2 Virginia police officers fired for alleged ties to white supremacist groups

Social media posts show white nationalist beliefs. Two Virginia police officers were fired after allegations of involvement with white supremacist groups surfaced. Virginia Division of Capitol Police announced on Wednesday that officer Robert Stamm was fired after a review of possible violations of state and division policies. Stamm had been on administrative leave since February 6. Capitol Police spokesperson Joe Macenka told CNN the investigation that ultimately led to Stamm’s termination started after activist group Antifa Seven Hills shared screenshots of Stamm’s social media posts to Twitter, tagging the Capitol Police’s account. On February 5, Antifa Seven Hills wrote a blog post with pictures of Stamm showing tattoos and flags with symbols the activist group says are commonly associated with white supremacy. On his Facebook profile photo, Stamm has a stamp of the Asatru Folk Assembly, an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as “perhaps this country’s largest neo-Völkisch hate group.” The SPLC says neo-Völkisc “adherents base their spirituality on the survival of those descended from white Europeans. …” (…) The second officer, Daniel Morley, worked for the Chesterfield County Police and was fired on Thursday, Police Chief Jeffrey Katz wrote on a Facebook post. Katz said Morley was investigated because he “may have an affiliation with Identify Evropa — an organization widely known for promoting white nationalism.”
CNN’s attempts to reach Morley for comment were unsuccessful. Antifa of the Seven Hills also wrote a blog post about Morley, alleging he plays an active role in the Identity Evropa discussion groups as a pledge coordinator.
(…) A federal lawsuit filed in 2017 alleges that Richard Spencer, a white nationalist leader, said one of Identity Evropa’s founders, Nathan Damigo, “took the lead in organizing white supremacist participation among people from outside Charlottesville” for the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.
The organization was then rebranded as American Identity Movement in early March – and photos on the Antifa blog post show Morley waving an American flag behind the organization’s banner. The SPLC calls the newly-coined movement a “derivative” of Identity Evropa.

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