White Supremacist Infiltration Of Law Enforcement And Public Office
White supremacists have infiltrated our law enforcement agencies and public office to protect white supremacist, promote the white supremacist agenda and to deprive black people and other minorities of their rights, their freedom and their lives.
Chief Michel Moore said the ad placement was being investigated.
By Dennis Romero
The Los Angeles Police Department was trying to figure out Saturday how one of its ads for new recruits ended up on right-wing news site Breitbart. The department, in which Latinos comprise the largest ethnic group of officers, was quick to denounce the placement on a platform that has often highlighted the misdeeds and crimes of people living in the U.S. without proper documentation and that critics have accused of posting racist content. LAPD Chief Michel Moore tweeted Saturday that his department would team up with the city's Personnel Department to determine how the ad, featuring a photo of an officer and the words, "Choose Your Future," ended up on the website once run by Stephen Bannon, a former adviser to President Donald Trump. more...
A Leaked Message Board Shows What White Supremacists Think of the Police
By Jackson Landers
A recently leaked trove of internal communications among white supremacists show that many believed members of the police and military are on their side. The Southern Poverty Law Center in 2008 began issuing reports about members of white supremacist groups joining the military in large numbers. The FBI in 2006 issued a heavily redacted report warning of systematic infiltration of law enforcement organizations by white supremacists. More than a decade on, what results have those infiltration efforts gleaned and how do neo-Nazi groups talk about their relations with the military and police officers? A recently leaked trove of internal communications provides a window into the thinking of members of the modern “alt-right” white supremacist movement. The educational nonprofit media organization Unicorn Riot obtained access to tens of thousands of messages passed among hundreds of white supremacists on chat servers used to plan the August 12 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white supremacist allegedly killed a counter protester, Heather Heyer.
Electoral Politics and the KKK in WA
by Trevor Griffey
The Ku Klux Klan was controversial in the 1920s not only because of its intolerance and promotion of vigilante violence, but also because of its entry into American politics. During the first half of the 1920s, the Klan, which had previously been associated with the South, came to thoroughly dominate electoral politics in Indiana, supposedly helped elect eleven Governors (including Oregon’s Walter Pierce), and briefly controlled State Legislatures in the Western States of Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and Oregon. At the national level, the Klan is alleged to have elected dozens of Senators and Congressmen in the 1920s. Though at the local level Klan politicians were both Republicans and Democrats, nationally it was the Democratic Party that was most associated with the Klan because of intense infighting at its 1924 Presidential nominating convention. Klan allies fought tooth-and-nail to oppose the nomination of New York Governor Al Smith because he was Catholic, and conflict between delegates went from rhetoric to fistfights. The negative publicity from this infighting supposedly helped Republican Calvin Coolidge win the Presidency that year by a landslide. In this context, the inroads made into electoral politics by Washington State’s Ku Klux Klan seem relatively mild. Voting patterns on the Klan’s anti-Catholic school bill in 1924 suggest that while the Klan had many members in big cities, its main voting power (which was not very large) resided in small farming towns. Yet on the other hand, at the Democratic Party Convention earlier that year, delegates from Washington state, along with those from Oregon and Idaho, were unanimous in opposing a plank to the Party platform which would have repudiated violence associated with the KKK.
Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties
By MIKE SCHNEIDER - Associated Press
FRUITLAND PARK, Florida (AP) _ Residents of this small town have been stunned by an investigative report linking two city police officers with the Ku Klux Klan, the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area. The violence against African-Americans that permeated the area was more than 60 years ago, when the place was more rural and the main industry was citrus. These days, the community of less than 5,000 residents northwest of Orlando has been infused by the thousands of wealthier, more cosmopolitan retirees in the area. Those who live in the bedroom community, which is less than 10 percent black, have reacted not only with shock, but disgust that officers could be involved with the Klan, the mayor said. “I’m shocked, very shocked,” said Chery Mion, who works in a Fruitland Park gift shop next door to the mayor’s office. “I didn’t think that organization was still around. Yes, in the 1950s. But this 2014, and it’s rather disconcerting to know.” Mayor Chris Bell says he heard stories about a Klan rally that took place two years before he arrived in the 1970s, but he has never seen anything firsthand. As recently as the 1960s, many in law enforcement in the South were members but “it’s exceedingly unusual these days to find a police officer who is secretly a Klansman,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.
