Hate Crime Nov08
Legal battle seeks to bankrupt the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Nov 2008
Jordan Gruver, a scrawny 16 year old Panamanian American, was beaten by two reputed Ku Klux Klan (KKK) white supremacists in July of 2006 at a County Fair in Kentucky.. The poor 5 foot tall 150 lb Panamanian descendant never had a chance against the 6 foot tall 300 lb Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members approached Jordan Gruver and began harassing him about his descendancy by taunting him, spitting him in the face, degrading him by throwing garbage at him. Things escalated and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) white supremacists knocked Jordan to the ground and began physically assaulting him to the point where he needed medical attention. The end result of the assault by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members included a broken jaw, broken forearm, two cracked ribs, and a barrage of bruises and scars all over his body. .
.These actions by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members prompted Gruver, with the assistance of Southern Poverty Law Center, to enter in a civil lawsuit to collect damages for the incident. Gruver is not just suing the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members that attacked him he is suing the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Imperial Klans of America hoping to win damages that will ultimately bankrupt the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members that were named as defendants in the trial were Ron Edwards “Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) , Jarred Hensley “Grand Titan for Ohio’s Ku Klux Klan (KKK), Joshua Cowles “Exalted Cyclops for the Ku Klux Klan” and Andrew Watkins “Imperial Gothi for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and its webmaster”. The latter of the two gentlemen for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) settled out of court while the first two took their case to trial. The jury consisted of all white folks split evenly between men and women. The courts identified Cowles, Hensley, and Watkins as the perpetrators of the incident. Apparently the defendant’s were on a recruiting mission for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) when they approached Gruver and began insulting him with racial slurs. Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members Hensley and Watkins then knocked Gruver to the ground and began assaulting him. The two perpetrators settled for plea bargains with the court to serve time in the Kentucky state prison system.
Edwards represented himself and made his case by saying that he nor the Ku Klux Klan had nothing to do with the incident nor did he have any knowledge of its occurrence. Edwards came to the disposition earlier with his head shaved branding a profane reference on his head in an attempt to show his contempt for the prosecution. Despite him saying he nor the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) historically had nothing to do with the incident the jury found them guilty and awarded the plaintiffs damages in the amount of $2.5 million dollars. The damages alleged that the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members mistakenly thought Gruver was an illegal Mexican Immigrant when in reality he is an American citizen of Panamanian and Native American descent.
The verdict consisted of $1.5 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages charged against “Imperial Wizard for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)” Ron Edwards. This large sum against the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was a blow to their organization as the teen was allowed full access to the Ku Klux Klan’s assets including its 15 acre headquarters in Kentucky
The law center said before the verdict that a large damage award could break the Klan group, allowing the teen and the law center to seize the group’s assets, including its headquarters, a 15-acre compound in Dawson Springs, Kentucky.
This deafening blow to the assets and finances of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) made history. This winning was a victory against racism and the hateful behavior of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and its members and set the precedence for hate affiliated groups and their guilt by association. The history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is plagued with acts of terrorism against others incited by individuals and not the agency itself. By losing this suit the United States of America has shown that they will not tolerate hate crimes incited by any organization not just the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
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