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20 Sep 2018

Oklahoma police department hires White supremacist, ignoring concerns of public

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September 20, 2018 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Achille Police Chief Christopher Watson (left), Officer Bart Alsbrook (right)  (Photos: Twitter)

The FBI has warned about White supremacist groups infiltrating police departments.

By Nigel Roberts

An Oklahoma police chief found himself in the national spotlight for welcoming a known White supremacist into his department, ignoring concerns about the officer.

Achille police chief Christopher Watson hired Bart Alsbrook as a reserve officer, KXII-TV reported last Wednesday.

“He was involved in some kind of group then, and wanted out and the only way he figured he could get out would be to move far away,” said Watson, who added that he believed Alsbrook deserves another chance after supposedly parting ways with a neo-Nazi group.

The news outlet reported last year that Alsbrook was the Texas coordinator of a skinhead group called Blood and Honor, which is an international coalition of racist skinhead gangs. Alsbrook resigned last August from his interim police chief position with the Colbert Police Department in Oklahoma after admitting to his connection with the White supremacist group.

Watson’s willingness to ignore Alsbrook neo-Nazi roots highlights the challenge of preventing White supremacists from having badges and policing Black communities.

The FBI issued a warning in 2006 about White nationalists and skinheads infiltrating police departments, PBS’s News Hour reported,10 years after the agency released the bulletin in an assessment of whether law enforcement departments heeded the warning.

Since federal investigators issued the report, numerous instances of White supremacists working in law enforcement have surfaced, including a Fruitland Park, Florida deputy police chief and an officer in the department who were outed as members of the Ku Klux Klan in 2014.

Authorities have failed to establish a system of vetting the racist background of police hires, according to the News Hour. However, social media has been instrumental in helping to identify law enforcement officers who are members of White supremacist groups.

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