Organizers say they'll burn cross JANESVILLE (AP) - A Ku Klux Klan organizer recently elevated to the rank of Exalted Cyclops says members will wear white robes and burn a cross at a rally later this month at Lustig Park here.
"The police said they will give us a $91 ticket for lighting the cross, which we will pay," Ken Petersen said.
The fine would be for illegal burning within city limits.
Klan officials from Arkansas, Texas and Illinois have been invited to speak at the May 30 gathering.
"It will be a very large gathering. I really don't know how many, a couple of thousand people," Petersen said. "There will be robed people there."
Police Commander George Brunner said the city is monitoring Klan activities and "will consider the safety and security of the community as the event approaches."
The city approved last week spending $9,300 for anti-riot gear.
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Petersen said the group would not be "inviting any agitators."
He said supporters, including so-called skinheads, have been told no swastikas will be allowed at the gathering.
Skinheads attended a Feb. 15 Wisconsin Knights of the Ku Klux Klan press conference at the Rock County Courthouse in which 11 Klans people made themselves public.
Only two - Petersen and his wife, Carol - were from Janesville.
Brunner said the Klan does not need a city permit to gather on public property.
The city's leisure services division allows groups to use park pavilions by reservation, but director Mike Williams said the KKK had not made a reservation as of Friday.