JUST IN: Two KKK pranksters to be fired

SANDUSKY The two troopers involved in the KKK prank at the Sandusky post will lose their jobs.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

The two troopers involved in the KKK prank at the Sandusky post will lose their jobs.

Troopers Craig. T. Franklin and Eric E. Wlodarsky were placed on "administrative leave pending the disciplinary process for termination," according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

The move comes a day after Col. Richard Collins, the superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and public safety director Henry Guzman met with Gov. Ted Strickland to discuss the Sandusky incident.

"The governor today determined the disciplinary action and asked director Guzman and Col. Collins to immediately begin proceedings to terminate the employment of the trooper and the sergeant involved," the news release stated.

The two troopers were recommended for termination, but kept their jobs because of a union contract. Wlodarsky was a sergeant, but was demoted, as part of the initial disciplinary action.

Franklin dressed up in KKK-like garb and Wlodarsky snapped his picture with a camera phone while the two were on duty at the Sandusky post the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The troopers said the incident was a joke and modeled after a skit by black comedian Dave Chappelle. Wlodarsky sent the picture to another trooper, who was also disciplined.

Read more in Wednesday's Register.