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Probe of officer's KKK item might lead to review of death
This undated photo shows Reyna and Rob Mathis, who found racist memorabilia in a home owned by a Muskegon police officer, pose for a portrait outside their home in Muskegon, Mich. (Justine Lofton/Muskegon Chronicle via AP)
MUSKEGON, Mich. - A prosecutor says an internal investigation of a white police officer whose house had an apparent Ku Klux Klan document on display will help determine whether there will be further review of the officer's 2009 fatal shooting of a black man.
The Muskegon Police Department opened an internal investigation of Officer Charles Anderson after a potential homebuyer, who is black, reported seeing a framed KKK application at Anderson's home.
Anderson was placed on paid administrative leave.
MLive.com reports Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says the investigation's results will drive reconsideration of the 2009 case.
Anderson was cleared of fatally shooting Julius Johnson following a traffic stop. Johnson had fought with Anderson, who was beaten. Anderson said he feared for his life.
Anderson has declined comment. His wife has said her husband isn't a Klan member.