Alabama Police Department ‘Knowingly Employed’ White Supremacists for Years
Members of a white supremacist group have been suspended by the Anniston Police Department in Alabama after a Southern Poverty Law Center investigation found that they knowingly employed neo-confederate sympathizers for years.
The SPLC reports that Josh Doggrell, a lieutenant with the Anniston Police Department, is the founder of the League of the South chapter in his area. The League of the South is a white supremacist group that wants the south to secede from the union and create a theocratic state run by “Anglo-Celtics.”
The SPLC reports that Doggrell, who has been a member since 1995, told fellow members of the LOS that his supervisors at work not only knew about his affiliations but “actively agreed with them” after uncovering video footage from a 2013 meeting.
“The vast majority of men in uniform are aware they’re southeners,” Doggrell reportedly said at a meeting. “And kith and kin comes before illegal national mandates.”
The SPLC explains that kith and kin refers to “an explicitly racist ideology called ‘kinism,’ which calls for laws against racial intermarriage, an end to non-white immigration, expelling all ‘aliens’ (to include all Jews and Arabs), and restricting the right to vote to white, landholding men over the age of 21.”
Doggrell reportedly told fellow members of the LOS that he told his chief about his affiliation, claiming that the chief replied, “We pretty much think like you do.”
After the SPLC released the report, the Anniston Police Department suspended Doggrell, as well as Lt. Wayne Brown, who also attended LOS meetings.
The Department released a statement, saying, “Lt. Brown and Lt. Doggrell do not speak for the city of Anniston nor the Anniston Police Department. The city of Anniston has commenced an investigation into this matter and will work diligently to ensure that appropriate action is taken.’