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Virginia police sergeant fired after being linked to white supremacy

A Virginia Capitol Police sergeant was fired this week following an internal investigation into social media posts that apparently referenced white supremacist groups, according to The Washington Post.

The move comes months after the department first placed Robert A. Stamm, 36, on administrative leave. The Virginia Capitol Police took the next step and fired Stamm after it became aware of a blog post by Antifascists of Seven Hills titled, "VA Capitol Police Shows Affinity with White Nationalist Groups."

The blog post included several pictures of Stamm with tattoos, flags and banners that the group said were symbols and images linked to Nazis and white supremacists.

Capitol Police Chief Anthony S. Pike told The Washington Post that the internal review was conducted "with the dual aims of being not only fair but thorough."

"[Capitol Police] traces its heritage back more than four centuries, and we take employee conduct very seriously," Pike said. "We will continue to commit ourselves to providing law enforcement services to our community with the utmost professionalism."

Stamm, who had been promoted to sergeant in 2018, was assigned in February to monitor protests that were taking place outside of Gov. Ralph Northam's (D) executive mansion following photos surfacing from Northam's college yearbook that showed someone wearing blackface and another dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes. 

Photographs from the protests showed Stamm with a large bandage covering a tattoo on his neck, The Post reported. A police spokesman told the newspaper that Stamm wasn't "alone" in wearing something to hide tattoos. 

The Antifascists of Seven Hills said in a blog post at the time that Stamm came to its attention because of a large Band-Aid he had covering his neck. 

Stamm did not return a request for comment via email from The Post. 

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