The true (crazy, outrageous and incredible) story of a Colorado Springs police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s has been made into a Spike Lee movie, coming to theaters this Friday (August 10).

Colorado Springs' newspaper, The Gazette, which is even a part of the film BlacKkKlansman, spoke with Ron Stallworth, the African American detective whose experience the film is based upon.

Stallworth began the investigation by responding to a Klan recruiting ad placed in the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph’s classified section in October 1978. After the Klan made contact with Stallworth by mail and phone, then-Colorado Springs Police Chief John Tagert authorized detectives to conduct an undercover investigation. - The Gazette

Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman is in theaters everywhere this Friday; directed by Jordan Peele, starring John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher Grace.

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