The Southern Poverty Law Center is widely known for their work tracking hate crimes and hate groups, particularly those related to Neo-Nazism and the Ku Klux Klan.
The SPLC reports that one police department in Alabama has knowingly hired neo-Confederate sympathizers and klansmen, in spite of the fact that this would obviously bias them against certain members of the community they have taken an oath to serve and protect.
Josh Doggrell, of the Anniston Police Department, is a Lieutenant as well as the founder and chair of his area League of the South chapter. That organization, according to the SPLC is a “white supremacist organization.”
The SPLC further states that the LOS promotes the secession of the south in order to establish a Christian theocratic state which they say should be run by a “racial elite” of “Anglo-Celtics.”
Lieutenant Doggrell has been an active member and leader in the organization since 1995. The Anniston Police Department sees no problem with that.
Doggrell told a group of LOS members, back in 2013, that the police supervisors and hire-ups in the Anniston Police Department are “not only aware” of his racist organization and affiliations, but they “actively agree” with those groups.
“The vast majority of men in uniform are aware that they’re southerners,” Doggrell stated without waiver. “And kith and kin comes before illegal national mandates.”
“I went in and told the chief last year, I’m not going to sell out my position with the League, as something I believe in strongly. If it came down to it, I’d choose the League.”
After his big reveal to his law enforcement supervisors, he said “Is there anything you want to ask me?”
“You just answered every question I have,” he recalled. “We pretty much think like you do,” the chief replied.
Wayne Brown, another Lieutenant with the Anniston police, was at that meeting and confirmed the position of their supervisors on their racial supremacist beliefs.
The Southern Poverty Law Center recently sent a video of this meeting to the city manager, Brian Johnson. Johnson said that even if officers were proven to belong to Neo-Nazi groups or the Ku Klux Klan, this is no reason for them to be fired.
Watch that video below…
“I do not believe that someone could be terminated solely based on their private sector membership in a properly formed legal organization,” Johnson stated, “as hateful as the KKK might be.”
Notice how he could not even bring himself to refrain from the word “might.”
The Anniston Star reported on Wednesday, however, that due to all the bad publicity this leaked video tape was giving the city, Doggrell and Brown have been suspended.
“Lt. Brown and Lt. Doggrell do not speak for the city of Anniston nor the Anniston Police Department,” an official statement from the city read. “The city of Anniston has commenced an investigation into this matter and will work diligently to ensure the appropriate action is taken.”
(Article by S. Wooten)