Leaders of a KKK faction active in GA arrested in NC stabbing

Leaders of a Ku Klux Klan faction active in Georgia have had a tough time of it lately.

Over the weekend, two leaders of the Loyal Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were arrested in North Carolina in connection with the stabbing of third klansman prior to a victory parade celebrating the election of President-elect Donald Trump.

William Hagen, 50, a grand dragon from Orange, Calif., and another Klan leader, Chris Barker, 37, of  East Yanceyville, N.C., face charges in Caswell County, N.C. According to multiple news reports, Hagen is accused of stabbing fellow Klansman Richard Dillon, 47, of Indiana, before a planned Trump victory march in North Carolina. Barker is charged with aiding and abetting in the attack.

Trump has disavowed the approval of such white supremacist groups.

Christopher Barker

Christopher Barker

William Hagen

William Hagen

The Loyal Knights of the Ku Klux Klan have been active in Georgia lately. The group is believed to be behind the distribution of leaflets condemning efforts to make public restrooms more accommodating to transgender people. Leaflets were thrown in driveways in Woodstock and Douglas County earlier this year calling transgender people “freaks” and accusing them of “jeopardizing the safety of bathrooms all across the nation.”

The same group has been in the middle a neighborhood dispute with a would-be developer in a high-priced residential neighborhood in Milton who rented his land to the Klan for weekend rallies.

In South Carolina, the Loyal White Knights were active in protests after Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of a ceremonial Confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol following the shootings in the black church in Charleston in June 2015.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks the KKK and other extremist groups, cheered the arrests, claiming the group was “falling apart at the seams.”

“The stabbing highlights an ongoing pattern of leadership difficulties and dissension in the ranks that have plagued LWK for months,” the SPLC reported. “Even the simple task of carrying out a highly publicized parade to celebrate President-elect Trump’s victory turned into a farce.”

In a recent report, the Anti-Defamation League said the Loyal White Knights is the most active of various KKK factions with “a fairly expansive geographical reach.” Even so, the ADL estimated its membership at 150-200, but the report said the group magnifies its influence “typically through fliering, which requires only a single participant.”

Hagen, also known as William Quigg, has been in trouble before. He was arrested in Anaheim at a “White Lives Matter” protest in February where white nationalists clashed violently with left-wing counter-demonstrators. He also gained brief national fame in March for his suspect endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

Barker has an interesting history as well. He gained local notoriety for giving the FBI secretly recorded conversations with a fellow klansman who dreamed of developing a ray gun to shoot Muslims. He also reportedly was involved in flag protests at the South Carolina statehouse.

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Joe Bloe
Joe Bloe

First y'all must excuse me for the anonymous name, , the reason is obvious, but reading the following in this morning paper concerning the, "KKK,">>“We are white separatists, just as Yahweh in the Bible told us to be. Well concerning that bible y'all are reading, best go back and RE-READ it, because YAHWEH (Jesus) and all his Apostles, and the people he ministered to for his 3 yr. ministry WERE ALL JEWISH, and he attended the TEMPLE up until the last report of him in the bible at the age of 12. Best go back to SUNDAY SCHOOL, FOOLS!!!!!!

Shaka Paul
Shaka Paul

No point of complaining about it the feds have not done anything about them they will continue to be judges police officers and politicians and people wonder why awakened black folks stop voting.

Jean Sorbet Scott
Jean Sorbet Scott

At least they stabbed one of their own. If they are all like this it is not a bad thing. Have at it!

Bobbie Mac
Bobbie Mac

no , different from black gang members who kill their own members too.

Scotty Rogers
Scotty Rogers

BLM is just as much a hate group as the KKK.

Jack Tilson
Jack Tilson

Another person without education speaking on things they don't even understand.

Scotty Rogers
Scotty Rogers

I'm white, so everything I say is either racist or wrong.

Ronnel Sherwood Orphan
Ronnel Sherwood Orphan

Scotty Rogers I'm white too, but what you said is both racist & stupid. How's that for you.

