muskegon, kkk, anderson, police
During an open house tour of a Muskegon, Michigan police officer's home, Rob Mathis, a Black man, found Ku Klux Klan items and Confederate flags. He posted a photo of a KKK membership certificate he found in a bedroom. The officer, Charles Anderson, Is now fired after being on administrative leave. (Photo: Rob Mathis via Facebook)

Charles Anderson, Muskegon Police Officer Found to Have KKK Items in his Home is Fired

Charles Anderson, the Michigan police officer found to have KKK memorabilia in his home, has been fired following a disciplinary hearing within the Muskegon Police Department.

Last month, Anderson was outed when a couple, the Mathises, toured his home that was for sale. After seeing the framed KKK document, “Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Application for Citizenship,” Army veteran and prospective homebuyer Rob Mathis took to Facebook to share what he saw. Mathis, who is Black, said he felt disgusted by what he saw. His post went viral.

Related Story: Michigan Police Officer Charles Anderson on Leave After KKK Items Found in his Home

“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,” Mathis says in the post.

Though Mathis did not identify Anderson by name in his post, commenters did. Anderson was placed on leave pending an investigation that began Aug. 8.

Upon announcing the investigation, the Muskegon Police Department acknowledged the post, which brought to their attention the possibility of Anderson “being in possession of certain items associated with a white supremacy group.”

In his Facebook post, Mathis said he also saw Confederate flags throughout the home.

In 2009, Anderson fatally shot a 23-year-old unarmed Black man Julius Allen-Ray Johnson. He was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing when the shooting was deemed to be an act of self-defense.

However, Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson had previously told MLive that the results of the police department investigation will play a role in determining whether the prosecutor’s office will reopen the 2009 case.

“Whether or not officer Anderson has racist tendencies or not, would that move the needle one way or another? Hilson told the outlet in Aug. “I guess I can’t answer that question. I don’t know. I need a completed internal investigation.”

Anderson had worked at the Muskegon Police Department for 20 years prior to being terminated.

The Muskegon Police Department Policy and Procedure Order does not specifically ban private displays of racist materials, MLive reports. However, it does outline that officers should not conduct themselves in a way that would compromise public trust.

“Police officers will, therefore, avoid any conduct that might compromise integrity and thus undercut the public confidence in the officer or this law or this law enforcement agency,” it says.

It also states officers have a duty to avoid, both on and off duty, conduct that reflects unfavorably on the department, including any behavior that brings the department “disrepute,” discredits the individual as a member of the department, or “impairs the operation, effectiveness or efficiency of the department and/or its members.”

Though Muskegon has a majority white population, over 31% of residents are Black.

Latest News

What Friends Tell Friends: Choose Kaiser Permanente

Originally published on about.kaiserpermanente.org. Integrated, nonprofit health plan tops NICE Satmetrix customer experience benchmark study for 10th straight year. For the 10th year in a row, more people would recommend Kaiser Permanente to a friend or colleague than any other health plan in the nation, according to the recently released…

Cesar Conde

NBCUniversal Sets Ambitious 50% Diversity Goal for Women, People of Color

Cesar Conde, chairman at NBCUniversal News Group, announced a groundbreaking goal to have a 50% diverse workforce at NBCUniversal, according to Deadline. Conde, the first Latino in this role, outlined his plans in an internal video for employees on Wednesday. The ultimate goal is for NBCUniversal, No. 7 on DiversityInc’s 2020…

Mastercard Expands ShopOpenings.com to the U.S. & Canada, Delivering a Search Tool That Identifies What Stores Near You Are Open for Business

Originally published on mastercardcontentexchange.com. Search solution complements new Digital Acceleration for Small Business global initiative which helps small businesses advance digitally and drive online commerce As businesses seek to draw customers back both in store and online, Mastercard is introducing new tools to support them. Today, Mastercard announced the geographic…

TIAA Launches Programs to Raise Awareness of Racial Injustice and Support Communities in Need through the “Be The Change” Initiative

On June 30, TIAA announced new virtual programs designed to raise awareness of racial injustice and support communities in need as a part of the company’s recently launched “Be the Change” initiative. One is TIAA’s “Race Against Racism,” an effort in support of The Innocence Project which included more than…

Stop TB Partnership and Johnson & Johnson, with support from USAID and The Global Fund, Announce Price Reduction for SIRTURO® (bedaquiline) for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Originally published on jnj.com. Joint efforts aim to accelerate scale-up of WHO-recommended all-oral treatment regimens – a transition urgently needed to help protect the health of people with drug resistant-tuberculosis who are particularly vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic In 2020, the initiative aims to reach at least 125,000 patients and could…

Toyota, Alabama A&M and Huntsville Hospital Collaborate to Make COVID-19 Testing Easier

Originally published on pressroom.toyota.com. $100,000 grant provides free service to the community Alabama A & M University (AAMU), Huntsville Hospital and Toyota are developing a mobile health clinic initiative to provide free COVID-19 testing to underserved communities in Madison County. Launching later this year, the mobile medical clinic program has…

Sanofi and Regeneron Provide Update on Kevzara® (sarilumab) Phase 3 U.S. Trial in COVID-19 Patients

Originally published on sanofi.com. Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) today announced that the U.S. Phase 3 trial of Kevzara® (sarilumab) 400 mg in COVID-19 patients requiring mechanical ventilation did not meet its primary and key secondary endpoints when Kevzara was added to best supportive care compared to best supportive care alone (placebo)….