A pair of police officers in Anniston, Alabama have been suspended after the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed that they are members of the League of the South, a neo-confederate, white nationalist group that is still living — or wish they were — in the 1850s. Here’s the most disturbing part of the story:
Josh Doggrell is a Lieutenant on the force. He is also the founder and chair of his area League of the South chapter. The League of the South (LOS) is a white supremacist organization that calls for southern states to secede and establish a Christian theocratic state run by “Anglo-Celtics.” Doggrell has belonged to the group since 1995.
During a 2013 LOS meeting, Doggrell told the gathered crowd that his supervisors at the department were not only aware of his racist affiliations, they actively agreed with them.
“The vast majority of men in uniform are aware that they’re southerners,” Doggrell said from the podium. “And kith and kin comes before illegal national mandates.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the concept of kith and kin comes from “an explicitly racist ideology called ‘kinism,’ which calls for “laws against racial intermarriage, an end to non-white immigration, expelling all ‘aliens’ (‘to include all Jews and Arabs’), and restricting the right to vote to white, landholding men over the age of 21.”
“I went in and told the chief last year,” Doggrell told the assembly of white supremacists, in recounting his no-secrets policy at work about his LOS affiliation, “I’m not going to sell out my position with the League, as something I believe in strongly. If it came down to it, I’d choose the League.”
“Is there anything you want to ask me?” Doggrell wanted to know of his supervisor.
“You just answered every question I have… We pretty much think like you do,” Doggrell’s chief reportedly replied.
Doggrell’s colleague, Wayne Brown, attended the LOS meeting as well and also currently serves as a Lietuenant with the Anniston police.
Doggrell and Brown have now been suspended and I hope they’re investigating that supervisor as well. The city manager responded to the initial story by saying that they can’t fire them even if they were members of the KKK, but that simply isn’t true.