The city of Anniston, Alabama, has placed two of its police officers on administrative leave while it investigates accusations that the men are members of a hate group. On Wednesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) posted an article on its Hatewatch blog alleging that Lt. Josh Doggrell and Lt. Wayne Brown had ties to the League of the South. SPLC describes the League of the South (LOS) as a “neo-confederate” hate group that advocates for a Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.”
Aziza John, a spokeswoman for the city released the following statement:
“After being made aware of the Wednesday, June 17 article by the SPLC, the City of Anniston is taking the allegations made against Lt. Brown and Lt. Doggrell very seriously and have placed both officers on administrative leave. Lt. Brown and Lt. Doggrell do not speak for the City of Anniston nor the Anniston Police Department. The City of Anniston has commenced an investigation into this matter and will work diligently to ensure the appropriate action is taken.”
In a non-descript suit-and-tie, he spoke about gun rights, county supremacy, the state of law enforcement in Alabama and his loyalty to the League.
“It’s wonderful to be around sanity,” the founder and chairman of the League’s John C. Calhoun chapter in a video of the event posted to YouTube.
It was a common speech for a League conference. But Doggrell wasn’t quite a common southern nationalist. He was a police officer, a lieutenant in the Anniston Police Department, and he wasn’t the only one. A second officer from his department, Lieutenant Wayne Brown, joined Doggrell at the convention, and they had come with good news –– good news for any self-respecting southern nationalist at least.
What was that good news? Doggrell told the audience, “The vast majority of men in uniform are aware that they’re southerners…And kith and kin comes before illegal national mandates.”
Hankes said that Doggrell “knows a little bit about kith and kin.” According to Hankes, the police officer “joined the LOS in 1995 after meeting its president Michael Hill at the University of Alabama while Doggrell was a student, serving as the secretary vice chairman and chairman of the school’s LOS chapter before founding his own chapter in 2009.”
Hankes elaborated on the subject of “kith and kin.” He noted that it was part of “an explicitly racist ideology called ‘kinism’ that Hill has long promoted through the LOS.”
The Kinist Institute, an organization that promotes kinism, has called for laws against racial intermarriage, an end to non-white immigration, expelling all “aliens” (“to include all Jews and Arabs”), and restricting the right to vote to white, landholding men over the age of 21. In the past, LOS websites have referred to kinism as “a biblical solution for all races” that will save the South by preventing “white genocide.”
William Thornton (AL.com):
In the SPLC post and video, Doggrell is quoted as saying that, during a department interview in which he mentioned his ties to the group, he told officials, “I’m not going to sell out my position with the League, as something I believe in strongly. If it came down to it, I’d choose the League.”
According to Doggrell, the chief responded, “We pretty much think like you do.” It was not clear from the statement when this encounter occurred, or who the police chief would have been.
Anniston, Alabama police dept. has two hate group members on the force
Anniston Police Department Has Two Hate Group Members on the Force (Hatewatch/SPLC)