On Friday, 19 June, League of the South member Lt. Josh Doggrell was fired from his position with the Anniston (Alabama) Police Department. He had served that department honorably for nine years. Before that, he served with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department from 1997 to 2006.
Lt. Doggrell was fired because of his membership in The League of the South, about which the police department had known since 2006 when he was first hired. The Anniston city government had know about Lt. Doggrell’s League membership since at least 2009. The catalyst for Lt. Doggrell’s dismissal was a story released by the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, Alabama, earlier in the week. That story centered on Lt. Doggrell’s having spoken at the League’s national conference in 2013. In 2015, this was already “old news.” Nonetheless, we think that because of pressure from the NAACP and the political atmosphere in the wake of the Charleston, SC, church shooting, the city of Anniston panicked and fired Lt. Doggrell without giving the matter proper consideration. His conduct as a police officer certainly had nothing to do with his firing.
The League will be issuing an official statement on the matter next week. We are already assisting Lt. Doggrell in raising a legal defense fund. If you would like to contribute to that fund, contact The League office via email at <email@example.com> for details.