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Las Vegas police help kick out veterans' group from downtown parade

Posted at 8:13 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 23:13:53-05

A group of veterans scheduled to march in the Veterans Day Parade were kicked out by organizers who claimed they were spreading a political message.

Some of the confrontation was caught on camera.

You can hear a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer say to a marcher, "I'm going to arrest you if you don't leave the parade."

The group is called Veterans For Peace, and they signed up to be in the parade.

It quickly became clear the organizers didn't want them there, citing the group's political agenda.

"Because of our message of peace and not war and not militarism, they decided we shouldn't be in their parade," said Michael Kerr of Veterans For Peace.

Kerr was detained in the back of a police car for a short time and was ultimately let go.

"We're totally non-political," said Bill Stojack, the parade chair. "We have a rule that we strictly enforce."

Stojack says their parade permit gave the organizers the right to deny entry to the group.

When organizers had trouble deterring the marchers, they called Las Vegas police.

"I felt afraid and I didn't know quite what to do," said Caroline Davies of Veterans for Peace.

No one was arrested but it left both sides left with a bitter taste in their mouths.

Stojack accuses the group of misrepresenting themselves.

Kerr said the organizers should be ashamed.