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Michigan Cop On Leave After Apparent KKK Document Seen At Home

August 09, 2019 - 12:44 pm

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A white police officer in western Michigan is on paid administrative leave after an apparent Ku Klux Klan document was seen framed on a wall of his home.

The Muskegon Police Department opened an internal investigation after Robert Mathis, who is black, posted on Facebook that he saw the document while touring the officer's Holton-area home, which was for sale. He said he also saw Confederate flags.

"As we are walking to the house I’m seeing confederate flags on the walls the dining room table and even the garage," Mathis wrote. "I’m thinking to myself as a joke I’m walking to the imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan‘s house right now. So to my surprise as I walk into the bedroom there’s an application for the Ku Klux Klan in a frame on the wall and this home is an officer of the Muskegon Police Department.

"I immediately stopped my walk-through and informed the realtor that I am not writing an offer on this home and I am leaving now. I feel sick to my stomach knowing that I walk to the home of one of the most racist people in Muskegon hiding behind his uniform and possibly harassing people of color and different nationalities." 

City Manager Frank Peterson said Thursday that Officer Charles Anderson, who has been on the force more than 20 years, is on leave indefinitely.

In a statement, the City of Muskegon asked for the public's patience as they thoroughly investigate the issue.

Anderson told MLive.com he was advised not to comment, while his wife, Rachael Anderson told WOOD-TV her husband isn't a Klan member and if he could comment "it would probably set a lot of things straight."

Meanwhile, social media has been abuzz about the issue; some people calling for Anderson's firing, and many jumping to his defense. 

Diane Goodman wrote on Facebook: "I am glad you are paying attention and also that you are doing a thorough investigation. It is important to take the appropriate action but only after giving the accused due process."

John Edlund wrote: "It’s just a collection. Even though disturbing, anyone should be able to collect what they want. A gun collector isn’t necessarily a mass murderer."

Vicki Zukiewicz commented: "News flash it's apparently going to be illegal to own antiques or memorabilia considered offensive which will change depending on what the media tells you to be offended by."