In BlacKkKlansman, when David Duke comes to Colorado Springs, the police chief assigns Ron Stallworth to be his police escort.
Duke needs a police escort because there have been threats of violence directed at him. The chief assigns Ron.
This decision seems obviously unwise:
- Ron is a key member of an undercover operation currently investigating Duke's terrorist organization
- Ron's identity is sensitive because he unthinkingly gave his real name to the KKK when he first made contact
- Ron is obviously a black man, while Duke and all his pals are very explicitly, formally, and violently anti-black
- Ron is probably still the only black police officer in town
Is the chief trying to sabotage the investigation? Is he hoping to provoke Duke?
The chief seems like he's not a bad guy. For one thing, he hires Ron in the first place. Later, he promotes him to detective. He green-lights Ron & Flip's investigation, and evidently allocates the resources they needed. And after the KKK bombing is derailed, the chief is part of the tiny sting operation in the bar against the racist cop who harassed Patrice and Kwame earlier in the film.
So why does the chief assign Ron to be Duke's bodyguard?