With allegations of racism already swirling around the state capitol, a sergeant with the Virginia Capitol Police has now been accused of having ties to a white nationalist organization.
Local activists have published social media posts by Sergeant Robert Stamm, showing the officer with tattoos and flags associated with Nordic mythology and white nationalism. The Capitol Police released a statement this morning saying Stamm has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
“There is a review policy in place, and we will follow that policy,” Division Chief Anthony S. Pike said in a statement.
About a dozen of Stamm’s social media posts were published on a blog run by a Richmond anti-fascist group Tuesday night. One post displays the logo of the organization Asatru Folk Assembly.
Keegan Hankes, a senior research analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center said the group is a hate group that associates itself with Nordic mythology and sees the preservation of ‘white people’ as central to its mission.
“The SPLC designated [Asatura Folk Assembly] as a hate group because of their indulgence of myths of genetic purity, that race has a founding in biology, and because of its connections to the so-called alt-right and racist skinhead movements,” Hankes said.
Capitol Police would not say if their investigation of Stamm is connected with the social media posts, but the department’s social media policy shows officers are not allowed to use their personal social media accounts to make racially insensitive comments. The policy also prohibits posts that damage the public’s trust in the department.