After a string of local break ins, a Pennsylvania chapter of one of America’s largest hate groups is taking matters into its own hands. On Monday, the Ku Klux Klan established a neighborhood watch to monitor criminal activity in Fairview Township, Pennsylvania.
According to the imperial wizard, Frank Ancona, the task force was developed to complement existing police efforts — and people in the town have purportedly called on the KKK to do what local authorities aren’t. In the past two months, there have been more than nine alleged vehicle break ins, including a few at a local FedEx. A burglar also attempted to steal from a home in the area.
“It’s just like any neighborhood watch program. It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement,” Ancona told PennLive. “We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good.”
To draw attention to the KKK’s efforts, members have passed out fliers to promote the new endeavor. For instance, one flier assures Fairview Township residents that they can sleep soundly knowing that the KKK is wide awake.
But residents of this town could be facing much greater danger than a few break-ins. George Zimmerman said he was acting as a self-appointed neighborhood watch coordinator when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, claiming he believed Martin to be armed and dangerous. And Pennsylvania, like Florida, even has a Stand Your Ground law that may provide criminal immunity for the same sort of violence perpetrated by Zimmerman.
Pennsylvania’s law stipulates that individuals “have no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his ground and use force, including deadly force if . . . (he) believes it is immediately necessary to do so to protect himself against death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping, or sexual intercourse by force or threat.”
An Urban Institute study revealed that white-on-black crimes are 354 percent more likely to be justified than white-on-white crimes, in states with similar policies.