Nebraskaâ€™s KKK Time Bomb
Poor Henderson, who is white, contends his wife left him on January 13, 2003 for a â€œHispanic,â€? man and then six months later she filed for a divorce. How overwhelmed was he? He was so distraught that he decided to do what any sensible person would do â€“ he joined the Ku Klux Klan in 2004.
(Would you trust this Klansman/State Trooper to save your life?)
This is a good one folks.
Robert Henderson is 50 years old and has been employed with the Omaha Nebraska State Police as an officer for 18 years. Poor Henderson, who is white, contends his wife left him on January 13, 2003 for a â€œHispanic,â€? man and then six months later she filed for a divorce.
How overwhelmed was he? He was so distraught that he decided to do what any sensible person would do â€“ he joined the Ku Klux Klan in 2004. He paid $35 to join the Knights Party and he mused in his online posting, â€œWhites are loosing their rights slowly.Â Itâ€™s sad.Â I pray about it.Â I hope my prayers get answeredâ€¦â€? He used the screen name â€œWhite Knight in Ne.,â€? and elsewhere remarks to his new comrades, â€œI am the new guy from
So a failed marriage negated all the training and the oath of office that Officer Henderson has sworn to uphold? Before joining the State troopers, where he was assigned to traffic patrol in Freemont, he had been an officer with the Nebraska Police Department (NPD) for five years: This all ads up to 23 years in law enforcement. All of this â€œprofessionalism,â€? out the window because his wife ran off with a â€œHispanicâ€? male. So the solution? Join a racist organization.
On March 3, 2006, Trooper Henderson was placed on paid investigatory suspension pending the completion of an administrative proceeding. After the completion of a probe he was terminated by Col. Bryan Tuma on March 15. â€œBeing affiliated with a white supremacist organization is not consistent with the practices and policies of our agency,â€? was how Tuma put it.
On March 20, 2006, State Troopers Association of Nebraska (STAN) union president, Sgt. Glenn Elwell, appealed
After listening to the facts, Paul J. Caffera, an arbitrator, overturned
I contacted Caffera by telephone but he did not want to answer any questions.Â â€œIâ€™m not going to be making any comments for the record on that particular case.Â Iâ€™m not speaking to anyone,â€? he says. He did agree to my request to send some questions via e-mail message and that weâ€™d â€œsee what comes up.â€? I kept lookingâ€”nothing came up.
One of the questions I wanted him to answer was why, though he was said to be an attorney from
Omaha State Senator Ernie Chambers adds: â€œIâ€™m preparing a complaint with the appropriate state agency to revoke his law enforcement certification.Â He had over a year to think about what he was doing.Â It wasnâ€™t something on the tail of heated emotions.Â He thought about it, sort out this organization with the like minded, join and took the pledge.â€?
Bruning has filed an appeal in Lancaster County District Court in
The Omaha State Police has 394 Troopers assigned to Traffic-Road-Patrol and
However, it makes me wonder. Maybe
â€œBob Henderson is not a racist. He wasnâ€™t running around in a sheet and hood.Â There are bigger racists out here than the ones in the KKK,â€? his attorney, Valentino claims. Somehow, Iâ€™m not reassured by Valentino. I feel for the people of
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