Troopers fired for KKK prank

SANDUSKY The two troopers involved in the KKK prank at the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol ha
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

The two troopers involved in the KKK prank at the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol have been terminated.

Troopers Craig Franklin and Eric Wlodarsky appeared in front of Capt. Robert Markowski last week at a pre-disciplinary hearing.

“There was just cause for discipline and termination was carried through,” said patrol spokesman Lt. Tony Bradshaw.

The two troopers were originally disciplined, but not fired, after it was discovered Wlodarsky took a picture of Franklin dressed up in a KKK-like outfit while the two were on duty at the Sandusky post the day before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The troopers told investigators the picture was taken as a joke and it was based on a skit by black comedian Dave Chappelle.

The two were able to keep their jobs then because of a union contract.

On April 22, Gov. Ted Strickland told Col. Richard Collins, the head of the highway patrol, and Ohio Department of Public Safety director Henry Guzman to immediately begin proceedings to terminate the troopers.

Read more in Tuesday’s Register and view full coverage of the KKK prank at sanduskyregister.com/features/kkk_prank/