The former Colbert Police Chief who resigned last year after his past involvement with neo-Nazi and skinhead groups came to light has returned to law enforcement. Officials with the city of Achille, Oklahoma, confirmed Thursday that the city has hired Bart Alsbrook as a reserve officer for its police department, just one year after his departure from the neighboring police department.
“We don't consider something from 20 years ago,” Achille City Clerk Laura Stanley said in a phone interview Thursday.
Stanley said the city chose to hire Alsbrook due to his long-standing service, noting that he has had a clean record as a peace officer, and the city has had no complaints regarding his service.
Calls to Alsbrook for comment Thursday were not immediately returned.
Alsbrook's background was raised mere weeks after his appointment as the chief of police in Colbert when questions arose about his connection to two websites that sell neo-Nazi paraphernalia and hate music.
In mid-2017, attention was drawn to a listing on the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hate Map — a listing of active hate groups and similar organizations across the country. ISD Records — one of the two websites — was added as a listed hate group by the organization in 2005, with the organization listed as being located in Denison.
KXII tied the two websites to Alsbrook, a Denison resident who had recently been appointed as the chief of police for the city of Colbert, through certificates of ownership for ISD Records. While Alsbrook initially denied involvement and blamed skinheads who had been stealing his identity since the 1990s, the websites went offline within hours of questions being raised.
Days after denying his involvement in the websites, the Herald Democrat reported on the existence of a pair of documentaries from the mid-2000s entitled “White Terror” and “Skinhead Attitude.” In the two documentaries, Alsbrook, identified only as “Bart,” spoke regarding his involvement with the skinhead and neo-Nazi movements. Specifically, the documentaries discuss his involvement with neo-Nazi music promotion network Blood & Honour — of which the SPLC lists Alsbrook as a Texas coordinator — and sister group Combat 18.
“We have a saying that C18 is basically the militant wing of Blood & Honour,” Alsbrook said in one of the documentaries. “The C, of course, stands for combat. The number 18 is the first letter of the alphabet — one being A and the eighth letter being H. AH, which stands for Adolf Hitler. So when you draw it out, it is Combat Adolf Hitler, which represents a fighting force, combat in the name of national socialism and Adolf Hitler.”
Calls to the Bryan County District Attorney's office for comment on whether Alsbrook's background could impact any cases he is involved with were not immediately returned Thursday.
Achille Police Chief Christopher Watson told KXII, who first reported Alsbrook's new post, he knew about Alsbrook's past when he hired Alsbrook
“He was involved in some kind of group then, and wanted out and the only way he figured he could get out would be to move far away,” Watson told KXII.
Watson added that Alsbrook told him that he was trying to make amends for his past.
“Everyone has a past, some of which they may not be proud of, of which he is not. He wishes he never had those connections,” Watson said.
In a text message conversation in 2017 with the Herald Democrat, Alsbrook said he had given up that past some time around the turn of the century. Alsbrook went on to say that he did not feel his past would affect his ability to do the job of a law enforcement officer impartially.
“I can tell a thug when I see one and can usually tell when they lie,” Alsbrook said. “But (my past would have) absolutely no negative bearing.”