WHAS11 discovers criminal past of new KKK leader


by Bryan Shaw


Posted on August 7, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 7:34 AM

SEYMOUR, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Monday, WHAS11 told you about KKK fliers being distributed to homes in the town of Seymour in Southern Indiana. 

The fliers were from the Federal Order of the Cross Knights of the KKK. 

Seymour police initially were unable to find anything on the group's leader, Jarred Hensley, but after more research, WHAS11 was able to find he does have a criminal past.

In July of 2006, Hensley and three other men from the Imperial Klans of America assaulted Jordan Gruver at the Meade County Fair because they thought he was "a border hopper." Gruver, who was 16, suffered a broken jaw and permanent damage to his left arm.

Hensley pleaded guilty and served three years. During the trial, it was revealed that Hensley had prior convictions of assault, aggravated menacing and illegal use of a firearm.

Footage of Hensley was sent to CNN of a Klan meeting from an interview they did with him in February 2006, just months prior to the four IKA members assaulting Gruver.

Hensley was a Grand Titan, or second in command, of the Imperial Klans of America. At one time, it was the largest faction of the KKK.

The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the group on behalf of Gruver and was awarded $2.5 million.

"The fact is these groups continue to grow," Mark Potok of the center said. "We see more and more neo-Nazi type incidents in high schools and even in middle schools."

During the interview, Hensley told CNN correspondent Alina Cho to leave the country.

"I think that you should go build in your country," Hensley said. "You could have been born here, but you are not originally from here, just like we wasn't, but we built this country." 

Seymour police asked residents to continue to just be mindful of their surroundings.

"Every person has identifying scars, marks, and tattoos," Seymour Chief of Police Bill Abbott said. "It’s what we keep track of when we arrest people and just pay attention to tattoos and scars and locations of those as far as descriptions go." 

WHAS11 contacted Hensley again and asked him where he plans to distribute and if he still feels violence is the answer to immigration.

He said they were focusing on Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio and that “those who make peaceful solutions impossible will make violent solutions inevitable."