The Division of Capitol Police announced Wednesday that former Sgt. Robert A. Stamm, accused of having “an affinity” for white supremacy symbols, “was separated from his employment with the division, effective immediately.”
Earlier this year, Antifascists of the Seven Hills, a leftist self-described militant group, posted Stamm’s name, links to social media accounts in his name and a description of his tattoos and interests they said had links to white supremacy. Stamm was placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 6, when the division began a review of a possible violation of division and state policies.
A release from the division Wednesday said that “because it is a personnel matter, the division will have no further comment regarding the review’s findings.”
Col. Anthony S. Pike, the Capitol Police chief, said in a statement, “What I can say is that this review was conducted with the dual aims of being not only fair but thorough. We have worked hard to become a fully accredited law enforcement agency, and we are committed to upholding the principles of fairness and professionalism.”
Pike said, “The Division of Capitol Police traces its heritage back more than four centuries, and we take employee conduct very seriously. We will continue to commit ourselves to providing law enforcement services to our community with the utmost professionalism.”
Local Antifa activists say Stamm, who was hired by the Capitol Police in 2004, caught their attention as he and other officers were monitoring protests earlier this year calling for the removal of Gov. Ralph Northam over a racist photo on his page in his 1984 medical school yearbook.
Activists said on the blog post that Stamm’s social media activity suggests he follows the Asatru Folk Assembly. The blog says Stamm is friends with people who claim to be associated with the group, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a hate group blending Northern European paganism and ethnocentrism.