Virginia Capitol Police announced Wednesday that it had placed a sergeant on leave after local activists published allegations that he “has an affinity” for symbols associated with white supremacists.
In a news release, the Virginia Division of Capitol Police said Sgt. Robert A. Stamm is on paid administrative leave pending a review of possible violation of department policy.
“There is a review policy in place, and we will follow that policy,” said Col. Anthony S. Pike, the department’s chief, in the release.
On its blog Tuesday, Antifascists of the Seven Hills, a leftist self-described “militant” group, posted Stamm’s name, links to social media accounts in his name and a description of his tattoos and interests listed under those accounts.
The Capitol Police news release says officials will not comment further on the matter.
A division spokesman reached by email declined to say what policy may have been violated.
“Because it’s a personnel matter, we’re not commenting on any specific policies beyond the contents of the statement,” spokesman Joe Macenka said in an email.
The activists on the blog post said Stamm’s social media activity suggests he follows the Asatru Folk Assembly. The blog says Stamm is friends with people who claim to be associated with the group, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a “hate group” blending Northern European paganism and ethnocentrism.
In 2015, federal authorities in Richmond indicted three men from the area on charges that they were plotting to attack synagogues and black churches. Two of them were alleged to be of the Asatru faith, but denied having white supremacist sympathies. All three men were found guilty on conspiracy and weapons charges.
The Facebook and Twitter accounts attributed to Stamm by the activists apparently had been taken down by early Wednesday afternoon.
Stamm could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. A call to his work phone was routed to Macenka, the Capitol Police spokesman.
The local antifa activists say Stamm caught their attention over the weekend as he and other officers were monitoring protests calling for the removal of Gov. Ralph Northam over a racist photo on his page in his 1984 medical school yearbook.