A police officer in Virginia has been placed on leave and recommended for termination following allegations that he is a member of a white supremacist organization, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday.
Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffrey Katz recommended that Daniel Morley, a school resource officer, be fired after the department was accused of having ties to Identity Evropa, a white nationalist group.
“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 department said in a statement to the paper.
The news comes a week after the paper reportedly received a tip from a person identified as a member of the Colorado Springs, Colo., antifa branch alleging that Morley was a member of Identity Evropa and has a history of posting comments on websites like Stormfront, a white nationalist and white supremacist forum.
The Colorado Springs branch also alleged that the officer acted as a pledge coordinator for Identity Evropa and has been a neo-Nazi for over a decade.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Identity Evropa played a role in organizing the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017, which drew hundreds of white nationalist and white supremacist demonstrators to Charlottesville, Va.
The Times-Dispatch pressed Chesterfield police over the allegations shortly after.
Katz told the paper on Monday the department was 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,” he continued.
The Times-Dispatch also pressed the Colorado Springs antifa branch for more information regarding the group’s allegations last week.
According to the paper, the group did not respond to its request until after its story was published on Monday. The group told the paper it hadn’t replied “because we realized we jumped the gun and should have let Antifa Seven Hills handle it.”
Antifa Seven Hills, which is based in the Richmond area, posted its allegations on Monday, according to the paper.
Katz said Monday that Morley is being interviewed by the department’s Office of Professional Standards.
Though he has been recommended for termination, the department is bound by state law to follow the Law Enforcement Officers Procedural Guarantee Act, which states that an officer must receive written notification of “all charges, the basis therefor and the action which may be taken.”
Morley has five days to respond to the charges against him.