- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - Seven people who allegedly beat and stomped white supremacists at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Southern California in February were charged Thursday with assault, battery or resisting police.

The seven could face one to two years in jail if convicted of all misdemeanor charges.

They were arrested after around 50 counter-demonstrators confronted a handful of KKK members who had arrived to hold a “White Lives Matter” rally at Pearson Park in Anaheim on Feb. 28, according to prosecutors.

The counter-demonstration turned violent, and the white supremacists were kicked and punched in the head.

Police said Klansmen armed with knives and the point of a flagpole stabbed three counter-protesters. Five KKK members arrested after the brawl were released because an initial investigation showed they acted in self-defense, police said.

The melee spanned a city block about 3 miles from Disneyland.

Police still were searching for a man who was seen on video kicking a Klansman.

“This case is not about who was holding the protest rally, their racist message, or who was counter protesting. This is about the mob mentality turning violent, which shut down neighboring streets, access to the park, and endangered the community as a whole,” Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said. “Our office does not condone any message of hate, mob violence or vigilante justice.”

Those charged were: Hugo Contreras, 28, of Hawthorne; Randy Felder, 26, of Lakewood; Guy Harris, 20, of Anaheim; Mark Liddell, 26, of Los Angeles; Armando Ortiz, 22, of Santa Ana; Nicole Schop, 24, of Los Angeles; and Alexis Solis, 23, described as homeless.

None were in custody.

Thomas Kielty, an attorney representing Contreras, Schop and Liddell, said his clients tried to stop a Klansman who stabbed a counter-demonstrator.

“My clients were not there when the stabbing happened. They had started to leave, and apparently all hell broke loose, and they saw people stabbed, bleeding, on the ground,” Kielty told the Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/29gOw9A ). “People were saying the Klansmen stabbed these protesters and then the police are there just sort of chit-chatting with these guys.”

Similar violence left at least a dozen people injured - including some who were stabbed - Sunday at a white supremacist rally in Sacramento. A large group of counter-protesters battled neo-Nazis with sticks, protests signs and other weapons at the California Capitol.

No arrests have been made.

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