Two Florida Police Officers with Ties to the KKK Are Removed from the Force

George Hunnewell and David Borst   FRUITLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT
George Hunnewell and David Borst
FRUITLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

An FBI report tied Fruitland Park Deputy Chief David Borst and Officer George Hunnewell to the white supremacist organization.  

Two members of a Florida town’s police department are off the force after an FBI report allegedly linked them to the Ku Klux Klan, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

According to the Sentinel, Fruitland Park Deputy Chief David Borst offered his immediate resignation once the FBI released the report to police Chief Terry Isaacs. Isaacs dismissed Officer George Hunnewell. While the police chief would say only that the two officers were part of a “subversive organization,” Chief Deputy State Attorney Ric Ridgway identified that organization as the KKK, the Sentinel reports.

“It’s not a crime to be a member of the KKK, even if you are the deputy chief. It’s not a crime to be stupid,” Ridgway said in a previous interview with the Sentinel. “It’s not a crime to hate people. It may be despicable, it may be immoral, but it’s not a crime.”

Isaacs told the Sentinel that Borst, 49, who also was Fruitland Park’s fire chief, denied being involved with the group but after speaking with his family resigned from both posts.

“It’s a tough situation. He was my assistant,” Isaacs told the newspaper. “I’m not saying I believe him. I’m not saying I don’t believe him. But I’ve read the report, and it’s convincing.”

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