CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Laramie Police Department says one of its officers previously associated with the Oath Keepers cut ties with the right-wing group when it was learned they were listed among its ranks, according to a department release Wednesday.
The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have classified the Oath Keepers as an extremist militia group. Dozens of members, including its founder, have been or are currently being tried by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the Jan 6., 2021, attempt to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election.
The department says the officer’s name was among a list of about 58,000 released by the Anti-Defamation League in February 2022.
This incident was investigated as a personnel matter according to a standard internal process, the release said.
“The officer’s membership occurred many years prior to the organization being classified as extremist and the officer was not active in the group. The officer directed the group to immediately cancel and revoke any membership attributed to him/her.”
All other actions are considered personnel matters and will not be released, the department said.
“The Laramie Police Department continues to remain dedicated to the citizens of Laramie, upholding the Constitutional Rights of all.”