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Muskegon completes investigation of cop who had KKK document in his home

Dustin Dwyer
Michigan Radio
The Muskegon City Commission

The Muskegon Department of Public Safety has finished its investigation into one of its police officers, though a final decision on his fate may not come until next month.

A couple from the Muskegon area found a KKK document framed on the wall of the house of officer Charles Anderson while they toured the home with a realtor.

Anderson was put on paid leave while the city investigates.

The city’s director of public safety, Jeffrey Lewis, told city commissioners on Wednesday that the investigation is now complete.

“Some questions arose that we’d like to have further answered,” Lewis said. “What you saw on social media pretty much stands the way it is. There was no smoking gun, so to speak, or nothing revealed to us that shocked us. It is what it is.”

Anderson is a veteran of the force. In 2009, he shot and killed a black man named Julius Johnson. Anderson was cleared at the time, but the current county prosecutor has said the case could be reopened if new evidence comes out.

Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Public’s West Michigan bureau. He was a fellow in the class of 2018 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s been with Michigan Public since 2004, when he started as an intern in the newsroom.
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