Sheriff's Deputy Suspended for Taking Down Nazi Flag on White Supremacist Property

Protesters gesture during a demonstration against Islamists by neo-Nazis and self-styled soccer hooligans in Hanover November 15, 2014. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

A sheriff’s deputy in Pennsylvania has been suspended and placed under investigation for allegedly removing a Nazi flag from the private property of a white supremacist.

McKean County Deputy Colin Meeker is accused of entering the property near Ulysses while he was uniformed and on-duty to take down down the flag, according to the Bradford Era.

Daniel Burnside, the Pennsylvania director of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, said that a neighbor spotted Meeker get out of his sheriff’s department car and enter Burnside’s property January 21. Meeker then allegedly climbed over a block safety wall on the side of the road, went about 15 feet into the property and took down a flag from a pole that had a Nazi swastika on it, along with a skull and crossbones and the insignia for the SS, Adolf Hitler’s paramilitary group.

Burnside said he called McKean County Sheriff Dan Woods and said he wouldn’t report the incident to state police if the deputy returned the flag and apologized. Meeker did so, but refused Burnside’s request for a videotaped apology. Burnside told the Era he felt the deputy “had no remorse for his actions” and was “very unprofessional,” so he called state police after all.

It is unclear how long Meeker will be suspended.

The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the 24-year-old National Socialist Movement as “ one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States,” which more than 60 chapters in at least 35 states. Members became notorious for attending protests dressed in full Nazi uniforms.

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