All was quiet in and around Sullivan over the weekend as far as any Ku Klux Klan activity is concerned.
Sullivan’s city administration and police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office all confirmed to The Missourian on Monday that there were no reports of KKK fundraisers or gatherings of any kind in the area after rumors were spread in relation to the Aug. 9 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
The shooting led to violent protests and arrests in that city.
“The Sullivan Police Department did not observe, nor did we receive any reported activity related to any Klan or other groups this weekend,” Sullivan Police Lt. Patrick Johnson told The Missourian on Monday afternoon.
Online reports first stated that a KKK “fundraiser” was going to take place in the Sullivan area for Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot and killed Brown, who was black.
Shortly thereafter, web reports stated the fundraiser was a “scam.”
However, Sullivan City Administrator J.T. Hardy told The Missourian on Friday that officials there would continue to “hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”
He said the city needed to take a conservative approach to the local situation and be ready just in case some kind of gathering occurred within city limits, even though officials had no new information as last week progressed and the “scam” rumors surfaced.
“Until the weekend comes and passes, we’re not treating this issue as a rumor,” Hardy said on Friday. “We’d rather be conservative and prepared than having it be the other way around.”