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2 police officers tied to KKK in Florida

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) -- Two police officers are no longer with the city department here after a law enforcement report tied them to the Ku Klux Klan, an official said Monday.

Deputy Chief David Borst resigned and Officer George Hunnewell was fired last week, City Manager Gary La Venia said.

The link surfaced in a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement based on information from the FBI, which learned about the connection during a broader investigation, La Venia said. He didn't know what it was focused on.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokewoman Gretl Plessinger said she couldn't say what was in the report since it is "active intelligence."

An FBI spokesman in Jacksonville didn't immediately respond to a voicemail.

The State Attorney's Office told city officials that pending cases from the officers will be reviewed, although Borst's job was primarily administrative and didn't involve much patrolling, La Venia said.

The city of 5,000 residents is located about 40 miles northwest of Orlando. Fruitland Park was once known for its citrus groves and is in Lake County, where KKK violence in the 1940s and 1950s was chronicled in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Devil in the Grove."

La Venia said residents were surprised. "This city is diverse, tolerant. It's a welcoming community," he said.

A phone number listed for Borst was disconnected. Hunnewell's number was not listed.

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geoundry571b July 14 2014 at 5:27 PM

How many police officers are members of the NAACP? which is also a racist orgainization!!! HMMMMM double standard huh????

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wbask3249 July 14 2014 at 5:19 PM

I do not believe they should be able to keep their jobs if the accusation is true. But let me ask one question, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THEM IF THEY WERE MEMBERS OF THE BLACK PANTHERS?

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rjen164497 July 14 2014 at 6:20 PM

Can you be a police office and belong to the NAACP? I am not in favor of the KKK, but I am also not in favor NAACP. Both are prejudice Racist groups.

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tbplayer44 July 14 2014 at 6:26 PM

Does that mean that Black policemen can be fired for ties to the New Black Panthers?

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hulk4355 July 14 2014 at 5:19 PM

Yet it is perfectly acceptable for white hatred to flourish and is rewarded in America.

Hypocrisy abound!

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fb723 July 14 2014 at 5:21 PM

Any PO belonging to any group of hate. KKK, NOI, LaRaza, etc. Should not be a Police Officer.

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belldon10 July 14 2014 at 5:25 PM

the KKK is and always was a terrorist organization.

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bailey.willie July 14 2014 at 7:34 PM

THIS IS RACIST BULL **** HEADED BY ERIC HOLDER. THE POLICE OFFICERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BELONG TO ANY GROUP THEY WANT. WHAT ABOUT BLACK OFFICERS BELONGING TO THE NAACP. YOUR GOING TO TELL ME THE NAACP ISN'T RACIST

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leslie July 14 2014 at 5:22 PM

The democrats would make life time senators of them like they did with Byrd!

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ooc5477 July 14 2014 at 5:13 PM

There are times when I do not have to even read the articles to know what's it's all about.
After merely reading the headlines, I knew it was going to be something about racial hatred. It tells me that unless we somehow change (not gonna happen) America is on it's way out--especially as long as we have people who want the entire planet for themselves and their cronies!

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