Ohio city sues KKK-affiliated group in attempt to stop rally

Ohio city sues KKK-affiliated group in attempt to stop rally

A city in Ohio is suing a KKK-affiliated group in an attempt to stop it from holding a downtown rally over Memorial Day weekend.

The city of Dayton announced plans Wednesday to file a lawsuit requesting an injunction before the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana hold their event, according to the Dayton Daily News.

City officials are arguing the group is a paramilitary organization and, as such, would violate Ohio law by holding a military-style rally.

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“I will do everything I can to make it difficult for a group outside our community to come into our community and spread hate," Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D) said Wednesday about the plan to request an injunction, according to local new outlet Fox 45.

Dayton previously issued the group a permit to hold the rally, saying it was legally required to do so.

But the permit application from the group shows it plans on bringing weapons to the rally, Barbara Doseck, Dayton’s law department director, said at a Wednesday press conference.

The group is planning to hold a rally of roughly 10 to 20 members scheduled for May 25 in Dayton’s downtown Courthouse Square plaza, which is often used for festivals and events.

Doseck added that the group's social media presence shows it intends to create a public nuisance by holding the rally.

The group lists itself as a Christian organization on its social media pages but is included on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of KKK-related hate groups.