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Roxboro police to host Monday meeting after Ku Klux Klan parades

Posted December 4, 2016
Updated December 6, 2016

— Officials with the Roxboro Police Department will host a meeting Monday to discuss 20 vehicles organized by the Ku Klux Klan that drove through the city on Saturday celebrating Donald Trump's victory.

The Ku Klux Klan celebrated Trump's win with a parade, waving Confederate and American flags from cars Saturday afternoon in Roxboro. Natalie Allison Janicello, a reporter for The (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News, captured the convoy on video and shared it on Twitter.

Roxboro Police Chief David Hess said the group posted the event on social media but never said it would take place in Roxboro. According to Hess, the group was present for around five minutes, and there were no bystanders watching.

Officers blocked an intersection along N.C. Highway 501 so the convoy would move and exit as quickly as possible. Resident Gerald Wallace said he was disappointed to see the parade happen in his community.

"My issue was you allowed this to happen and you didn't notify your community. My child, along with any other African-American child or any white child could have been standing on the corner or the road and could have been called the 'N word'," Wallace said.

Hess said the city learned of the parade at the last minute.

Concern from the community has prompted Hess and other officials to host a press conference discussing their process in handling the group's unexpected visit.

"I and the City of Roxboro do not condone the beliefs of the KKK," said Hess. "We understand their presence invoked raw emotions. I will address those emotions and the justified legal response of the police department during the press conference."

The meeting will be held at the Roxboro Police Department located at 109 South Lamar Street at 12 p.m.

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  • Luis Avila Dec 5, 2016
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    Pointless to have a conversation with ignorant people.

  • Luis Avila Dec 5, 2016
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    You are totally right!

  • Luis Avila Dec 5, 2016
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    Well said!!!

  • Jeff Freuler Dec 5, 2016
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    Just like the other race groups like BLM and Black Panthers?

  • Sheila Moore Dec 5, 2016
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    If you call 20 cars driving through town in 5 minutes a "parade," you need to get out more. We are ALL entitled to free speech and free assembly. Even the children have to learn that.

  • Ethan Mathews Dec 5, 2016
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    The KKK is a hate group as is the NAACP, BLM and Black Panthers. Each advocate on the superiority of their race over others. I was in DC last year inadvertently during the same time as a BLM protest was being held and was astonished at the hateful racist rhetoric spewed from the platform from various speakers.

  • Anita Smith Dec 5, 2016
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    I agree!

  • Will Powers Dec 5, 2016
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    If WRAL stirs this enough, it still will not amount to a real news story. Let's move on instead of attempting to manufacture a crisis where none exists.

  • Kenneth Anderson Dec 5, 2016
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    The KKK needs to be ignored, especially for a non-event such as this. From everything I've seen regarding this, the KKK "parade" was nothing more than a group of cars that passed through town and never even bothered to stop or get out. They had to have driven through other towns or communities and probably drove through more once they passed Roxboro. Holding a news conference and news coverage is just raising their profile. These fringe groups couldn't care less about what anyone thinks of them. They even thrive on the condemnation. Ignore them.

  • Clif Bardwell Dec 5, 2016
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    Unfortunately, legally, they are allowed to hold such parades. Call it an unfortunate side effect of the way our government works. If you ban their group because it offends you, they can ban your group because it offend them.

    But, I have an idea for how to handle KKK parades in the future. Line up on the parade route. I mean, break out the lawn chairs, popcorn, and cocoa. Make a party of it. Then, as the parade passes, point and laugh like your belly is about to bust.

    Groups like the KKK are all about intimidation. As long as they sense your fear and outrage, they are empowered. But if we publicly treat them like the mockery they are, perhaps they will eventually melt away to oblivion.

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