FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its report about two former Fruitland Park police officers who are accused of being members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Former deputy chief David Borst resigned and former officer George Hunnewell was fired following the FDLE investigation. A report detailing the probe indicates George Hunnewell's ex-wife was also involved in KKK activities.
"To find out two of your officers are involved in an organization such as this is, shocking, appalling," City Manager Gary Lavenia said.
George Hunnewell's ex-wife claims that she and her husband joined the group as part of an undercover operation. Ann Hunnewell said she and her ex-husband joined the KKK in 2008 at the request of the police chief then. She told investigators they were trying to find out if another officer was a KKK member. That officer, James Elkins, later resigned.
Ann Hunnewell was a secretary for the police department and left in 2010. Her statements were contained in the FDLE report released Tuesday. The report also stated that Ann Hunnewell had no documentation or proof to back up her claims.
"I already knew these guys were involved with the KKK and other extremist groups," former FBI operative David Gletty said.
Gletty told WFTV he infiltrated the KKK in 2005 and met Borst at three Klan rallies in Georgia.
"I did not know he was in the Fruitland police department at the time," Gletty said.
The accusations against the former officers shocked community residents and city leaders.
"I'm very upset. It's despicable," Fruitland Park Police Chief Terry Isaacs said.