Dayton value,” read a statement from the City of Dayton.
A peaceful protest will be held across from the rally between 1-3:00 p.m. on May 25.
A series of town hall meetings will take place across the city to help people navigate what they can and can’t do in response to the rally.
“We will hear from law enforcement to say what will be allowed and what will not be allowed, where this line is that cannot be crossed before an act becomes criminal,” said Dr. White.
The times and dates for the town hall meetings have not been released.
2 NEWS reached out to the Dayton Police Department for comment and they did not respond.