12.8.19

KKK Application Found in Police Officer's Home Selling House

A Michigan police officer and 20 year veteran, Charles Anderson, is on administrative leave after a prospective buyer of his home said he found a framed Ku Klux Klan application and several Confederate flags inside the residence.

Anderson previously was in the news in 2009 after being involved in a fatal police shooting involving a Black parolee.


Rob Mathias, who is Black, was touring the home in the Muskegon County town of Holton with his wife and children last week when he said they discovered the racist memorabilia hanging on the walls.

Mathias said he would have still considered purchasing the home despite the flags, but the application caused him to gather his family and immediately leave the property.

“I’m still disgusted by it. I’m hurt,” Mathias, an Army veteran, told MLive. “You can’t serve your community and be a racist. You can’t. There’re people of all different colors, of all different nationalities ... out there that you have to serve and protect. You can’t just protect one group of people.”

Anderson’s wife, Rachel Anderson, denied to WOOD-TV that her husband is a KKK member. Instead, she said, he’s a collector and suggested that the flap is all a misunderstanding.

Anderson previously was in the news in 2009 after being involved in a fatal police shooting involving a Black parolee.

Julius Johnson was fleeing a traffic stop on foot when he was shot by the officer following a struggle. Anderson said he feared for his life in the fight, in which he was severely beaten, and the Muskegon County prosecutor determined the officer was justified in using deadly force, MLive reported.

The NAACP unsuccessfully called for a federal investigation of the shooting.

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