A Michigan police officer is under investigation and on paid administrative leave after potential buyers of his property toured his home and found items inside related to the Confederacy and the Ku Klux Klan.
Robert Mathis, who is black, and his wife, Reyna, toured the home of Officer Charles Anderson, a member of the Muskegon, Michigan, Police Department. On the tour they were confronted with multiple Confederate flags, and a framed document in one of the upstairs bathrooms.
That old, yellow paper turned out to be an application to the Ku Klux Klan.
“There’s just this one plaque on the wall, so I walk over to the wall and take a closer look, it said it was a KKK application,” Mathis told NBC News affiliate Wood-TV. “I said, ‘I want to get out [of] here right now.’”
Mathis quickly left the property in Holton, Michigan, he said in a Facebook post with an image of the photo. The post has since been shared thousands of times. One of the people who saw the image alerted Muskegon city officials, Wood-TV reported.
Since the discovery, the police department placed Anderson on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
After seeing the items in the house, Mathis told his realtor that he would not make an offer on the house and felt “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.”
“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.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Phil McCausland