Ex-Klan leader resigns role at Connecticut VFW post

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A leader of a Connecticut post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has resigned after it emerged that he was convicted years ago of crimes involving bigotry as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The VFW said in Twitter messages Tuesday that Scott E. Palmer stepped down as senior vice commander of Post 591 in Wallingford.

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The Record-Journal newspaper reported (https://bit.ly/2tWbBVT) Monday that Palmer was among several Klansmen arrested as a part of an investigation in the 1990s into a rising number of hate crimes in the Wallingford area.

Palmer was convicted in 1993 of intimidation based on bigotry for punching a customer outside a gay bar. He also pleaded guilty to intimidation based on bigotry for yelling slurs at Hispanic men.

Palmer did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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