Michigan police officer who displayed KKK memorabilia in home loses job

A Michigan police officer who had Ku Klux Klan memorabilia in his home has been fired.

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Charles Anderson, of the Muskegon Police Department, was terminated from his position during a Thursday morning meeting among police officials, Muskegon's city attorney and the human resources department, WOOD-TV reported.

“The City of Muskegon has concluded its internal investigation and the disposition is that Charles Anderson has been terminated,” a news release from the city said.

Frank Peterson, Muskegon's city manager of Muskegon, confirmed Friday to The New York Times that Anderson, who had been on administrative leave since Aug. 8, had been terminated. Peterson said the Muskegon Police Department's report would be released next week, the newspaper reported.

The documents were discovered in early August, when Rob Mathis, seeking to buy a house, toured Anderson's home, which was for sale, WOOD reported.

Mathis posted a photo of the KKK application, which was blank, on Facebook.

On Aug. 8, Anderson's wife, Rachael Anderson, told WOOD her husband, who is white, is not a member of the KKK.

“He can’t say anything right now,” Rachael Anderson said. “I wish we could because it would probably set a lot of things straight.”

Mathis, who is black, said he had a "moral obligation" to post on social media.

"It's unfortunate that he's in our community, because he might have put people in jail on false charges, especially minorities," Mathis told the Times. "Because he was a police officer, it was my moral obligation to say something about it."