Virginia Capitol Police officer placed on leave after being accused of white supremacist ties
A Virginia Capitol Police sergeant has been placed on administration leave over his alleged ties to white nationalist groups.
Sgt. Robert Stamm was outed as a possible white nationalist by the Antifa Seven Hills group, which examined his social media history after an activist spotted a bandage covering a neck tattoo that they claimed was a Nazi symbol.
A search of his Facebook profile showed Stamm, previously known as Robert Goward, had gotten an anchor tattoo to cover up a wolfsangel, an early symbol of the Nazi Party used by German SS troops during World War II.
Sergeant Robert Stamm, previously Robert Goward, was spotted by an anti-fascist activist with a bandaid covering his neck, which led to exploratory research. It was discovered that an original wolfsangel tattoo on his neck was covered with what is apparently an anchor. pic.twitter.com/g6FNCJlgF3# p #4_13 # ad skipped = true #
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The antifa group also claimed photographs of Stamm in front of a Thin Blue Line “Punisher” flag and the flag of Viking king Ragnar Lothbrok were evidence he had an affinity for white nationalist groups.
The officer also appears to be associated with the Asatru Folk Assembly, a neo-pagan organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as a hate group.
Stamm, who has been with the Capitol Police since 2014, was placed on paid leave during the investigation of a possible violation of division police, reported WTVR-TV.
He was promoted to sergeant last year, and has completed a one-week course at FBI National Academy for front-line supervisors in law enforcement.
Robert A. Stamm (center), promoted by the @VaCapitolPolice to sergeant earlier this year, joined other graduates Friday of the FBI National Academy’s one-week course designed to help front-line supervisors improve their decision-making, preparation and other skills. #DCPproud pic.twitter.com/CXwwjKpoxa# p #11_13 # ad skipped = true #
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