An interim police chief of an Oklahoma town resigned last year after his ties to a neo-Nazi group was revealed, only to be hired at a police department from a neighboring town one year later, the Daily Beast reports.
Bart Alsbrook, 50, was the Texas coordinator of the racist skinhead group Blood & Honour USA, which has links with neo-Nazi groups. He reportedly attended a conference of racist skinhead groups in 2005 and ran a skinhead video production company called NS88 Videos.
When he was named police chief of Colbert, Okla., last August, those ties came to light, forcing him to resign under pressure.
But Alsbrook recently started a new job as a reserve officer in the Achille, Okla., police department and his new employer says Alsbrook’s racist past is all water under the bridge. The police chief said he’d been aware of Alsbrook’s neo-Nazi history, but believes he’d since moved on, and was no longer racist.
Achille’s city government said they support the decision to give Alsbrook a second chance. “We don’t consider something from 20 years ago,” according to Achille City Clerk Laura Stanley.
Prior to his resignation last year, Alsbrook told the Herald Democrat in a text message: “Left all that racist stuff behind me 15 years ago. Been helping people ever since. I have a clean record so I volunteered to be an unpaid police office a few years back.”