CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield County Police Department has fired an officer who was under investigation for alleged affiliation with a white nationalist group.
Chesterfield County Police Chief Col. Jeffrey Katz confirmed Thursday that Daniel Morley, who also served as a school resource officer at L.C. Bird — had been fired from the department.
Students told 8News they’re shocked and never thought Morley would be part of a racist organization.
“I thought he loved every race,” one student said.
Students remain confused after hearing their previous school resource officer was fired.
“He was just really cool,” a student said. “He hung around like the African Americans a lot.”
The teens didn’t want to appear on camera but say Morley was nice to everyone and always had a smile on his face.
“I would never guess at all,” another student told 8News. “It really shocked me.
“Hearing about the situation is surprising.”
Morley had previously been placed on suspension pending an investigation after it surfaced that he may be affiliated with the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, better known as American Identity Movement.
“Policing in today’s polarized society is challenging. Successful policing requires relationships rooted in trust. While I will not get into specifics of this personnel matter, I want you to know that my decision to terminate Mr. Morley is predicated on the well-founded belief that his affiliation and online activities make it impossible for him to carry out his duties in a way that would contribute to the building of trust and the maintenance of legitimacy our police department shares with our supportive community. Our community deserves to know the men and women of their police department respect and revere them – whoever they may be. It is true that Mr. Morley has a First Amendment Right to free speech and association. However, the views espoused by and attributed to Mr. Morley violate county and departmental policy and our organizational values; his continued employment is antithetical to the expectations of our personnel and those we serve.”
One student said, “it’s for the best, but I kind of miss him,” adding “it’s a good thing to keep the school safe and the children safe at the school.”
Morley’s termination comes one day after a Capitol Police sergeant was fired for suspected affiliation with white nationalists.