Until this week, Daniel Morley was a school resource police officer in Virginia. He is also reportedly a member of the disgusting White Nationalist group Identity Evropa, adding to the list of public employees identified in a huge leak of more than 700,000 messages of the group’s chat logs.
The 31-year-old worked at L.C. Bird High School but also apparently holds a side gig as an organizer for Identity Evropa, a group which had a big part in organizing 2007’s Unite the Right hate-rally in Charlottesville. Morley helped the group, who are now trying to rebrand by calling themselves the “American Identity Movement,” with finding new recruits, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. What better place for him to work, then, than a high school, around impressionable teenagers.
Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffrey Katz has recommended that Morley be fired (pending a state-mandated disciplinary process), and he’s already been suspended from his job at the high school.
On Monday, Katz said, “We are concerned and committed to determining if there is any truth to these allegations. There is absolutely no place for intolerance or prejudicial behavior in public service, and we will not tolerate affiliations which even remotely lend themselves to predispositions of bias.”
Morley was reportedly first identified by Virginia anti-fascists who were poring over hundreds of thousands of group chat messages that were leaked by independent media organization Unicorn Riot.
In September, Morley wrote, “Good afternoon newcomers to IE! I’m the new pledge coordinator. My job is to help guide people through the process of applying to IE and becoming full members of this great organization. If you have any questions about what you need to do next, DM me and I’ll get back to you.”
Morley has posted on Identity Evropa’s private chat server under the user name “Danimal876” since at least 2017, according to the Daily Beast. He used the same name on a few other platforms, including Stormfront, a white supremacist forum, since 2006, when he was 19 years old.
In the Identity Evropa chats, Morley discussed ways to downplay appearances of racism while still promoting white nationalism. In October, he advised a fellow IE member, “A good strategy would be to steer the definition of ‘racism’ towards ‘racial hatred.’ We don’t hate other races, so we’re not racists. After all, the word isn’t going away. May as well control it.”
The Chesterfield County PD tweeted a short video of Morley in August 2018 when he began working for the school. In it, he says (sounding oddly like a really square Seth Rogen), “I want to ensure that the children of this county get to have the same safe childhood that I did growing up.”
Right. As long as those kids are white.