Officer Fired After Vintage KKK Application Found On Display In Home

Muskegon Police Officer Charles Anderson was a 22-year veteran-of-the-force.

Muskegon, MI – A veteran Muskegon police officer was fired on Thursday afternoon following an internal investigation into a piece of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) memorabilia he had on display inside his home.

Muskegon Police Officer Charles Anderson’s employment was terminated during a disciplinary hearing that wrapped up at approximately 3 p.m., Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson told MLive.

Peterson refused to provide further details about what was discussed during the disciplinary hearing, but said that a redacted version of the inquiry into the incident will be released next week.

The investigation into Officer Anderson began approximately one month ago, after Rob Mathis, who is black, toured the officer’s Holton Township home as part of a potential real estate purchase.

During the tour, Mathis spotted an unsigned, vintage KKK application hanging in a frame, and also noticed several Confederate flags throughout the residence, MLive reported.

Mathis subsequently described the items he saw in a Facebook post.

“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,” he declared in the post. “To the officer, I know who you are and I will be looking at resources to expose your prejudice.”

Officer Anderson was placed on administrative leave during the internal investigation, NBC News reported.

Muskegon Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis said that the investigation found no “smoking gun,” but that it raised some “questions” about Officer Anderson, according to MLive.

“I can tell you this, after reviewing this – and it was a quite lengthy investigation – what you saw on social media pretty much stands the way it is,” Chief Lewis said on Aug. 27. “There was no smoking gun revealed to us or anything that shocked us.”

Officer Anderson was a 22-year veteran-of-the-force.

Mathis said that he was “glad the city was moving forward in a positive direction,” but that other officers need to be held accountable for not saying anything about the memorabilia Officer Anderson had in his home, according to MLive.

“There are other officers within the police force that have been to Anderson’s home and were well aware of the Confederate flags,” Mathis alleged. “[Officers who] contributed to that behavior, instead of saying we as a police force are supposed to have good attitudes when making decisions for our community.”

“These KKK applications, flags, they’re not indicative of people who should protect and serve our community,” he opined.

Protesters have demanded that the department review cases involving the now-former officer and people of color, including the 2009 shooting death of Julius Johnson, MLive reported.

Officer Anderson fatally shot Johnson as he was beating the officer in the head with multiple objects, including the officer’s radio.

The officer was beaten so severely, doctors had to place a metal plate in his head to repair the damage, FOX News reported.

Prosecutors later determined that Officer Anderson’s use of deadly force was justified.

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gfc1963
gfc1963

So a 22 year vet gets dismissed for a letter?? Unbelievable.

retiredpco
retiredpco

It's a collectible item for God's sake,,

flybynight
flybynight

Those bastards would pay through the nose for that. No way is that right!!!!!

Nedlog11
Nedlog11

It’s people like Johnson and Mathis that make people hate “people of color “!! Liberals don’t see poc as racist! Why is it only “white” people can be racist! I hope Officer Anderson sues and gets lots of money and his job back! Mathis is a POS!!!

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

STOP running from this question...would YOUR replies be exactly the same if the officer had ISIS collectible items in his home as well as an ISIS flag.

flybynight
flybynight

What if a frog had wings?

Co10706
Co10706

Should be more careful about who you let in your house

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

So if it were in a history museum, would this guy make a big deal? Apparently he only did it because it was a police officer. If it were an ordinary citizen, he’d shut his mouth because he would be scared of any repercussions, but in this case, he was even more hypersensitive because it was a police officer and did it because if that reason. Same reason all you brave “try hards” will stand there and talk shit to police KNOWING that police won’t do anything because of the “rules” they have. But you scared idiots (like the ones on here), won’t do it to any ordinary citizen, why? Because You know very well that the person you’d try to bully don’t have to play by police rules and you’d probably get your faces smashed in or even worse. So it’s obvious it’s BECAUSE OF the badge that law enforcement wears is what makes all you foolios brave, so don’t get it twisted. Obviously not all who wear the badge are the biggest, toughest most baddest people ever created, but they still do the job that all you haters with your big mouths would be waaaaay to scared to do. It’s evident when we all read how you all write your chicken shit comments on here.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

As someone who grew up in a country where there is no constitutional guarantee of free speech; it is truly depressing to see it in decline in the nation I always admired for having enshrined it. I’m not so much focused on this particular story, it’s just a general observation. If I’m incorrect in this; great! I want to be wrong. The prevalence of the concept of “thought crime” is staggering in its spread across the Western World.

