Palmetto Sunrise: Senators to hold hearing on protests

Members of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan from Pelham, N.C., clash with counter demonstrators at the Statehouse Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Columbia. (Paul Zoeller/Staff)

COLUMBIA — Some of South Carolina’s senators want answers on who allowed dueling protests to take place at the Statehouse on the same day earlier this month.

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Educators for Justice, a group affiliated with the New Black Panther Party, were both approved to hold rallies at the Statehouse on July 18.

The result was hundreds of police officers from at least eight agencies trying to protect the public on the same, sweltering day. Five people were arrested and seven were taken to elsewhere by paramedics for additional treatment that day.

A meeting has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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