Election seen as factor behind revival of Klan
More than 200 hate-related incidents, including cross-burnings, assassination betting pools and effigies of President-elect Barack Obama, have been reported so far, according to law-enforcement authorities and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups. Racist Web sites are boasting that their servers are crashing under the weight of exponential increases in page views.
Even more ominously, America's most potent symbol of racial hatred—the Ku Klux Klan—has begun to reassert itself, emerging from decades of disorganization and obscurity in a spate of recent violence.
A Meade County jury issued the verdict on Friday ordering Imperial Klans of America's (IKA) Imperial Wizard, Ron Edwards, and former Klansman Jarred Hensley to pay the amount to Jordan Gruver, 19.
The half-Panamanian, half-native American Gruver was 16 when the attack occurred at a county fair. He suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs and trauma after KKK members with steel-toed boots kicked him as he was lying on the ground.
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