Philadelphia KKK member kicked out of town watch
A KKK member is crying "reverse discrimination" after being kicked out of the Tacony Town Watch for his extremist ties.
William Walters claims that he was persecuted for his involvement in what he describes as a conservative Christian group. The 20-year Tacony resident was dismissed as a volunteer for the town watch and let go from his position as Republican committeeman for the 65th Ward because of his membership in the East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire, otherwise known as the Ku Klux Klan.
Tacony residents didn't know that their town watchman and ward committee member boasted such ties until Walters distributed KKK flyers around the neighborhood, according to Philadelphia Magazine.
Walters said that he was considering legal action, citing that by asking him to leave, the groups infringed on his First Amendment rights and were guilty of "reverse discrimination." Some of Walters' "Christian" beliefs expressed on Facebook were to "end white discrimination," "stop interracial relations," and claim that "homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God."
Walters said that the KKK is the same as the town watch, whose job he described as getting, "rid of the trash coming in." However, targeting members in the community probably does not make people feel safe and secure, as a town watch is intended to do.
In April, a Pennsylvania chapter of the KKK began its own neighborhood watch in York County, handing out fliers after an influx of home break-ins in the area. The members of the group wrote that they stand, "against all foreign invaders." Police in the area said that the KKK chapter was within their rights, and could only be charged with littering.