A classified FBI counterterrorism policy guide has revealed that white supremacists have infiltrated law enforcement agencies across the country.
The guide, obtained by The Intercept, states that “white supremacists and other domestic extremists” are a part of local, state and sheriff departments in the United States.
However, regardless of the evidence provided by the guide, law enforcement agencies still have not come up with a way to combat the hiring of people affiliated with such groups.
“No centralized recruitment process or set of national standards exists for the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, many of which have deep historical connections to racist ideologies,” The Intercept wrote. “As a result, state and local police as well as sheriff’s departments present ample opportunities for white supremacists and other right-wing extremists looking to expand their power base.”
This does not necessarily come as a surprise, considering publications have been reporting on this for some time.
Back in 2015 came news that a Louisiana police officer was fired after a picture of him giving a Nazi salute at a KKK rally was discovered.
That same year a police officer from North Carolina was fired after a picture of him at a KKK rally was discovered.
The Intercept article also briefly mentions how the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has played a part in empowering white supremacy groups.
“This election, for white supremacists, was a signal that ‘We’re on the right track,'” Pete Simi, a sociologist at Chapman University who has studied white supremacists in the U.S. military, said in the story. “I have never seen anything like it among white supremacists, where they express this feeling of triumph and jubilee. They are just elated about the idea that they feel like they have somebody in the White House who gets it.”