According to the Dayton Daily News it cost the Western Ohio city $650,000 in personnel and materials to allow a Ku Klux Klan to take place. However, only 9 Klan supporters showed up.
The rally attracted national attention partially because of the resources it took to let hate spew into the streets. Luckily, any slogans from the far-right hate group were drowned out by the over 500 counter protesters who made their presence known
Approximately 350 police officers were on hand to keep the peace as the KKK were confined to the courthouse square and separated from the people protesting them by a fence. No arrests or citations were deployed during the event.
Some of the anti-Klan protesters included people dawning Black Panther outfits and shouting slogans like, “Band against the Klan.”
The epic failure of Klan attendance for the rally sparked many on social media to react
Luckily, love for diversity thoroughly defeated hate on Saturday. Hopefully, this rally will discourage other cities from allowing hate groups to spread their bigotry.