Rob Mathis was notified by the Muskegon Police Force about the online threat. He admitted that while the threat made him feel disheartened, he was happy to see that the police were watching the situation closely.
Soon after a social media post shared by a black Muskegon man went viral after he found Klu Klux Klan memorabilia in a white police officer's home that was for sale, he began receiving threats for his actions. Rob Mathis was notified by the Muskegon area police that there was a credible threat against his life as well as that of his family's.
Walking through a home of a police officer with KKK memorabilia rattled potential buyers Rob and Reyna Mathis, who struggled to grapple with what they’d seen in the “Klan house.” https://t.co/kRLqNpAKml— Florida Times-Union (@jaxdotcom) August 10, 2019
The threat was directed at Mathis and his wife Reyna and was posted on FOX17's Facebook page as a comment on a story link regarding the suspension of Charles Anderson, who is also a part of the Muskegon police force. The officer was placed on leave on Thursday after Mathis and his family said they saw several Confederate flags as well as a framed historical KKK application during a tour of Anderson's home, which was on sale.
Threat made against black man who found KKK memorabilia in police officer’s home https://t.co/aNTcLxIGAp— MLive (@MLive) August 12, 2019
Anderson, 48, was placed on paid leave following the virality of the story. Following an inquiry into the items that Mathis claimed to have seen in the officer's house, the Muskegon police will determine if Anderson violated any of the city's policies.
Probe of Michigan Police Officer’s KKK Document May Lead to New Investigation of 2009 Shooting: Officer Charles Anderson was placed on paid administrative leave https://t.co/uwgBMFRsn1 pic.twitter.com/S2ixqKcx6x— Patrick (@cahulaan) August 11, 2019
20-year veteran Charles Anderson- a Michigan police officer is on administrative leave after a prospective buyer of his home said he found a framed Ku Klux Klan application. ...yep let that sink it! https://t.co/8t0UlJe4HQ via @blackvoices— Valerie Landfair, Ph.D. (@1Firstfruit) August 12, 2019
Muskegon Township police notified Mathis of the possible threat in person, with a printed version of the threat. The comment that has since been deleted by FOX17 reads: "Those people looking at this house that took the picture, better open their eyes in the back of their head."
😒caucasians... #Muskegon Police Officer, Charles Anderson, is on indefinite but paid leave. A minority couple viewed racist memorabilia during a real estate showing at his home. In 2009, he fatally shot Julius Allen-Ray Johnson but not charged #Michigan https://t.co/6tgmldOvPc pic.twitter.com/xzz0la0dLv— ure_too_close (@ure_too_close) August 13, 2019
Mathis admitted that while the threat made him feel disheartened, he was happy to see that the police were watching the situation closely. The US Army veteran told MLive: "This is what the police department is supposed to do. My Facebook feed is full of (negative comments) and I can’t keep up with it all. I'm happy they were willing to do that."