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Corrections Officer Fired For Membership in KKK

Corrections Officer Fired For Membership in KKK

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Associated Press

January 01, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An Alachua County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer who acknowledged being a member of the Ku Klux Klan has been fired for belonging to a subversive or terrorist organization, a violation of the agency’s code of ethics.

Wayne Kerschner was fired Tuesday following a 10-month internal investigation.

The investigation revealed that Kerschner applied online for membership to the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan a year ago, paid $30 a month for access to a members-only Klan Web site and that the group did a thorough background check that included his credit history before allowing him to join.

The Klan has “extremely high standards,” Kerschner told investigators, according to an administrative investigation report released Thursday. “They do a complete criminal background check on everybody.”

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office didn’t return a phone call Thursday, and Kerschner’s telephone number was not listed.

During the internal probe, Kerschner told investigators the Klan never asked him for information about the jail or the sheriff’s office and that he never let his membership interfere with his job. He said he would never get involved with anything criminal and wouldn’t ever jeopardize the sheriff’s office. He said he viewed the Klan as a religious or political organization.

“I don’t let it interfere with my job,” he said, according to the report. “I don’t let it interfere with my personal judgment call on anything like that. I mean, I think I am a pretty dang fair officer.”

Kerschner told authorities that he blogged regularly on a KKK Web site, attended two rallies in Tennessee and was an officer of the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He said his wife was also a dues-paying member.

Kerschner gave some details into how he was inducted into the Klan in a process called “naturalization.” He said he was blindfolded during the ceremony and was touched on the shoulder with a sword after taking an oath. He said he was on probation for a month before he could have full access to the Klan Web site, which offered information on Klan handshakes and the different colors available for Klan robes.

Kerschner told investigators he was sorry for getting involved with the Klan.

“If I could erase time, I would,” he said.


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    1Tinman

    over 4 years ago

    616 Comments

    bad_LT is right. Anyone associated with any of these extremist groups (KKK, Panthers etc) should be terminated.
    As for PETA... last I heard, they donate money to ALF and ELF (violent activist groups), but they are not considered 'violent' as an organization because they don't advocate violence, they 'just' support people who take things to an extreme as private citizens. Aren't semantics wonderful?

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    I agree.. He should have been fired.. There is no reason for him to do that,,

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    jgrenier

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Really? The KKK does background checks? Thats funny in itself!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    WOW

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    nlcrsn

    over 4 years ago

    228 Comments

    But the best friend of a cop killing terrorist makes President!!!!!!!!

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    GLOCK_45_4U

    over 4 years ago

    270 Comments

    RIGHT ON BAD LT! ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH A HATE BIASED GROUP OR TERRORIST GROUP SHOUD BE DEALT WITH ACCORDINGLY. AFTER READING THROUGH MOST OF THE PREVIOUS POSTS, I AM DISTURBED TO SEE JUST HOW MUCH DIVISION THERE IS IN OPINIONS. SOME SAY THIS ONE IS WORSE THAN THAT ONE. THE KU KLUX KLOWNS KILLED BUT SO AND SO DIDNT. IT DOESNT MATTER, BAD IS BAD, WRONG IS WRONG AND HATE IS HATE. THEYRE ALL BAD. IM NO RACIST, I EQUALLY DISPISE ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH ANY HATE GROUP OR TERRORIST GROUP, NO MATTER THEIR RACE, RELIGEON OR POLITICAL BELIEFS. BE SAFE.

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    bad_LT

    over 4 years ago

    2374 Comments

    Members of PETA need to be fired too. They are on the domestic terrorist watch list.

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    bad_LT

    over 4 years ago

    2374 Comments

    The black panther party killed several officers.... Hate is hate regardless of the skin color.. Any group that hates someone based on the skin color is in the same boat period...

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    SalinasNative

    over 4 years ago

    570 Comments

    I'm definitely glad he was canned. His membership in the klan is unacceptable and a clear violation of him employment, plain and simple.

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    beejac

    over 4 years ago

    1424 Comments

    Glad he got the heave.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    WOW....!!!

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    bat001

    over 4 years ago

    82 Comments

    No room in society for this kinda crap anymore.

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    mz66

    over 4 years ago

    3852 Comments

    @bad_LT: I'm not sure who sets the standard for government agencies (Justice Dept?), but when you can get them to agree with you and they list those other groups as "forbidden", then you can ask that those members be fired. EOD.

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    bad_LT

    over 4 years ago

    2374 Comments

    Listen i never said I agreed with the KKK only that there are SEVERAL groups like them... yes the black panter party is a racist hate group so is farrachan (?) and the reverend Wright... All I am saying is if you fire one you then must fire everyone YES EVERYONE who supports any of these racist groups...PERIOD...

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    mz66

    over 4 years ago

    3852 Comments

    @scotc130lm: I thought as much. Thanks for clarifying.

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