Ruby Cooper
Ruby Cooper

Don't agree with them - we all need to respect each other and get along!

Helen Wheeler Ellis
Helen Wheeler Ellis

Maybe they will kill themselves off. Keep the jack Daniel coming.!\U0001f60a\U0001f60a

Susan Windham
Susan Windham

They are DESPICABLE !!!! the Democrats started this years ago and THEY need to denounce this hate group and apologize to the blacks...and the blacks need to denounce the hate group BLM and apologize because ALL LIVES MATTER!!! STOP THE HATE!!!

Susan Windham
Susan Windham

Then YOU are part of the problem....and your ignorance is laughable....

Rhonda Chambers
Rhonda Chambers

We're nor going to denounce anything due to your lack of comprehension skills!

Gen A. Ohane
Gen A. Ohane

BLM HAS NOT TERRORIZED ANYBODY! YOU NEED TO TAKE A SEAT!

Susan Windham
Susan Windham

Gen A. Ohane, we're you dropped on your head, or just born S-T-U-PID. ....probably the latter....

Rashaan Roland Langley
Rashaan Roland Langley

Please please please Susan Windham explain to me how BLM can logically classified as a hate group P.S. Every time I read about a child molester rapist or killer I think to myself, "NO! Not ALL lives matter....."

Nika Brown
Nika Brown

Whites refuse to see the KKK for who they are because let's face it, THEY DON'T HATE YOU i get it. Buy please tell us what blm has done to you? Did they torture you? Bomb your church? Kill a loved one? Threaten to hang you? Beat you? What are they apologizing for?

Susan Windham
Susan Windham

Rashaan Roland Langley, are you freakin' kidding me....YES, EVERY LIFE MATTERS.....past that, you are too ignorant to even hold an intelligent conversation with....and BLM IS A TERRORIST GROUP...A HATE GROUP who STIRS the POT and the illustrious IDIOT in the WH is of the same mentality...the fact that some people refuse to see it for what it REALLY is, makes them part of the problem. ...

Susan Windham
Susan Windham

And BLACKS refuse to admit what BLM really is...Nika, you haven't been beaten, tortured, had your church blown up, been threatened or ANY of those things done to you personally, have you? BLM hasn't affected me either..BUT, to CONTINUE to repeat the rhetoric means the hate continues....GET OVER WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST. . STOP THE HATE IN THE PRESENT. .......to kill police officers for what DEAD PPL DID DECADES AGO makes them NO DIFFERENT than the KKK...BOTH ARE HATE GROUPS...

Lonnie Carr
Lonnie Carr

Nikia Brown, Uh... Burning, stealing, looting, assault, murder.......should i go on?

Susan Windham
Susan Windham

They want to ignore the truth about the BLM group .... I DETEST the KKK, just because the KKK is A WHITE group doesn't mean that every white person agrees with them.....BOTH GROUPS ARE DEPLORABLE and ANYONE participating in HATE GROUPS are in their very essence a TERRORIST!! Obama COULD HAVE brought a source of healing and GREAT pride to this nation but he has sent it back to the 20th century with his hate. ....he will go down in history NOT as a GREAT BLACK LEADER like MLK but as the MOST divisive and WORST president this nation has EVER known.. WHAT A SHAME TO LEAVE THAT LEGACY AS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN president. It's pitiful!!!

Deborah Hernandez
Deborah Hernandez

Carefull Susan your true self is showing. The ugliness that spewes from your mouth regarding president obama is the same ignorany bs that the kkk vomits. Your hate of our president of 8 years is showing. STOP THE HATE ...YOU NEED TO LOOK TO YOURSELF FIRST.

Jack Tilson
Jack Tilson

Wrong again racist White Woman from Louisiana. The KKK was not a political party stupid. It was a racial group. It was started by racist white folk like yourself. If any denouncing takes place, it needs to come from you.

