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Anniston places 2 police officers on leave, allegations of hate group membership
The Southern Poverty Law Center Wednesday posted on its Hatewatch blog an article alleging that Lt. Josh Doggrell and Lt. Wayne Brown had ties to the League of the South, an organization the SPLC termed as "neo-confederate."
The SPLC identifies the term as meaning groups that advocate "traditional gender roles, ... hostile towards democracy, strongly opposes homosexuality, and exhibits an understanding of race that favors segregation and suggests white supremacy."
In a statement this afternoon, the city announced the two were being placed on leave.
Aziza Jackson, a spokeswoman for the city, said she did not know if the two were on paid or unpaid administrative leave.
"After being made aware of the Wednesday, June 17 article by the SPLC, the City of Anniston is taking the allegations made against Lt. Brown and Lt. Doggrell very seriously and have placed both officers on administrative leave," the statement reads.
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