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  • KKK prank has troopers in trouble



    A local law enforcement officer, identified as State Trooper Craig Franklin, wears a mock KKK costume in this cell phone photo that was forwarded to other troopers at other posts.




    Trooper Franklin

    Two troopers at the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol nearly lost their jobs after one snapped a photo of the other dressed up in a Ku Klux Klan-like outfit and sent the picture to another trooper.

    The third trooper, who worked at the Norwalk post, was also in hot water for his role in the incident.

    The picture was taken with a cell phone camera at the Sandusky post on Jan. 20, 2008 -- the day before the national holiday tohonor slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Troopers Eric E. Wlodarsky and Craig T. Franklin, who were both on duty at the time, told an investigator the picture was taken as a joke and modeled after a skit by comedian Dave Chappelle.

    The investigation began when the highway patrol's Administrative Investigative Unit received an anonymous letter postmarked Jan. 22 from Mansfield.

  • #2
    Seems like another case where something that was meant to be funny turned into a witch hunt. Damn cell phone cameras.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by xraodcop View Post
      told an investigator the picture was taken as a joke and modeled after a skit by comedian Dave Chappelle.
      I think this says a lot. If an african american comedian does it, it's hilarious and "edgy".

      If a white cop does it he's a racist, and should be reprimanded...

      I don't get it, I just don't.

      - js
      They [the bad guys] don't care about hurting people and sometimes, when you are the bad guy, your door gets knocked in and warrants get served.

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      • #4
        well speaking as i blk man it didn't bother me.. i recall the skit and it was funny as hell...

        they said it was a joke...so i'll leave it
        @ that

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        • #5
          Jokes or not, that sort of stuff is probably best left at home behind closed doors. Common sense dictates that those sort of jokes arent fitting of an LEO.
          "...and the taking of a life is murder. And the punishment for murder is.... well it varies from state to state and by race, but...." - Homer J Simpson.

          Police: "Stop and we'll shoot!"
          Dilbert: "Stop AND we'll shoot? If you're gonna shoot, why should we stop?"
          Police: "Well, it would be alot easier for us. The targets at the shooting range don't run."

          R.I.P. Momma Coleman. You may have left our world, but you have NOT left our hearts.

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          • #6
            Quote:

            "I think this says a lot. If an african american comedian does it, it's hilarious and "edgy"."


            I don't remember any sketch Dave Chappelle did involving dressing up as a Klansman EXCEPT when he played the part of a BLIND, WHITE SUPREMACIST WHO HAPPENED TO BE BLACK AND DIDN'T KNOW IT. Thats why it was ironic and funny. THIS, is a White cop joking around as a Klansman. Thus, it really doesn't even make sense that he even referenced Dave Chappelle. THATS probably the difference between 'edgy and hilarious' and "that doesn't really make sense". That, and the fact that Chappelle is a comedian, and these are police officers. Comedians can do what they want. Its not just *Black* comedians. Have you ever heard of Andrew Dice Clay? Lenny Bruce? There probably Whiter than you and tell racial jokes all the time. White comedians can do racial commentary about Whites, Blacks, Jews, etc and its fine because its comedy. This whole thing about "Well Black Comedians say it and its fine but others can't! Thats not fair!" needs to stop because its not true. Lol, at least know what your talking about before you say something like that. People speaking with authority about the Comedy industry and don't even know anything about it...

            ON TOPIC, I personally don't really care about this 'joke' and don't personally think its a big deal but well, when your an officer, it seems like you have to know if certain things get out, the public will have a field day with it...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by nycool2
              I don't see a problem if it was as a joke...
              I do. There's no place for that crap in LE.

              There's enough problems with accusations of racism against LE without this BS.
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              • #8
                What was supposed to be funny about that pic?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nycool2
                  True but they didn't do it in their cruisers, they were in the station
                  and somehow the pic got out. They could of done off-duty and the
                  story would of been the same.
                  So youre saying its alright, since they didnt mean any harm?
                  "...and the taking of a life is murder. And the punishment for murder is.... well it varies from state to state and by race, but...." - Homer J Simpson.

                  Police: "Stop and we'll shoot!"
                  Dilbert: "Stop AND we'll shoot? If you're gonna shoot, why should we stop?"
                  Police: "Well, it would be alot easier for us. The targets at the shooting range don't run."

                  R.I.P. Momma Coleman. You may have left our world, but you have NOT left our hearts.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by equinox137 View Post
                    I do. There's no place for that crap in LE.

                    There's enough problems with accusations of racism against LE without this BS.
                    Agreed (we agree )

                    What one cop does, generally will reflect on all. Just look at all the "bad" taser incidents.
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                    • #11
                      Quote:

                      "It was a joke you need to understand that."


                      No offense, but you weren't there nor do you know anyone personally involved so you don't know the extent of the joke nor the context it was told in, aside from the officers involved re-telling the story, obviously with their bias. I'm not giving an opinion one way or another, but you seem to be lecturing others as if you have more authority on the subject, which you don't...



                      Quote:

                      "well speaking as i blk man it didn't bother me.. i recall the skit and it was funny as hell..."


                      I'm Black too, and it doesn't bother me, but I don't understand how you buy the story that it was inspired by Chappelle. The only joke Chappelle did involving the Klan wouldn't make sense for the White Officer to imitate. It doesn't even make sense to bring Chappelle into it...just nitpicking...

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                      • #12
                        One can only hope that one of the idiots involved was the racist OHP Trooper that use to hang out here and over at RP......

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                        • #13
                          First that Chappell skd was Hillarious, second at no time would my white butt put on a sheet and think it was funny. We are supposed to be professionals and what do you expect the caught officers to say, of coures they are going to play it off as a joke. There is no way to know their intentions and no one with half of a brian would admit they were white supremecists and hated MLK and were intending on disrespecting his national holiday, so any explanatin offered is suspect . I don't know them and no almost no one who hears of this does, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck....I don't have an opinion on what aught to happen to them, but if you stick it out, it may get cut off.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nycool2
                            Yes that is exactly what I am saying.

                            It was a joke you need to understand that.

                            I dressed up as a terrorist once, SO WHAT?

                            I dressed up as a priest once (I'm Jewish), SO WHAT?
                            So....

                            Originally posted by -Erik-
                            What one cop does, generally will reflect on all. Just look at all the "bad" taser incidents.
                            Originally posted by eqinox137
                            There's enough problems with accusations of racism against LE without this BS.
                            Jokes are "Why did the chicken cross the road".
                            This was taken too far. Officers deal with enough crap from the public, the last thing they need are knuckleheads tagging officers as "racist". When you put the uniform on, you should be professional and hold yourself to a standard above the level of "dressing up like a terrorist as a joke".
                            "...and the taking of a life is murder. And the punishment for murder is.... well it varies from state to state and by race, but...." - Homer J Simpson.

                            Police: "Stop and we'll shoot!"
                            Dilbert: "Stop AND we'll shoot? If you're gonna shoot, why should we stop?"
                            Police: "Well, it would be alot easier for us. The targets at the shooting range don't run."

                            R.I.P. Momma Coleman. You may have left our world, but you have NOT left our hearts.

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                            • #15
                              By the way NY what does a terrorist dress like? Hey I'm just sayin.

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