(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

UPDATE: Chesterfield Investigating Officer

Activist Groups Alleging White Nationalist Ties Of Officer

March 18, 2019 - 1:46 pm

Chesterfield, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) -  UPDATE:  Chesterfield Police now say the officer has been administratively suspended, pending a recommendation from Col. Jeffrey Katz for termination.  The officer will have a chance to respond.

Chesterfield Police say they are looking into the potential white nationalist affiliations alleged of one of their school resource officers.  Activist groups named the officer in a series of posts and tweets Monday morning.  The officer was alleged to be part of the white nationalist group Identity Europa (since renamed American Identity Movement), one of the groups that organized the Unite the Right in Charlottesville in 2017.

In a statement, Chesterfield Police Chief Jeffrey Katz said, “We are aware of the alleged affiliation and online activities of one of our officers and our Office of Professional Standards is actively investigating these claims. We are concerned and committed to determining if there is any truth to these allegations. There is absolutely no place for intolerance or prejudicial behavior in public service, and we will not tolerate affiliations which even remotely lend themselves to predispositions of bias.”

Three people died in Unite the Right in August 2017, including two State Police trooper-pilots, and activist Heather Heyer.