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Ever since self appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman gunned down unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people have been wary of overzealous neighborhood watch members. In Philadelphia, the Tacony Town Watch decided to play it safe by giving one longtime neighborhood watch member, who is also a Grand Dragon in the KKK, the boot.
Bill Walters’ connection to the KKK was apparently revealed after a slew of Klan fliers arrived at the home of residents in the community.
“We received information that Bill had been distributing flyers in the neighborhood trying to recruit new members,” said town watch president Joe Nicoletti when explaining the ouster of Walters. “And part of our bylaws state that members must promote harmony in the neighborhood, and we all know that harmony is not what the KKK is about.”
For his part, Walters says he’s been with the KKK for 30 years and says he doesn’t understand why there’s a problem. He also points to the fact that he’s been a member of the neighborhood watch for five years without incident–up until those mysterious KKK fliers of course.
“We are a conservative Christian group,” Walters claimed. “My rights were infringed upon. I can’t believe in what I want to? This has infringed on my First Amendment rights. It’s reverse discrimination.”
A group of KKK members showed up to support Walters, but after onlookers mocked the Klan members, they left.
Walters wants to file a legal claim against the town for giving him the boot, but the attorneys that he has met with have been unwilling to take his case.
He explained that the Klan isn’t what it used to be.
“I know we have a bad name, but it’s not that way no more,” he explains “When was the last time a black or Hispanic got hung on a tree?”