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Monday, February 27, 2012

Nebraska court upheld firing of state trooper for KKK affiliation
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On February 27, 2009, the Supreme Court of Nebraska ruled that Robert Henderson would not be reinstated as a state trooper because of his membership in the Knights Party, a political group associated with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The court refused to reinstate Officer Henderson on the grounds that his active role in the state police department would compromise public perception that the police are "uniformly committed to the equal enforcement of the law." The ruling came as the US was experiencing a resurgence of the KKK, according to a report issued by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in February 2007.

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