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Ohio troopers disciplined for Klan photo

Posted Apr 13, 2008 by Owen Weldon
An Ohio state trooper has been suspended without pay because the day before Martin Luther King Jr. day he was photographed in a handmade ku Klux Klan outfit while he was on the job.
KKK Symbol
KKK Symbol
Another fellow trooper has been demoted as well because he transmitted the cell-phone photo of the trooper dressed up like a KKK member.
According to a report Craig Franklin is a 12-year veteran of the Ohio Highway patrol and he was photographed with a white paper mask on, a white cone on his head and a white cloth covering his shoulders.
Other than the costume the trooper was in hi police uniform which consist of a handgun holster, a radio and other police equipment which can actually be seen in the picture.
Franklin and the other trooper who took the pic, Eric Wlodarsky, told an official that the pic was all a joke and they copied a television skit that was done by the comedian Dave Chappelle.
The investigation into the alleged picture took place after officials received an anonymous letter that included the two pictures of the trooper in the outfit.
The day the picture was taken Franklin, two troopers and a dispatcher had a discussion about the holiday at their post on the day the photo was taken and the holiday was the following day, according to the report.
The trooper that took the pic was demoted from sergeant to trooper and transferred to another post and now he has to attend a diversity awareness class. Franklin will also take part in the class and he received a five-day suspension without pay.
There was also a third state trooper who was suspended for a day because he failed to report the incident after he received a picture of the dressed trooper via text message.
This is just a bad joke gone wrong and if they were going to act like this they should have waited until they were off duty.