Florida cops with ties to the KKK leave department
Two members of the Fruitland Park, Florida police department resigned amid allegations that they were associated with the Ku Klux Klan.
The allegations were contained in a confidential FBI report provided to police Chief Terry Isaacs by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and led to the resignation of Deputy Chief David Borst and the dismissal of Officer George Hunnewell.
Isaacs would not confirm that the report linked the two officers to the KKK, instead describing the group as a “subversive organization.” He said he couldn’t be more exact in his description because he thought he was not authorized to release details of the report. Issacs said the document was given to him as chief to consider how the allegations might affect the officers’ credibility and the perception of the department in the community.
Chief Deputy State Attorney Ric Ridgway, from whom Isaacs sought advice, identified the KKK as the hate group.
Another officer, James Elkins resigned after pictures surfaced of him in uniform with a klan hood and a robe in 2009. Neither Borst nor Hunnewell could be reached for comment by the Sentinel.
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