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Attorney for Arrested Protesters Criticizes Anaheim Police Response to KKK Rally

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Paramedics tend to a protester who was stabbed during the KKK rally in Anaheim on Feb. 27, 2016. Many people at the park were demanding to know why police did not have a larger presence at the scene before the violence broke out. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Criticism of the Anaheim Police Department’s response to a Ku Klux Klan rally that erupted in violence over the weekend continued Monday as an attorney for three people who took part in protests against the group and were arrested claimed officers broke the arm of one of his clients.

Thomas Kielty, who is representing the three protesters arrested near Pearson Park on Saturday, said Hugo Contreras suffered a broken arm as police took him into custody. Kielty said his clients were attempting to detain a klansman who had stabbed another protester and that police mistook them for aggressors when they were arrested on suspicion of elder abuse.

Contreras, a 38-year-old Hawthorne resident, was arrested along with Mark Liddell, 26, of Los Angeles, and Nicole Rae Schop, a 24-year-old high school teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Kielty criticized the Police Department’s response to the violence, which broke out when a group of counter-protesters swarmed a small group of KKK members outside the park about noon.

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