Social media continues to rip the mask off white supremacy. This time, a police chief for a small town in Oklahoma said his goodbyes to his job after being exposed for having ties to not one, but two neo-Nazi websites.
Bart Alsbrook, who was named interim Colbert, Okla., police chief on Tuesday, has denied the allegations.
Tulsa World reports that Alsbrook said his name was linked to the websites through vindictive skinheads he’d met at heavy metal concerts; he also said that neo-Nazis in Dallas have been using his name since the mid-’90s.
“We hate each other,” said Alsbrook via text. “They use my name in all sorts of things.”
On Saturday he said he plans to resign as interim chief and as a reserve officer in the department.
“Someone has been using my name for years on the Internet in regards to racist topics. It’s not me, rather someone who has hijacked my name due to my combativeness and rejection to white power skinheads who were always coming to the heavy metal shows, starting fights and messing up our scene,” he said in a text message to Tulsa World, which noted that it changed some of the text for clarity and spelling.
However, a local Texas station (Colbert is on the Texas-Oklahoma border) said that Alsbrook’s name was signed to ownership records for ISD Records, which sells music like “Hitler Was Right,” according to Raw Story, and for NS88 Videos (neo-Nazis use 88 as shorthand for the “Heil, Hitler” salute) after the station began looking into hate groups in the area via the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map.
Alsbrook’s name was also used to attempt to register the trademark “Blood Honour” in 2005. SPLC describes Blood & Honour as a “shadowy international coalition of racist skinhead gangs.”
Mysteriously, once the station called to ask him about it, the site was taken down within hours. Also, there is no other “Bart Alsbrook” in the United States, Raw Story reports.
Via text, Alsbrook said that he “wishes he could” bring action against the ID-taking skinheads but won’t.