ANAHEIM, Calif. (FOX 11) - A man who identifies himself as the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan in California is speaking out in response to the brutal attack at a KKK rally in Anaheim on Saturday.
Six Klan members and seven counter-protestors were arrested following the melee. Many saying the police did not respond fast enough.
It’s been three days since William Quigg, who identifies himself as the California Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, was kicked and beaten by a crowd of protestors in an Anaheim park.
In light of recent death threats, he refused to remove his hat or glasses for his interview with FOX 11's Christine O' Donnell on Tuesday.
"I want people to know that we are not the so called KKK of the 1800’s and the 1950’s. We don’t hang people. We don’t go and cause trouble. We are a white Christian organization. We are tired of all this Black Lives Matter," the man who identified himself as Will Quigg said.
Quigg pulled up his shirt to show his bruises. He says three of his ribs and his right wrist were fractured during the attack. He also has a ruptured spleen. The brutal video taken by a bystander shows around 50 protestors kicking, punching and stomping Quigg along with his fellow Klansmen.
"It was done because we're white, it’s a hate crime. That’s the definition of hate crime," Quigg said.
"Do you think it was done because you’re white, or because you’re representing the KKK," FOX 11's O' Donnell asked.
"We went there representing our message. We were going to do a walking rally for White Lives Matter." I mean every other race is getting all this attention and no one is focusing on the white race. it’s like hey, we’re being overlooked," Quigg said.
Would you consider yourself a racist," O'Donnell asked. "No. No. I hate nobody. Some of my best friends are hispanic, I have colored friends. My godfather is Indian," Quigg said.
Quigg says he’s disappointed the police didn’t arrive sooner to stop the attack.
Anahiem Police Sargeant Daron Wyatt says they were there as soon as possible. "We did have personal on the seen at the park. They called for uniform personnel to respond. Within a minute and a half our helicopter was overhead, within two minutes we had officers on the ground," Wyatt said.
Wyatt said the group has asked police for extra security, but then refused to pay for it.
"My understanding is they asked for personal security for them. They were explained the process for contracting officers at an event, they didn't want to do that. Then they were going to hire private security and we told them they can't have armed private security in that park, but they were welcome to have unarmed private security, they declined to get any," Wyatt said.
When asked if he understood why the attackers did what they did, because of the history of the clan, Quigg said "They should get over it."
"This is a new millennium, things change. We do not go around in sheets, or burn crosses in lawns, we don’t pull people out of their houses," Quigg said.
Regardless of how much time has gone by, it doesn’t seem that residents are getting over it.
On Monday, a crowd of 300 people denounced the weekend rally by the KKK and the violence that followed. "This city is s tinderbox-lots of emotions-it's important to show there is no room of hatred and violence," marcher Jeff LeTouraeau said.
The District Attorney is combing through videos and says that charges made be filed against aggressors.
Police are still looking for one man.