- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2015

Florida police arrested three reputed Ku Klux Klan members — two of whom work as corrections officers — in an alleged plot to kill a black inmate after his release from prison.

Thomas Jordan Driver, 25, and David Elliot Moran, 47 are officers at the Florida Department of Corrections’ Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler. Charles Townsend Newcomb, 42, was a former officer there, officials said, NBC News reported.

All three men are members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK and have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder, according to the state attorney general’s office.

The suspects concocted the plan as retaliation for a fight between the inmate and one of the men, prosecutors said.

Mr. Driver and Mr. Moran are being held in Union County jail. Mr. Newcomb is in Alachua County Jail on a $750,000 bond, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Florida Corrections Secretary Julie Jones said in a statement that she was “moving swiftly” to fire the two current employees.

“Our Department has zero tolerance for racism or prejudice of any kind,” she said. “The actions of these individuals are unacceptable and do not, in any way, represent the thousands of good, hardworking and honorable correctional officers employed at the Department of Corrections.”

The wide-ranging investigation included the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and various state and local agencies, including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife.

 

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