Indiana officer fired after ties to neo-Nazi internet forum are revealed

A police recruit in Lafayette, Indiana, was fired after an anti-fascist flagged his apparent ties to a neo-Nazi internet forum, authorities said Saturday.

The recruit, Joseph Zacharek, is believed to have participated in a forum called “Iron March” four years ago, Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly said in a statement.

The department was alerted to Zacharek’s posts on Friday, when a self-described anti-fascist tagged its Twitter account with a link to messages from the forum that were posted on a site called “ironmarch exposed.”

The department opened an investigation and determined that the messages were accurate and credible, the statement said.

Joseph Zacharek. (Lafayette Police Department)
Joseph Zacharek. (Lafayette Police Department)

“Officer Zacharek’s comments were not in harmony with the spirit of cooperation and inclusion in the community that the Lafayette Police Department values,” Flannelly said.

Zacharek was hired by the department earlier this year and had “no exposure” to the public, Flannelly said. The

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Indiana cop fired over ties to neo-Nazi website

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

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