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Support for Chris Knight



So far, 362 and counting. That's how many people, including current and former employees of the FHP, have signed an online petition demanding that Col. Chris Knight be reinstated as chief of the Florida Highway Patrol. Knight was forced to resign Sept. 17 after an investigation concluded he falsified an official document. He was forced out by Electra Bustle, executive director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, with the support of Gov. Charlie Crist, after a six-month probe that produced no other charges but amplified complaints by black employees that they had been treated unfairly.

"I have 30 years as a trooper and this is wrong," Joe Tucker writes. Signer No. 18 on the petition, Ken Howes, a former FHP spokesman, writes: "Colonel Knight was the victim of a political assassination ... My fear is that this is just the beginning of the end of the Florida Highway Patrol. What a terrible shame."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:05pm]


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