Florida police officer resigns after being exposed as Klanman

News Summary/July 15, 2009

James Elkins, 28, a member of the Florida police force, resigned in late January when it was learned he was a "district Kleagle" and "staff sergeant" in the Ku Klux Klan.

Elkins had been distributing KKK recruitment fliers and police officials received incriminating photos of the officer dressed in his KKK regalia.

Initially Elkins denied everything, that is until KKK literature was found in his post office box.

Elkins then attempted to explain his sudden resignation as somehow due to physical injuries from a past accident.

Elkins worked four years for the Fruitland Park Police Department and one year at the Wildwood Police Department.

Elkins claimed that his Klan activities took place when he was on leave.

Florida has one of the highest number of KKK groups recorded within a state in the US.

Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups said, "There is an obvious conflict of interest. . . . The public has a perfectly reasonable suspicion that a police officer who is a member of the Klan will not treat certain people well."

Note: This is a news summary based upon an article titled "Ku Klux Klan Member Found in Florida Police Force" by Carol Forsloff originally published by the Digigat Times February 7, 2009

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