Carolyn Denise Lindsey-Grobes
Carolyn Denise Lindsey-Grobes

Susan Windham , please explain how you can be a hate group by speaking out about social injustice ? Without terrorizing, lynching, burning, hanging or murdering anyone ??? If you're intimidated by speeches, matching and protesting you need to stay in the house with a pillow over your head from now on, the world is too dangerous for you smh.

Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers

That's pretty ridiculous to be a member of such groups as this. What is more ridiculous is the KKK taking a stance and doing the work against the transgender restroom movement that the churches are supposed to be doing. Lord help us.

Brandy Tucker Lmt
Brandy Tucker Lmt

Accept that taking a position on transgender bathroom use is ridiculous. They are like .005% of the population who have had a sex change. They are the ones who are in danger using bathrooms that don't match their appearance. This is not a church matter. It is a civility matter and taking an opposing position makes you the uncivilized one.

Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers

No civilized person is going to stand for transgender males who haven't had a sex change to use the same restroom with their daughters. It's past time for the churches to stand up against this deteriorating tyrannical government and say enough is enough before pedophiles start taking advantage of that policy to dress like women to prey on young girls using the restroom. It's totally senseless. Only your kind would agree with it because you lack moral judgment.

Jack Tilson
Jack Tilson

Charles Rogers what you call a civilized man the rest of us call a bigot.

Brandy Tucker Lmt
Brandy Tucker Lmt

If the right hadn't made such an issue about this no one would be giving pedophiles ideas about cross dressing to get into the women's restroom. And frankly are you really that dense that you really think invisible boundaries stops people like that? You btw don't have any clue what moral judgement means. The church doesn't have a monopoly on morality. IE priests and mega church pastors.

Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers

I have a lot more better idea of moral judgment than you do. I grew up when homosexuality was frowned upon and we had prayer in school. I never said that churches had a monopoly on morality. The Bible does. It takes a really dense person like yourself to take something someone said out of context and top it off to be so narrow minded to twist everything they said to your own liking. I never said resolving the restroom issue would stop pedophilia. I said (because people have already done it) that no decent person is going to want any male transgender or a man dressed like a woman using the same restroom as their daughter. I'm not alone on this issue. There are probably over a billion people that will agree with me. Pedophiles already have enough ways to victimize children. We don't need to help them develope a new way. Like you said transgenders only make up a small percent. Hell they don't even have a voice yet they're so small of a percentage. We need to keep it the way it's always been and that's women use their restroom and men use theirs.

Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers

Yeah Jack Tilson people like me who have fought against pedophilia and stood up for child rights and got laws past to give longer prison terms for child predators you probably call a bigot. I agree ya'll have no decency when it comes to name calling and moral issues.

Bryan McMichael
Bryan McMichael

People are just Butt hurt because their candidate didn't win and are grasping at straws to argue. Lol libs are a joke. Let a man walk in a bathroom my daughter is in and I won't wait for the law.

John Jones
John Jones

The kkk is just as bad as all the other hate groups

Andre'aous Anieus Latimer
Andre'aous Anieus Latimer

What do you mean just as bad, hell they are the original hate group here in America. To be honest they are the only hate group in America

Sandra Bryant
Sandra Bryant

The KKK is irrelevant now what's fashionable in racism is White Nationalism.

Darnell Arford
Darnell Arford

No. White Nationalism is not popular. Nationalism is. But, it's pretty ignorant to parrot the narrative that CNN, NYT, Washington Post, and The Atlantic are spewing about racism being the driving force behind any kind of a Nationalist movement.

Sandra Bryant
Sandra Bryant

Darnell Arford I know that you about Richard Spencer and Breitbart news. I know what's going on. We know what's going on.

Tina Stephens
Tina Stephens

Correction; what is fashionable is global terrorism! Any race baiting person is apparently detoured from world news and follows fake news! Be vigilant! For your safety.

Sandra Bryant
Sandra Bryant

I'm safe Tina Stephens well as far as I can see is racist telling lies about terrorism when the KKK invented terrorism. And then have the absolute nerve to plant fear in people's brains. I'm not afraid of terrorist they're not coming to Atlanta Georgia.