The North Carolina Ku Klux Klan group that rallied at the Capitol this month plans to file for federal and city permits for an Oct. 14 parade on Constitution Avenue, a member of the group said yesterday.
Klan member Linda Griffin -- the wife of Virgil Griffin, the leader of the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan -- said she, her husband and about 40 other members want to return to Washington to march because they were denied their right to do so on Labor Day weekend.
"We have a right to walk that street," she said, referring to Constitution Avenue. "It doesn't make any difference who doesn't like us. We have a constitutional right to express our views."
Griffin said her husband would come to Washington Monday for a meeting with the various police agencies from which permission for a march must be obtained.
Arthur Spitzer, legal director of the regional branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, said he would accompany Griffin to the meeting. Spitzer said last week that he believed the Klan's rights had been abridged during the Sept. 2 event.
The Klan had expected during that gathering to meet on the Washington Monument grounds, march along Constitution and hold a rally at the Capitol. It had permits from the U.S. Capitol Police, the District police and the National Park Service, and some 2,500 officers were on hand to protect the group from anti-Klan demonstrators.
Virgil Griffin said last week that he agreed with the police to "go around" 14th Street and Constitution, where several thousand demonstrators had gathered, and march only half of the Klan's planned route.
Instead, D.C. police bused the group directly to the Capitol, preventing the march entirely. Griffin said later that he believed his First Amendment rights had been violated and that he wanted to return to the city.
D.C. Police Chief Isaac Fulwood Jr. disagreed with Griffin's version of events, saying that the Klan decided not to march, but decided to go directly to the Capitol.