Capitol Police sergeant terminated amid suspected white supremacist ties

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) — UPDATE (April 17):

The Virginia Division of Capitol Police says a sergeant has been terminated after photos of him surfaced on social media accounts that could be linked to white supremacist or white nationalist groups.

Sgt. Robert A. Stamm said April 17 that the issue was a “personnel matter.”

Stamm was placed on administrative leave Feb. 6 after multiple Twitter accounts, including the Richmond sect of Antifa, began posting pictures of Stamm displaying tattoos and other insignia, which the group said is connected to white supremacist/nationalist groups.

“What I can say is that this review was conducted with the dual aims of being not only fair but thorough,” said Col. Anthony S. Pike, the Capitol Police chief. “We have worked hard to become a fully accredited law enforcement agency, and we are committed to upholding the principles of fairness and professionalism.”

A source close to Capitol Police told NBC12 in February that the investigation was surrounding pictures of Stamm.

“There is a review policy in place, and we will follow that policy,” said Pike said at the time.

On Wednesday, 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."

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ORIGINAL STORY (Feb. 6):

The Virginia Division of Capitol Police said Wednesday that a sergeant has been put on paid administrative leave after pictures surfaced on social media accounts that could be linked to white supremacy or nationalist groups.

A source close to Capitol Police tells WHSV's sister station in Richmond, NBC12, the investigation is surrounding these pictures of Sgt. Robert A. Stamm.

“There is a review policy in place, and we will follow that policy,” said Col. Anthony S. Pike, the Capitol Police chief.

Multiple Twitter accounts, including the Richmond sect of Antifa, began posting pictures of Stamm, displaying tattoos and other insignia, which the group says are connected to white supremacy/nationalist groups.

Those tweets began as protesters demanding the resignation of Governor Ralph Northam outside of the Governor's Mansion interacted with Capitol Police in recent days.

A picture from November 2018 posted by the Virginia Capitol Police shows Stamm getting promoted to sergeant within the Capitol Police.