The interim police chief for a small Oklahoma town near the Texas border is resigning after a local broadcast TV station reported he had ties to two neo-Nazi websites.
Bart Alsbrook, who was a reserve officer before being named interim Colbert police chief Tuesday, denied the allegations, and said his name was linked to the websites through vindictive skinheads he’d met at heavy metal concerts.
He later said the allegations have ruined his life and that he plans to resign as interim chief and won’t continue as a reserve officer. Alsbrook responded to the Tulsa World by text messages Saturday.
“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.
The Tulsa World changed some of the text’s spelling and punctuation for clarity.
Alsbrook said neo-Nazis in Dallas have been using his name since the mid-90s.
“We hate each other,” he said. “They use my name in all sorts of things.”
KXII channel 12, based in Sherman, Texas, reported Alsbrook’s name was signed to ownership records for ISD Records and NS88 Videos after they began looking into hate groups in the area via the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map.
Both companies promote and sell neo-Nazi media and memorabilia, such as music by “The Klansmen,” confederate flags and Nazi patches.
The station reports both websites were taken offline hours after they asked Alsbrook about them.
The Tulsa World learned Alsbrook’s name was also used to attempt to register the trademark “Blood Honour” in 2005. The trademark was abandoned in 2006, according to online records.
The Southern Poverty Law Center listed Alsbrook as the Blood & Honour USA Texas coordinator and said he runs NS88 Videos.
The group describes Blood & Honour as a “shadowy international coalition of racist skinhead gangs.” Racist skinheads are described as a “particularly violent element” within the white supremacist movement.
When asked if he plans to seek legal action against the individuals purportedly using his name, Alsbrook said “wish I could.” He later added reports of his connections to the racist groups put his family in danger.
Colbert is about 13 miles south of Durant, just north of the Red River.