MUSKEGON, Mich. – A police officer with the Muskegon Police Department has been fired Thursday after it was discovered that he had KKK memorabilia on display in his home, NBC reported.
Records showed that former officer Charles Anderson was placed on administrative leave while the department investigated following a Facebook post that pointed to Anderson as owning and displaying an application for the Ku Klux Klan along with a number of confederate flags in his home, which was for sale.
Charles Anderson, who had KKK memorabilia in his home, has lost his job at the Muskegon Police Department. https://t.co/bkvvdxG0Se
— WOOD TV8 (@WOODTV) September 12, 2019
Robert Mathis, who is black, was touring the white officer’s home with his wife and two children, along with a realtor, NBC wrote.
During their time inside the home, Mathis reportedly noticed a number of troubling displays on the walls, including an application to the Ku Klux Klan. He took a picture and uploaded it to Facebook on August 7. Mathis said that when he posted the photo, he didn’t know the identity of the officer, and did not disclose any personal information about him in the post.
But other commenters in the thread apparently called out Anderson by name. Muskegon police then had the post “brought to its attention” and began an investigation the claims of their officer “being in possession of certain items associated with a white supremacy group.”
Mathis reportedly received death threats following the picture being uploaded to social media.
“My wife and I have been house shopping for a little over a month now; searching houses in Sterling Heights, GrandRapids, Hudsonville, and Muskegon,” Mathis’s post read. “Today we were looking at a house in Holton that we both agreed would be perfect, so we meet our realtor to see the house it’s beautiful. As we are walking to the house I’m seeing confederate flags on the walls the dining room table and even the garage.”
Mathis went on to say that he could not believe he was in the house of a uniformed officer.
“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.”
Anderson was placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which concluded and gave its verdict this week.
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The Mathis family apparently had a tough time making the decision to post the pictures online, but ultimately agreed that they had to let people in the area know what was happening in their town.
‘Rob and Reyna Mathis said they felt a range of emotions, including anger, sadness and shame, after they saw the Ku Klux Klan document inside the house in Holton Township, about 20 miles northeast of Muskegon, NBC wrote.
Michigan police officer who had KKK memorabilia in his home has been fired. https://t.co/cXMEl2iyMa
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 13, 2019
Anderson was terminated from the department on Thursday afternoon. He served the Muskegon force for more than 20 years.
Experts expected that the entire report would likely be released next week.
NBC noted that the Police Officers Labor Council, nor Anderson could be reached for comment.
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