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1 Anniston police officer terminated, another retires after allegations of belonging to hate group

ANNISTON, Alabama -- Two Anniston Police Department officers accused of belonging to a hate group are no longer with the force after one was terminated by the city and the other submitted his retirement papers, ABC 33/40's Robert Richardson reports.Anniston Mayor Vaughn Stewart, Police Chief Shane Denham, City Manager Brian Johnson and three city councilors addressed the media Friday, revealing that Lt. Wayne Brown and Lt. Josh Doggrell are no longer employed with the police department. Both men were placed on administrative leave on Wednesday.Lt. Wayne Brown, officials said, decided to retire and submitted paperwork to do so this morning. Doggrell was terminated by Johnson.The shake-up in the police department comes on the heels of allegations made by the Southern Poverty Law Center claiming that the two former officers had ties to the League of the South, which describes itself as a "Southern nationalist" organization that strives for a "free and independent Southern republic." The SPLC, however, has alleged that it's a racially-motivated neo-Confederacy group.

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