Ex-Michigan cop defends KKK application, Confederate flags by citing love for 'Dukes of Hazzard'
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A white police officer who was fired from his job in Muskegon, Mich., earlier this month reportedly defended having a Ku Klux Klan application and Confederate memorabilia in his home by saying he loves U.S. history and the television show “Dukes of Hazzard.”

Charles Anderson was terminated following an investigation by Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson and the city attorney's office. A 421-page report of the probe was obtained by The Detroit Free Press on Tuesday.

The report detailed how a black man named Rob Mathis and his wife Reyna were on an August real estate tour of Anderson’s home, which was up for sale, when they discovered multiple Confederate flags, as well as a framed “application for citizenship” of the KKK on the wall.


Anderson reportedly told city officials the items were part of his extensive collection from “Dukes of Hazzard," the early 1980s TV show that depicted a pair of cousins from fictitious Hazzard County, Ga., who drove around in a Dodge Charger named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The former officer said he “loves everything” about the show and had visited the Duke Fest fan convention several times, according to the Free Press.

He reportedly went on to say that the framed 1920 copy of a KKK application was related to his passion for U.S. history between the late 1800s and 1960s.

Describing himself as an amateur historian, Anderson said he collects antique items from that the period.

He adamantly denied during the interview with city officials that he was in the KKK and said that, as a Catholic, he would be considered a “target” of the white supremacist hate group.

Anderson added that he would have explained to the couple why he had those items in his home and apologized if they had contacted him.

Mathis acknowledged that he did not contact the homeowner after the discovery, but said that the final straw for him was realizing Anderson was a police officer. 

"I was like, 'Oh my god! This is, this is, oh, I’m getting out of here,'" Mathis said during an interview for the Muskegon report.

Mathis also said that Anderson may have arrested him during past run-ins with the law, and the Detroit Free Press notes that the report confirms that the longtime officer had six encounters with Robert and Reyna Mathis, dating to July 2008.