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Police trainers in Oath Keepers

Potential to influence, recruit alarms experts

- Tami Abdollah

A leaked list of people who signed up for the anti- government Oath Keepers group includes 65 who identified themselves as law enforcemen­t trainers, an illustrati­on of how extremist ideologies have proliferat­ed in police department­s across the USA.

The majority of the 65 trainers claimed to be military veterans, law enforcemen­t officers or both, according to a USA TODAY review of the list, which purportedl­y provides names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of almost 40,000 members.

“The police officers that are trainers are like the best of the best in their fields,” said Daryl Johnson, a former analyst at the Department of Homeland Security. “You have people who are in these positions of influence. ... The fact that they’re an Oath Keeper and a trainer would carry more weight for recruitmen­t purposes.”

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