Fred BodimerBy Fred Bodimer

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – A lot of smoke – that’s how a national group that monitors hate groups responds to reported threats from white supremacists about getting involved in any potential Ferguson protests.

Mark Potok with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama says they’ve tracked a threat from just one group – the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klu Klan – to use what it called lethal force in Ferguson against protestors.

“What appears to be the case is that this is nothing more than hot talk,” Potok says. “It’s essentially a publicity stunt. This Klan group has gotten all kinds of attention as a result of this statement … But as far as we know, not a single Klansman has actually gone to Ferguson, and I quite doubt that any will show up.”

But Potok says there are a lot of white supremacist groups out there rubbing their hands together hoping for violence in Ferguson, but again, he doubts any of these groups will show up on site.

Outside of a brief appearance in August by a black extremist group – the New Black Panther Party – Potok says he’s seen no presence of hate groups in Ferguson.

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