A deputy police chief and another officer in Fruitland Park, Fla. were no longer on the job Friday after the FBI allegedly linked them to the Ku Klux Klan.
An FBI investigation named Deputy Police Chief David Borst and Cpl. George Hunnewell as members of the KKK, Orlando TV station WFTV reported. Borst resigned on Friday while Hunnewell was fired.
Since being a KKK member is not criminal in itself, the FBI investigation had been handed down to Fruitland Park police Chief Terry Isaacs through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to determine what action should be taken, according to WFTV.
Isaacs told the news station that the allegations were “despicable and disgusting.” He said the FBI relied on a confidential source to identify the men as members of a KKK group but he added there was no additional documentation of the allegations.
“They’re a good group of people,” Isaacs said of his officers, who were upset by the allegations, as quoted by The Orlando Sentinel. “The last thing I was expecting to hear in the year 2014 was for a professional law-enforcement officer to be a member of a subversive organization.”
The Sentinel could not reach either man for comment.
Another Fruitland Park police officer, James Elkins, quit in 2009 after an internal investigation began investigating photos of Elkins dressed in Klan robes and reports that he was distributing Klan literature.
Photos: Cpl. George Hunnewell at left and Deputy Police Chief David Borst. Via WFVT