From the AP:
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — A former mayor testified Monday for Edgar Ray Killen in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers, standing up for the former Ku Klux Klansman and calling the white-supremacist group a “peaceful organization.”
Harlan Majure, who was mayor of this rural Mississippi town in the 1990s, said Killen was a good man and that the part-time preacher’s Klan membership would not change his opinion.
Majur said the Klan “did a lot of good up here” and said he was not personally aware of the organization’s bloody past.
“As far as I know it’s a peaceful organization,” Majure said. His comment was met with murmurs in the packed courtroom.
Oh, that’s what all those people were doing standing around a burning cross — holding hands and singing Kum By Ya.