The police chief in Achille, Okla., has confirmed that his police department has a former neo-Nazi as a reserve officer and defended his decision to hire him, KXII reports.
Bart Alsbrook was hired as a reserve officer for the Achille Police Department, just one year after his departure from the police department in a neighboring town.
Christopher Watson, the police chief of Achille, a small town with a population of about 500 on the northern Texas border, said Alsbrook wanted to leave the skinhead groups he admitted he belonged to. “In the two years that I have known him, he has done nothing but contribute,” Watson told KXII.
Alsbrook was reportedly the Texas coordinator of a Skinhead group called Blood & Honor, an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as an international coalition of racist skinhead gangs.
In August 2017, Alsbrook was named interim Police Chief in Colbert, a town near Achille, but he was forced to resign a week later after admitting his previous links with white supremacist groups.
Watson said his department had zero tolerance for racism, and said that Alsbrook has assured him that he is no longer associated with hate groups. “Everyone has a past, some of which they may not be proud of, of which he is not. He wishes he never had those connections.”