(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Chesterfield Police Fire Officer

Accused of White Nationalist Ties

April 18, 2019 - 4:12 pm

Chesterfield , Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Chesterfield Police have announced they have terminated the employment of an officer believed to have white nationalist ties, and for the first time, identified that officer as Daniel Morley.  Morley has been on leave since March, when the alleged ties to the white nationalist group Identity Europa arose.

Morley was a school resource officer at L.C. Bird High School at the time.

In a statement Chesterfield Police Chief Colonel Jeffrey Katz said, "Policing in today’s polarized society is challenging. Successful policing requires relationships rooted in trust.  While I will not get into specifics of this personnel matter, I want you to know that my decision to terminate Mr. Morley is predicated on the well-founded belief that his affiliation and online activities make it impossible for him to carry out his duties in a way that would contribute to the building of trust and the maintenance of legitimacy our police department shares with our supportive community.   Our community deserves to know the men and women of their police department respect and revere them – whoever they may be. It is true that Mr. Morley has a First Amendment Right to free speech and association. However, the views espoused by and attributed to 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."

Just Wednesday, Virginia Capitol Police terminated the employment of Sergeant Robert Stamm, who had been on leave since February.  Stamm was seen in alleged social media posts with white nationalist flags and tattoos.