After Resigning as Police Chief Over Skinhead Ties, This Oklahoma Town Police Department Hired Him

A little over a year ago Colbert, Okla., hired Bart Alsbrook to be the local police department’s interim chief of police. It didn’t take long for various aspects of Alsbrook’s private life to come to light. Among other things, Alsbrook was found to be a very active member of a militant neo-Nazi group, C18. That group is linked to Blood & Honour USA, which was administered by Alsbrook online and has well-established skinhead ties.

It also surfaced that Alsbrook had once been charged with attempted murder in 1995 when he viciously stabbed a fellow skinhead 24 times. However, the victim refused to appearin court and the case fell apart, resulting in the charges against Alsbrook being dropped.

In both instances, Alsbrook roundly denied having any neo-Nazi or skinhead affiliations. In 1995, he claimed that he had been falsely identified by the victim. In 2017, Alsbrook cried fowl and insisted that detractors with a vendetta against him were fabricating online evidence of neo-Nazi ties. Unfortunately for Alsbrook, a pair of 15-year-old documentaries were soon discovered which focused on white supremacist groups and featured him speaking on camera in detail about his involvement with violent neo-Nazi groups.

Rather than face any further scrutiny, Alsbrook made the prudent decision to retire from the Colbert Police Department. Surely this marked the end of his career in law enforcement, right?

Not exactly. Since his resignation, Alsbrook has found work as a reserve officer at the Achille Police Department in Achille, Okla. When asked about this questionable hiring decision, both the police chief and the Achille city government were firm in their support of Alsbrook, dismissing his past as being “water under the bridge,” saying he’d left his neo-Nazi way behind. Alsbook himself has made similar statements about having abandoned his past.

While it is not beyond the realm of possibility for people to change themselves for the better, certainly, the Achille city government’s decision seems foolish for several reasons.

The most obvious is that because there is not a test to administer on someone to determine whether they are or are not a white supremacist, this situation relies solely on taking Alsbrook at his word. And while that might be good enough for other professions, it cannot and should not be sufficient for someone working in law enforcement.

Which leads us to the other key reason Achille is being dangerously myopic in hiring Alsbrook. The ready acceptance of a neo-Nazi, even a former one, sends a clear message to the community it is meant to protect and serve: We care more about our boys in blue than we do about our citizens. It can and will foster a sense of distrust and resentment toward the department as a whole (at least, among Achille residents who take issue with skinheads). As such, it will needlessly impede crime fighting and alienate people, as though police officers in the United States need any more of that.

It is not that Alsbrook should be blacklisted from being gainfully employed, especially if he truly has left his hate in the past. But there is no reason he needs to be in such a sensitive, important career as a law enforcement officer. Go work in an office, bag groceries just don’t be in our communities wearing blue and carrying a government-issued gun.

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Tell the City of Achille that it is unacceptable to have any personnel with any white supremacist affiliations, past or present, and must dismiss Bart Alsbrook. The police officers in our communities are there to protect everyone, regardless of race, religion or creed. Please consider adding your name to our petition to the Achille city government and make your voice heard!

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56 comments

Dave f
Past Member 5 months ago

Signed.

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Carole R
Carole R6 months ago

People can change but in this case it is highly unlikely.

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KS G
KS Goh6 months ago

Thanks for the article

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Tania N
Tania N6 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Tania N
Tania N6 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Tania N
Tania N6 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Chad A
Chad Anderson6 months ago

Training cannot really be the issue when there are departments that knowingly hire racist cops.

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Leo C
Leo C6 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Leo C
Leo C6 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini6 months ago

Thanks, Roxanne W.!!!
Another one that keeps slipping in is using 'reign' to mean 'rein'- To be precise, 'reign' is what monarchs do, 'rein in' come from horse riding and means to bring under control. Sorry, but if we lose the meaning of the words we use, we'll end up not understanding each other.

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