Local KKK Imperial Leader condemns hate shootings near Kansas City
Some people living in Springfield, Mo., say they found flyers from the Ku Klux Klan in their yards on the same day as the shootings in the Kansas City area on Sunday.
Frank Ancona is the Imperial Wizard for the Traditionalist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, based in Park Hills, Mo. In an exclusive interview with KTTS News, he says his group condemns those shootings. (Listen to the interview in the media player above.)
"He was never part of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan," Ancona says of alleged shooter Glenn Cross. "We are an organization that does not believe in violence against anyone regardless of race or religion. We believe everyone has the same rights under the U.S. Constitution," Ancona told KTTS News.
Ancona went on to say, "We condemn what this guy did. He deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law. He went after old people and children. He's just a sick, sick man in my book."
The flyer the group distributed over the weekend promises a neighborhood watch and offers help via a toll-free number.
The Greene County Sheriff says they've received no complaints from neighbors about the flyers.