FHP Chief Chris Knight Resigns Following 6-month Investigation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Colonel Chris Knight has resigned as
the Florida Highway Patrol's chief.

Tuesday's resignation follows a six-month state investigation that found he falsified a memo's date, but cleared him of most other allegations.

But in a report, Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators say other matters surfaced in the probe that warrant additional attention.

One issue is complaints from high-ranking FHP officers who say they were afraid Knight would retaliate against them for cooperating with the investigation.

Knight tells The Associated Press that he takes responsibility for his mistakes and that they were not done maliciously.

Knight says he's mostly troubled by accusations from six African American officers that they were unfairly treated by him. He says he has never done that.

Lieutenant Colonel John Czernis has been appointed as interim director.

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