A Virginia school resource officer has been suspended after it was revealed he was secretly an organizer for white supremacy group Identity Evropa.
Police officer Daniel Morley, 31, was a named the School Resource Officer for L.C. Bird High School in August 2018, but was suspended this week after it was revealed he was a pledge coordinator for the neo-Nazi group.
His affiliation to the white power group was unearthed in an investigation led by anti-fascist activists who scoured through thousands of leaked messages that were posted online by independent media organization Unicorn Riot.
Morley was suspended from his job at the high school and Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffrey Katz recommended he be fired after he completes a state-mandated disciplinary process, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
‘We are concerned and committed to determining if there is any truth to these allegations,’ Police Chief Katz said on Monday.
‘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,’ he added.
Morley’s white supremacy ties were unmasked when anti-fascist activists reached out to local paper the Richmond Times-Dispatch, alleging that Morley had been a Neo-Nazi since 2006 and posted comments on white supremacist websites under the moniker ‘Danimal876’.
He was active on multiple white nationalist platforms where he espoused his racist, pro-white views and interacted with like-minded peers back in 2009.
Morley posted on Identity Evropa’s server in September announcing his position as the pledge coordinator.
‘My job is to help guide people through the process of applying to IE and becoming full members of this great organization. If you have any questions about what you need to do next, DM me and I’ll get back to you,’ he posted.
His post came just a month after he was designated as a high school resource officer.
The Chesterfield County Police Department shared a clip of Morley when he received that esteemed position.
In the video Morley says: ‘I want to ensure that the children of this county get to have the same safe childhood that I did growing up.’
The paper flagged his neo-Nazi ties to Chesterfield police officials. Police said last week that they were investigating the allegations against Morley and he was suspended from his position.
‘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,’ Police Chief Katz said.
‘At this point, the officer in question has been removed from his position as a school resource officer and has been administratively suspended from the police department pending a recommendation from Col. Jeffrey Katz for termination,’ the police said in a press release.
Unicorn Riot leaked more than 700,000 messages that have outed numerous public figures. According to Huffington Post, seven members of the U.S. military were working directly with the hate group.
Identity Evropa is an American neo-Nazi and white supremacy organization that was established in March 2016 and is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group is also known as the American Identity Movement.
The group played a role in organizing the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. Many of the ralliers at that protest were seen wearing identity Evropa emblem on their shirts.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Marlene Lenthang