Greesnboro Police Accused Of 'Protecting' Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
WFMY News 2
A routine Tuesday night City Council meeting turned tense when the Greensboro Police Department was questioned and repeatedly called out. Greensboro resident and antiracist activist Mitchell Fryer took to the podium and referenced an article by journalist Nate Thayer. The article talks about the Greensboro Police Departments alleged working relationship with Christopher Barker, a known Ku Klux Klan leader in North Carolina. Barker is the Imperial Wizard of the Loyal White Knights. "Over 20 officers both Greensboro and part of a federal task force system and they do a litany of things.. DEA, ATF, FBI," Chief Scott said. "That is a partnership we experience and we get benefit from here in city, it's longstanding they do a multitude of things that I cant discuss, but everything they're doing is in the bounds of the law."
In the US, white supremacists have infiltrated police and military to get weapons training
By Matthew Hall
New York: Law enforcement, the military, and politics in the United States have been infiltrated by white supremacists, who use it to recruit others and gain paramilitary training. The claim, by a former neo-Nazi skinhead who now works as an anti-racist activist, is supported by internal reports on local policing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the top domestic law enforcement agency in the US. Christian Picciolini, a 44-year-old, award-winning activist from Chicago who now works to deradicalise racist extremists, says members of his former neo-Nazi gang pursued careers with police departments, joined the military, or ran for political office. “A lot of these old skinheads and [Ku Klux] Klansmen have gone into the mainstream,” Picciolini told Fairfax Media. “Many people from my crew went on to be Chicago police officers, they went on to be prison guards,and they certainly took their ideology with them. A lot of people that I know ended up enlisting in the military to recruit [racists] and to get weapons and combat training.” Picciolini says he “frequently” gets requests for help from people in the military - or parents or friends - concerned by rhetoric within the ranks. “They are denying the Holocaust, their views are in line with white supremacists and white nationalists, and they are coming back from serving in the military angry,” he says.
It's time to admit police have a history of connections with the KKK
By Jorge Rivas
Larrissa Moore skipped the typical law school summer vacation at a beach. Instead, she spent her summer break holed up inside a Presbyterian church in Georgia, reviewing unsolved murder cases from the civil-rights era.The Mississippi College School of Law student says she wants to be a federal judge, but until that day comes she’s figuring out how to serve justice any way she can. Moore, 24, spent 10 weeks reviewing old police records looking for clues to help her close unresolved civil-rights era killings, including suspicious cases that may have involved officers pulling the trigger. But the enthusiasm Moore had when she arrived to her internship quickly turned to anger. Moore said she quickly realized many of the officer shootings she was looking at from the 1950s and 1960s sounded a lot like the cases she was seeing in the news in 2015.
Ku Klux Klan members in United States politics
This is a partial list of a few notable figures in U.S. national politics who were members of the Ku Klux Klan before taking office. Membership was secret. Sometimes political opponents might allege that a person was a member, or was supported at the polls by Klan members.
The FBI’s mole in the KKK murdered a black man while under bureau protection, and got away with it
Gary Thomas Rowe was implicated in some of the civil rights era’s worst crimes
By Laura Smith
Halfway between Selma and Montgomery, on a dark stretch of Alabama highway, a white woman was driving a sedan. In the seat beside her was Leroy Morton, a black man. It was 1965. Viola Gregg Liuzzo, a 39-year-old medical student and mother of five from Detroit, was transporting civil rights activists to and from the Freedom March. When she heard about the march she told her husband, “There are just too many people who stand around talking.” She got in her car and drove to Alabama. Before returning home, she called her husband and told him, “I’m very happy, don’t worry.” She didn’t realize that in Selma, she and Morton had been spotted by Ku Klux Klan members. They were now following her on the highway. They rolled down their windows, sped up beside Liuzzo’s car, pointed their rifles, and fired. Liuzzo was shot in the head. Morton lived, but Liuzzo would be the only white woman to die in the civil rights movement. It was this event — not the numerous murders of black people — that would cause President Johnson to urge the KKK to “return to decent society” in a televised news conference. He went on to say that since the FBI had located the murderers, “The whole nation can take heart from the fact that there are those in the south who believe in justice in racial matters and who are determined not to stand for acts of violence and terror.”
