School Resource Officer Identified As Recruiter For White Nationalist Group

A Virginia school resource officer has been outed as a recruiter for white nationalist group Identity Evropa.

Daniel Morley is a school resource officer at L.C. Bird High School in Virginia, tasked by the Chesterfield Police Department with looking after the safety of students.

He is also an organizer for Identity Evropa, according to HuffPost — a white nationalist group “noted for its part in the organizing of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017.”

Morley’s side gig with the group was discovered after independent media organization Unicorn Riot leaked hundreds of thousands of online messages.

Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffrey Katz has recommended that Morley be terminated pending a state-mandated disciplinary process, and the officer has been suspended from his position at the high school.

Katz said on Monday that the allegations are being investigated, adding, “There is absolutely no place for intolerance or prejudicial behavior in public service, and we will not tolerate affiliations which even remotely lend themselves to predispositions of bias.”

Morley reportedly used the handle “Danimal876” to post on Identity Evropa’s private message boards, with comments dating to at least 2017.

He used the same handle to post on Stormfront and other white supremacist platforms, HuffPost reported, where he expressed “racist views and engage with likeminded bigots as far back as 2009.”

Morley’s role with Identity Evropa appeared to be recruitment:

“Good afternoon newcomers to IE! I’m the new pledge coordinator,” he wrote in September, according to the Daily Beast. “My job is to help guide people through the process of applying to IE and becoming full members of this great organization. If you have any questions about what you need to do next, DM me and I’ll get back to you.”

The messages leaked by Unicorn Riot have resulted in the outing of numerous people as members of white nationalist groups, according to HuffPost.

The publication reported earlier this week that “two Marines, two Army ROTC cadets, an Army physician, a member of the Texas National Guard and one member of the Air Force” were all discovered to be members of Identity Evropa, working to help “the group recruit on campuses and in cities across the country.”

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