BlueLivesMatter91
BlueLivesMatter91

Maybe that's something you keep in a storage bin as a collectible in the garage, not hang on your f'ing wall, the lack of common sense here is mind boggling. I say keep because why not, for example, I am horrified by the Holocaust, watching films where Nazis get their ass handed to them gives me a surge / rush of American Freedom, but say I have some items from the war that are Nazi propaganda / gear, I would definitely keep them and sell them later to a museum out of country or a collector as long as they aren't idolizing nazis or nazi sympathizers, whats the point of destroying history?

Justretired
Justretired

A relic framed in one's own house is his/her buisness. If a person had naked women or men photos all over the walls, homophobic rhetoric, Muslim, satanic shit or any thing else would he lose his job. Look into his history for last 22 years and see. Ones personal life should stay personal as long as it does affect the job. If theres issues, racial or anything other, then yes further investigation should be done.

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

A terrible injustice.

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

A terrible injustice to the officer.

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

22 years of service with this police force and the only think mentioned from his file is when he shot and killed a peep actively trying to murder him. If he has no history in that time of service of showing prejudice against minorities, why didn't they ask what his motives were for displaying such an item in his home...not on social media... Whatever happened to the sanctity of the home? What about the realtor? They're supposed to ask you to remove things from the viewing areas that could be considered offensive to potential buyers. Because the homeowners are asked to vacate the property during a viewing, the officer couldn't have a discourse with the viewer about the decorations. Honestly had it just been a Confederate flag (which isn't illegal to own or display either), he would have just been considered a redneck. Some people keep things on display to remind them what not to be or become. I would really like to know his side of this story. Because I would honestly open a dialogue with someone if I saw something like that on display.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Huge civil rights violation. You read these stories and you realize that we're already living in a communist country.

RPG156
RPG156

Today, an officer should know better than to display such things, especially when his home is for sale. What alternative did the chief have after photos hit social media? You can't give an officer 3 days off for having a framed KKK application in his house and Confederate flags and you can't do nothing. Anderson did that to himself, unfortunately.

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

Moral to the story: Avoid the Groid. Anderson should have never let an anti-White racist POS into his home. They hate our history, our flag, our country, always will.

MikeA
MikeA

I wonder if a black officer was found with a picture of Barrack Obama, Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch in his apartment there would be termination.

Stanracer
Stanracer

It's all so silly. Officer Anderson should sue to get his job back.

unholyone
unholyone

The officer was fired for being a Democrat. It was a political firing. Was Sen. Byrd-D impeached for being Grand Cyclops of the KKK? No. He should sue. His record, as it shows in the article, should stand.

magnumforc
magnumforc

What anyone has in their home is personal, but I agree it should not have been displayed to anyone, regardless of color, during a real estate tour. However, having and displaying a confederate flag is a "so what" in my book. Racists of color don't like that the Confederacy ever existed and want to wipe history clean, and demand reparations for slavery that they personally never encountered. I note they don't protest on the islands where the sugar mills were located in the 1700-1800's...just use the remains to show tourists the old way of milling sugar. How the bread is buttered depends on how you hold the bread!

jrw40113
jrw40113

so now a flag and a piece of paper are all it takes to fire an officer. Will be interesting to see if he files suit for wrongful termination.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

What goes on in ones own home is NOBODY'S business ! Totally wrong for this to happen...

nunyadamnbiznezz
nunyadamnbiznezz

I have a collectible post card from the 3rd Reich and pictures from the Dallas Museum of KKK shit. I've seen signs from the Jim Crowe era in black peoples houses.

LEO721
LEO721

Let's go to Mathis' house and see what he has for decor!! To make unfounded accusations that Anderson is a racist only shows that Mathis is racist himself.

debluvzcats
debluvzcats

It's ridiculous to condemn someone over collectables.

flybynight
flybynight

If I were looking for a job in law enforcement I would avoid that place like the plague.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

This is ridiculous! It is Political-Correctness gone way too far! What if he collected say beer cans, does that make him an alcoholic? In the antique business for over 50 years, my Dad once came into ownership of a book describing the rituals of KKK meetings similar in many ways to those of other lodges such as the Masons. So if a person collected Nazi insignias, uniforms, books, equipment etc would that make him a risk as a Nazi? I sure hope this cop get a good lawyer and rips the department open like a can of sardines.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Snowflakes are afraid of history yet vote Democrat every single election....

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I have a Nazi dagger, with a swastika on it and ivory handles that I got when I purchased a storage unit sight unseen. That wasn't the only thing in there that was antique and there were a few other things related to world war II and had Nazi insignia's on it. I also have a British frag helmet and a French tea set from the same era. Some other stuff I sold and some of it I kept. Because I have that, does it make me a Nazi now? Absolutely not! I just collect stuff like that because I am a total history buff. I have stuff from the Revolutionary war, the civil war and so on. I also purchased a musket that was predominantly used during the Spanish American war. Give me a break!