The Invisible Empire: Famous KKK Members In American Politics
By Richard Stockton
These famous KKK members reached the highest ranks of power in the U.S. government and shaped our history. Internet message boards have been hot this month with Anonymous’ alleged hacking of the Ku Klux Klan’s Twitter account. As befits an Internet phenomenon, much of what has been published so far is unsubstantiated, but several prominent public figures have been accused of secret membership in the KKK, including several pro-civil rights mayors and Representative John Cornyn (R-TX), the current House Whip. Needless to say, everybody who has commented on the outing so far has denied being affiliated with the KKK, which you’d expect from politicians with something to lose. In the context of American politics, however, the fact that membership in the KKK is now considered a career-ending liability is a relatively new phenomenon. Just a few generations ago, membership in the 5 million-strong KKK brought aspiring politicians money, legitimacy, and easy electoral victories. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that so many American public figures have been members of the secret empire of the Klan:
Ocala's Mayor facing accusations of being a KKK member
By Landon Harrar
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Ocala's mayor Kent Guinn is again facing an accusation of racism and being part of the Ku Klux Klan. The accusation was made after he signed a proclamation making April 26th, 2019 as confederate memorial day in Ocala. Wednesday morning Mayor Guinn told TV20 he wasn't expecting this controversial backlash but after multiple news organizations reached out to him for comment including TV20 he decided it was best to get everyone in one place to ask questions and also giving him the chance defend himself. Tuesday night after Mayor Guinn signed the proclamation brought to him by representatives of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, City Council President Mary Sue Rich was unhappy and let it be known. She said she's starting to believe what others have said about Mayor Guinns' ties to being a KKK member. Mayor Guinn in his press conference refuted those claims saying, " the conversation the other night about me being in the KKK it was a subject that came up in 2015. I stood right here and said the following and I'll say it right now. I am not, I repeat not in the KKK. I never have been, I never will be and I despise and I hate everything that organization stands for. I don't know how I can make that any more crystal clear than that."
Probe of Michigan officer's KKK item could lead to review of fatal shooting
By karma allen
A Michigan police department has opened an investigation of one of its officers after a potential homebuyer reported seeing items associated with white supremacy at the officer's home. Police in Muskegon, Michigan, launched an internal investigation of officer Charles Anderson last week after the would-be homebuyer, who is black, said he discovered a Confederate flag display and a framed Ku Klux Klan application during a tour of the home.
Why do the cops keep protecting white supremacists?
This past weekend in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, dozens of police assaulted and arrested community members holding an anti-racist canned food drive and potluck on the campus of the University of North Carolina. The community potluck was a response to the wave of right-wing backlash since a racist Jim Crow-era confederate statue on the campus was finally toppled three weeks ago. In response, white supremacists have gathered at the pedestal of the former “Silent Sam” statue with heavy police protection – while police have pepper-sprayed, beaten and arrested UNC students and community who came out to oppose them. Police providing special protection to Nazis, the KKK, and other right-wing groups is far from a new trend. But the pattern feels especially stark this summer given the way police have responded to a series of rallies meant to continue the racist terror spree of Charlottesville. At a Portland alt-right rally in August, police attacked anti-fascist protesters with flash grenades, giving one protestor third-degree chemical burns and nearly killing another. At the main Unite the Right 2 rally in Washington, D.C., police provided an escort and private train to a group that included Charlottesville architect and “white civil rights activist” Jason Kessler. I saw this firsthand at a rally hosted by Nazi front group Resist Marxism in Boston last month. Police were laughing and palling around with Nazis while they shoved and harassed anti-fascist protesters. Boston police provided a barricade of protection and private escort to the train station for the white supremacists once it became clear that the hundreds of us counterprotesting were not going away.