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Investigation into Muskegon officer could trigger review of '09 shooting

Aug 11, 2019

Officials could end up reviewing a 2009 fatal shooting of a black man by police because the officer involved in the shooting is now accused of displaying a Ku Klux Klan document in his house.

The Muskegon Police Department placed Officer Charles Anderson on paid administrative and opened an internal investigation after a potential home buyer, who is black, reported seeing the Klan document framed at Anderson's home. Robert Mathis said he also saw Confederate flags at the house, which is for sale.

In 2009 Anderson was cleared of wrongdoing for fatally shooting Julius Johnson following a traffic stop. Anderson said he was beaten by Johnson, and that he feared for his life.

MLive reports Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says an ongoing internal investigation will help determine if the 2009 case needs to be looked at again.

City Manager Frank Peterson said Thursday that Anderson, who has been on the force more than 20 years, is on leave indefinitely.

Anderson told MLive he was advised not to comment amid the investigation. Rachael Anderson told WOOD-TV her husband isn't a Klan member and if he could comment "it would probably set a lot of things straight."

Mlive reports Muskegon Vice-Mayor Eric Hood said when he learned about the incident he was disturbed, but not surprised. Hood is also President of the Muskegon chapter of the NAACP.