Jasmine Turner and Caleb Stewart, WHSV-TV, March 18, 2019
Chesterfield Police Chief Col. Jeffrey Katz wrote in a statement, “I’m aware of alleged online activities of one of our officers & committed to determining if accurate. There’s absolutely NO PLACE for intolerant behavior in public service & we will not accept affiliations which even remotely lend themselves to predispositions of bias. Period.”
The officer has been accused of being involved with Identity Evropa, which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The group owes its style and ideology to the European identitarian movement.
It was founded in 2016 by Iraq war veteran Nathan Damigo, and has been conscious of its branding, with a heavy focus on distributing propaganda throughout college campuses in the U.S.
In fall of 2017, just months after the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, the group targeted James Madison University and Shenandoah University for propaganda flyers.
Though they have described themselves as an “identitarian organization,” they have directly stated their goal is to carry out a culture war to create a “90 percent white” America. Damigo, their founder, expressly forbade Jews from joining the group, and their application form asks for people of “non-Semitic heritage.”
The group was also one of the key organizers of the Charlottesville rally in August 2017 that ended with deadly violence.
They’re credited with popularizing the phrase “You will not replace us” among white supremacist and white nationalist organizations. It was a chant heard repeatedly in Charlottesville.
The organization has a simplistic and replicable logo, a teal triangle with three lines that join in the middle.