The Virginia Division of Capitol Police (VDCP) has suspended a Virginia police sergeant who was helping oversee protests of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) for alleged ties to white nationalism.
The VDCP said in a statement on Wednesday that Sgt. Robert A. Stamm was placed on administrative leave after the division was made aware of a possible violation of its policy.
Stamm will remain on leave pending the results of an investigation.
“There is a review policy in place, and we will follow that policy,” said Col. Anthony S. Pike, the division’s chief.
An anti-fascist group helped identify the alleged links between Stamm and white nationalism, reports The New York Times.
A police official told the Times that the suspension was handed out to Stamm after the division reviewed a blog post by Antifascists of Seven Hills titled, “VA Capitol Police Shows Affinity with White Nationalist Groups.”
The blog post includes several photos of Stamm with tattoos, flags and banners that the group claims are symbols and images linked to Nazis and white supremacist groups.
“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 says it seeks “to fight fascists” in Richmond, Va., said in the post that it first encountered Stamm during protests at the Virginia Capitol that demanded Northam resign over a blackface/KKK robe image in his medical yearbook.
The group said a large Band-Aid he had covering his neck initially drew their attention to him.
“Stamm was first observed by antifascists because he had a large bandaid covering his neck during a protest on capitol grounds. Looking back into his photo history, it appears Stamm has changed his neck tattoo over time,” the blog post notes.
They continue: “In early 2012, his neck tattoo closely resembled the “wolfsangel,” a common symbol of the nazi party, and used in the U.S. by Aryan Nations organizations. Stamm’s original wolfsangel tattoo had a red-white-black color pattern — a common white power and white nationalist color scheme, known to be used most by the Hammerskins and also the colors of the nazi flag.”
A police official confirmed to the Times that Stamm had been assigned to patrol Virginia’s Executive Mansion recently.
Stamm declined to comment to the Times about the matter.