The Orlando Sentinel (Florida) reports a police officer in Fruitland Park resigned last month after information connecting him to the Ku Klux Klan became public, leading to an internal investigation. James Elkins, who had been doing some after-work recruiting work for the KKK, also serves as the local “district Kleagle” of his National Aryan Knights chapter. Investigators released the below picture of Elkins, dressed in green hood and robe.
Not too far away, in Jacksonville (North Carolina), the Daily News reports a man named Kody Brittingham is in jail awaiting trial on armed robbery and breaking and entering charges stemming from his arrest last December. His arrest upset his employer–the United States Marines–who searched the young man’s barracks and found a journal which “contained plans on how to kill the president, as well as white supremacist material.” The Secret Serivce is now, apparently, investigating him as a “credible threat.”
The issue of violence-promoting, white supremacists infiltrating law enforcement has a long tradition to it. The same groups have also initiated efforts to enter the military as well. A few years back, the Southern Poverty Law Center frightened more than a few government officials in their intelligence report “A Few Bad Men.” Despite the military’s “zero tolerance” policy for these racial organizations, the same hate groups encourage military participation in order to get free training for their members. (By the way, the Rumsfeld Defense Department dismissed the report back in 2006.)
These stories both entered my inbox via the SPLC’s blog, Hate Watch. It is a thorough and sad source, but one I rarely fail to miss.