A small town police chief in Oklahoma has resigned after he was linked to two neo-Nazi websites that sell white supremacist-themed media and memorabilia, something he denies having any involvement in.
Bart Alsbrook was elevated to interim police chief in Colbert, Oklahoma on Aug. 22. A couple days later, TV station KXII linked Alsbrook to the pair of neo-Nazi websites.
Using the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map as a jumping off point, reporter Rachel Knapp found records linking Alsbrook to ISD Records, which sells albums by a group called The Klansmen, and an album called “Hitler was Right.”
Alsbrook denied any involvement with the websites. He said a group of skinheads took his wallet at a heavy metal concert in the 1990s and subsequently stole his identity. But the SPLC named him as the coordinator of a skinhead group called Blood and Honour, the same phrase used on the banner of the ISD Records website. It also claimed he ran NS88 Videos, which had a website similar to ISD. Both websites were taken down shortly after Knapp called him to ask about it.
Neo-Nazi ties aside, Alsbrook was charged with attempted murder in the 1990s. He said he’d been misidentified and the charge was dropped.
On Saturday, in a series of text messages, Alsbrook told the Tulsa World the allegations had ruined his life and he planned to resign as interim chief and reserve officer.
“Someone has been using my name for years on the Internet in regards to racist topics. It’s not me, rather someone who has hijacked my name due to my combativeness and rejection to white power skinheads who were always coming to the heavy metal shows, starting fights and messing up our scene,” he said.
Jerry Harrell, a spokesperson for the town of Colbert said the town plans to keep Alsbrook, though it wasn’t clear in what capacity.
“From the research they did on him, he’s qualified, he’s CLEET certified,” Harrell said.