2 Virginia Police Officers Are Fired Amid Allegations of Links to White Nationalists

Reposted from the New York Times

By  Karen Zraick

Sgt. Robert A. Stamm of the Virginia Division of Capitol Police was fired this week after an investigation into a report. Credit Credit Virginia Capital Police


Two Virginia police officers who worked for different agencies were fired at anti-fascist group this summer.

The first case involved Sgt. Robert A. Tribe of the Virginia Division of Capitol Police, who had been assigned to protests calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to resign  over a yearbook photo  that surfaced in February.

This article was written in February 2008. That sergeant tribe came to his attention because he had a large band-aid covering his neck while patrolling. The sergeant tribe with tattoos, flags and banners that has been used for supremacist symbols and images, said in a blog post.

It also said he was linked to the  Asatru Folk Assembly , which is the Southern Poverty Law Center. In 2015, the FBI  foiled a plot  described as followers of extremist variant of  the Asatru faith  to attack black churches and synagogues in the Chesterfield area.

Sergeant Stamm  was released  on Wednesday, Col. Anthony S. Pike, the capitol police chief, announced  in a statement  that the sergeant tribe had been “separated from his employment.” He did not explain what had led to the firing.

In Facebook messages on Thursday night, Mr. Tribe said that he was discriminated against his Asatru religion.

“My religion is not politics, it is faith,” he wrote. “My constitutional rights were violated. Period. “

In the second case, Daniel Morley, a school resource officer, with the Chesterfield County Police Department, which is fired Thursday following an investigation into what is affiliated with the group Identity Evropa, also known as the American Identity Movement. Members of that group helped plan the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally at Charlottesville, Va.,  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center .

Antifa Seven Hills had identified Mr. Morley as a “pledge coordinator” for the group, which recruits on college campuses and elsewhere. Antifa said that Mr. Morley had been responsible for the vetting process and had been a member since 2017.

Mr. Morley was suspended in March. Col. Jeffrey S. Katz, the chief police officer,  wrote on social media  on Thursday that investigators had authenticated the online postings and activities.

Mr. Morley violate county and departmental policy and our organizational values; his continued employment is antithetical to the expectations of our personnel and those we serve, “he wrote.

The anti-fascist group so alleged that Mr. Tribe and Mr. Morley each and every one of them said, “What is it?

Efforts to Mr. Morley on Thursday night were unsuccessful.


Jack Begg contributed research.