Clipped From The Monroe News-Star
Blacks Arrested, Charged In Attack On Two Klansmen NEW ORLEANS (AIM — Police Police have arrested two blacks on charges of assaulting two white men — one wearing Ku Klux Klan robes — who marched in front of Robert E Lee’s statue in a birthday commemoration. commemoration. Officers said Roswell Thompson, a recent < andidate for governor who identified himself as the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, wax hit on the arm and cut slightly by a brick in the incident Wednesday Wednesday The other man, Rene La- Costa, who said he was the Imperial Imperial Kludd of the Klan and was in street clothes, was unhurt, unhurt, police said Thompson and LaCosta had placed a wreath and a Confederate Confederate flag at the base of the statue at Lee Circle and were marching up and down when the blacks came up, kicked the flag, and a fight broke out, police police said. Police arrested James N. Smith, 21 and Russell Wynicn, 21, and bonked them for assault. assault.