a 1979 Civil Rights March, Curtis Robinson shot a KKK
member. He was convicted of assault with intent to murder and
the rest of the legal action became the Center's first KKK
The case required in depth research and information on the Klan.
Eventually over 2 decades the project turned into Klanwatch, which
is a KKK monitory project.
They now track not only the Klan but other hate groups as well.
These hate groups include militias, Neo Nazis, Skinheads,
and Christian Identities.
Today many authorities rely on the Klanwatch publications and
the Klanwatch database for the latest information on hate groups
and hate group activities. Such information helps law enforcement
officials and law makers deal with and prevent hate crimes more
In fact a part of the Klanwatch project is to conduct training
sessions with law
enforcers on how to deal with hate crimes and hate groups. And
these sessions and efforts have made it all worth while and proved
successful. Before a 1992 Skinhead
rally, the Birmingham AL officers attended a seminar held by the
Center. The rally passed without any incidents of violence.
Even the Federal Bureau of Investigation and law enforcers rely
on the Center and information provided by the Intelligence Project.
The project has over 65,891 documents and reports on specific
incidents of hate and over 12,094 photos related to hate. These
numbers were taken in 1996. This information is used by such authorities
as the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Dept.