A Twitter user brought recruit officer Joseph Zacharek to the attention of Lafayette Police Department late Friday, identifying him as having participated in the now defunct forum “Iron March” in 2016, according to a news release from the department.
The user who flagged the activity describes themselves on Twitter as an anti-fascist who aims to “expose” fascists.
Lt. Matt Gard with the Lafayette Police Department told CNN that the department called Zacharek after being alerted to the forum activity and said that Zacharek admitted to making the posts.
“The investigation has determined that Zacharek did participate in this online forum and that the information that was
An Indiana police officer who posted frequently on a now-defunct neo-Nazi forum has been fired after his online predilections were exposed.
Officer Joseph Zacharek, who joined the Lafayette Police Department in June, admitted to his supervisors that the posts on Iron March were his, the police department announced Saturday.
Zacharek’s ties to the site, which was taken down in 2017, never came up in a background check.
“I know the question everyone will have is, how does something like this get missed in a background investigation,” Police Chief Pat Flannelly told the Journal & Courier. “How is it possible and how do we prevent this from ever happening again? I’m not going to sugar-coat this. Ultimately, it’s my responsibility. We missed it.”
Zacharek was initially outed by a Twitter account called “Ghosts of Past,” which, according to its bio, is run by a “boring white Southern suburban housewife who likes
In a press release, Chief Patrick Flannelly said the Lafayette Police Department’s official Twitter account was tagged in a tweet on Friday night that contained information about Joseph Zacharek, a recruit officer. The tweet alleged that Zacharek participated in a an online neo-Nazi chat forum called “Iron March” four years ago.
“Our Internal Affairs Division opened an immediate investigation to determine if this report was credible,” Flannelly said. “The investigation has determined that Zacharek did participate in this online forum and that the