8 PM EST - “The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery.” - Chinua Achebe
Two Florida cops have been accused of being members of the Klu Klux Klan in Florida.
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. — Two Fruitland Park police officers are off the job following FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports that they were members of a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Deputy Police Chief David Borst resigned Thursday, and Cpl. George Hunnewell was fired Friday.
Police Chief Terry Isaacs said an FBI confidential source revealed two officers from his department were members of the KKK. Isaacs called the allegations “despicable and disgusting.” He said there was no proof or documentation the men were members, aside from information from the source.
Because it’s not criminal to be in the KKK, the FBI turned over the investigation to the FDLE to look into the standards and ethics policies to see what action should be taken.
FDLE officials also agreed it was not criminal and referred the case to the chief. Read more…
If you recall the story of Jeremy Meeks, the young man’s whose mug shot went viral and led to modeling contract offers, one of his charges included “street terrorism” which carries a very harsh penalty if he is found guilty.
A week or so ago, we decided to look up the California law on “street terrorism”.
The California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act (STEP) refers to Section 186.20 of the California Penal Code. This Act details specific treatment of gang-related cases and laws relating to those convicted of such crimes, such as the requirement to register with a law enforcement agency upon release. It states that any crime committed in connection with or on behalf of a gang is subject to increased penalties. Where this applies, it can severely increase the consequences of conviction, sometimes adding years to an already lengthy prison sentence. Gang enhancements can be applied to any crime, from drug crimes to vandalism. In some cases, misdemeanor charges can be increased to felony charges. This is particularly dangerous in California, where the “three strikes law” demands a second or third felony offense carry a doubled penalty or 25 years to life, respectively.
We could find no laws in California that treats members of the KKK or Neo-Nazi gangs that enhances their sentences when they are convicted of crimes. That leads us to conclude that only one thing is at play when it comes to gang affiliations and thats racism under the color of the law.
Historically, Klan members have always worked in law enforcement and other public servant jobs. Through out America’s racist history klan members have included Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Mayors, Congress members and more. It is highly likely that the same holds true today.