Multiple items related to the Confederacy and the Ku Klux Klan were found in a Michigan police officer home and he is now under investigation and on paid administrative leave.
Robert Mathis, who is black, and his wife, Reyna, wanted to buy a new house. While on their tour of Officer Charles Anderson’s home, they encountered with sizable staff of Confederate flags and an old, yellow framed document in one of the upstairs bathrooms, which turned out to be an application to the Ku Klux Klan.
After seeing the items in the house, Mathis told his realtor that he would not make an offer on the house and felt outraged knowing that such racist people live in Muskegon “hiding behind his uniform and possibly harassing people of color and different nationalities.”
He posted the KKK document on social media after leaving the house, and it has been shared thousands of times. One of the people who saw the image alerted Muskegon city officials.
Since the discovery, the police department placed Anderson on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
“To know that I was walking around on property associated with some type of racism, some type of hate, when I got outside I felt like I needed to be dipped in sanitizer,” Mathis told Wood-TV.
Anderson’s wife, Rachael Anderson, denied that her husband was a Klan member. She added that while they couldn’t say anything now, “I wish we could because it would probably set a lot of things straight.”