Federal Judge Allows Ku Klux Klan to Distributes Leaflets in Cape Girardeau
A Ku Klux Klan group won a preliminary injunction late Thursday allowing it to proceed with plans to place leaflets on vehicles today in the southeast Missouri city of Cape Girardeau.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Cape Girardeau earlier this month in federal court on behalf of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK, challenging the city’s ban on putting leaflets on unoccupied vehicles. The suit claims the ban violates Klan members’ free speech rights under the First Amendment.
The Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK had planned to place handbills on vehicles in Cape Girardeau today and other dates that have not been determined. But the Klan group learned the city allows fliers to be distributed only when vehicle occupants are willing to accept them.
Judge John A. Ross noted that the KKK was likely to prevail and wrote that “the balance of the equities and the public interest weigh in favor of granting the injunction so as to allow freedom of speech.”