Virginia police sergeant suspended after being linked to white nationalism by Antifa group
A Virginia police sergeant who was helping oversee protests of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has been suspended for alleged ties to white nationalism.
The Virginia Division of Capitol Police said in a statement on Wednesday that Sgt. Robert A. Stamm was placed on administrative leave after the division became aware of a possible violation of its policy. He will remain on leave pending the results of an investigation.
“There is a review policy in place, and we will follow that policy,” Col. Anthony S. Pike, the division’s chief, said.
The New York Times reported Thursday that an anti-fascist group identified the alleged links between Stamm and white nationalism.
A police official told the newspaper that the suspension was handed out to Stamm after the division 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.
“As detailed in this document, Officer Rob Stamm has explicit, overt ties to a white nationalist pagan organization, and an affinity for imagery, tattoos and Facebook pages associated with nazis and white supremacists,” the post reads.
Antifascists of Seven Hills, an organization that seeks “to fight fascists” in Richmond, Va., said in the blog post that it first observed Stamm during protests at the Virginia Capitol that demanded Northam resign over a racist image in his medical yearbook. The group said he came to its attention because of a large Band-Aid he had covering his neck.
A police official confirmed to the Times that Stamm had been assigned to patrol Virginia’s Executive Mansion recently.
The news about Stamm comes amid a political crisis in Virginia involving some of its top officials. Northam has faced calls to resign since a photo surfaced of a man in blackface standing next to another dressed in a KKK robe on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday admitted to wearing blackface to a party in college.
Stamm declined to comment to the Times about the matter.