It’s the latest saga in a generation of “everyone is offended by everything”.
A Michigan couple took to Facebook to share what they saw in someone else’s home. They were looking at a home for sale, which belonged to a Muskegon police officer.
That officer, Charles Anderson, is now on administrative leave after the revelation of the post on Facebook. The potential home buyers said they discovered Confederate flags and Ku Klux Klan paraphernalia while touring his home.
The couple is now enjoying countless interviews by media outlets who are positioning Anderson as a “white supremacist” and “racist”. But there seems to be a lot more to this story than meets the eye.
Robert and Reyna Mathis, along with their real estate agent, went to see a five-bedroom house, that is owned by Anderson and his wife. Upon entrance to the home, the couple saw the flags on the walls, in the dining room and in the garage.
But it was what they saw in a bedroom that was most unsettling for them.
“There’s a plaque on the wall. So, I walk over to the wall and I read the plaque and it said ‘KKK application.’ So, I was like, ‘I’m done,'” said Robert Mathis, an Army veteran.
The couple then told their agent what they had seen, ending the walk-through. Mathis then took to Facebook to detail the experience he had with his wife. That post has since been removed.
The application was in a wooden frame and appeared to have not been filled out.
“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,” wrote Mathis on Facebook.
Mathis stated that he was in the home of “one of the most racist people in Muskegon.”
Because of the investigation, Anderson has not commented – although sources say that Anderson was a believer in collecting historic items that remind Americans of a part of history we overcame.
Racheal, Anderson’s wife, was asked by a local TV station if her husband was a member of the KKK.
“No, he’s not, no, no,” she said, chuckling. She added: “He can’t say anything right now, I wish we could because it would probably set a lot of things straight.”
Of course the NAACP is demanding an investigation, which the city is giving them.
The City of Muskegon announced:
“The officer was immediately placed on administrative leave, pending a thorough investigation.”
They wouldn’t weigh in on what that investigation will entail.
“The issue was only brought to our attention yesterday morning,” City Manager Frank Peterson said. “Unfortunately, we have limited information at this time, so will be avoiding further comments until our investigation is complete.”
The Muskegon Police Officer’s Labor Council stated that their group does not comment on ongoing investigations as per their policy.
Anderson was involved in a shooting in 2009. He was cleared of fatally shooting Julius Johnson following a traffic stop. Johnson fought with Anderson, beating him the head and face with the officer’s radio. Fearing for his life, Anderson shot him.
A prosecutor says that with these recent developments, perhaps a deeper investigation from the 2009 event is warranted.
Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says the investigation’s results will drive reconsideration of the 2009 case.
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After that shooting, the NAACP flipped out after Anderson was cleared. They called for a federal investigation that never came. Johnson’s sister said at the time that Johnson begged for his life before he was killed. She was found guilty of lying to police and was sentenced to 3 to 15 months in jail.
While Anderson’s story remains to be heard, we looked to determine if there is reported Klan activity in Muskegon, or in the general vicinity.
In our searches, we could find no history of actual members displaying an application, whether blank of filled in, on a wall in their home.
In fact, most members of the KKK try to be completely subversive about their inclusion in the society.
Is this an attempt to get revenge on an officer cleared in killing a man while fighting for his life? It sure doesn’t seem out of the question.