Ku Klux Klan members placed flyers on several cars at the South County Target on Tuesday. The group planned to visit Arnold in October, but police haven't received any complaints.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The advertisements were placed on the windshields of several cars this afternoon. In October, the Ku Klux Klan had planned to visit Arnold. But so far, police haven't received any complaints.
Holiday shoppers got a little more than they bargained for in South County this afternoon: flyers from the Ku Klux Klan. Arnold Patch Editor Sheri Gassaway received a reader tip that the Klan was placing flyers on cars at the South County Target around 1:30 p.m. There were only about 20 cars with flyers when Patch arrived. No Klan members were present. The flyers boldly displayed the KKK logo and drawings of figures in white hoods. The literature didn't contain threatening or overtly hateful speech. St. Louis County Police told Patch Target has every right to refuse the KKK into their parking lot. The lot is considered private property with public access. In October, KKK members had planned to place literature on vehicles in Arnold. See …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Arnold officials last week agreed to allow the Ku Klux Klan to place flyers on vehicles in spite of the city's law banning the practice. The threat of a lawsuit is what swayed the council's decision.
Imperial Wizard/President Frank Ancona, of the Traditionalist American Knights Ku Klux Klan based in Park Hills, MO, said his group was asked to come to Arnold. See previous article: KKK Lawsuit Persuades Arnold to Allow Flyers on Vehicles "Sometimes we get requests from residents and members in the area because of drug or crime problems," he said. "I believe the Arnold request was made because of a crime against a child in that town. The Klan has a severe issue with crimes against children." Ancona said the group, based in Park Hills, MO, recently conducted a drive in Desoto, Mo, because someone had requested its presence because of another reported crime against a child. He added that the group also gets frequent calls regarding drug …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The threat of a lawsuit issued by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Klan has persuaded city officials to allow the practice even though Arnold has a law that bans it.
Friday, October 19, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union has issued an injunction on behalf of the Ku Klux Klan that Arnold allow the placement of advertisements on vehicles in spite of the city's law banning the practice.
Arnold shoppers may find Ku Klux Klan literature on their car windshields as soon as this weekend, and the group will not be penalized for the practice. An Arnold law dating back to 1975 bans the placement of advertisements on vehicles and imposes penalties against offenders, said Arnold City Attorney Bob Sweeney. It was enacted to address littering and to protect private property. However, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)—on behalf of the KKK—has served the city an injunction requesting that it rescind the ordinance to allow KKK members to place literature on vehicles without penalty, Sweeney said. "Do we want to challenge the action, which could result in a lawsuit?" Sweeney asked the city council at its meeting Thursday night…