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Glen Keith Allen, the attorney in place to defend Baltimore Police Department officers in a misconduct case, has ties to a large neo-Nazi group. Allen explained that he joined the group because of some troubles he had with Black people in an earlier time in his life.

As reported by the New York Daily News, Allen says he joined the National Alliance after a stint in the U.S. Army in the late 1970s. Allen claims that “awful experiences” with Black people but that his ties to the group in no way have an effect on him doing his job.

As the Daily News notes, Allen’s hiring for the misconduct case and his backstory comes just as the city of Baltimore continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Freddie Gray case.

From the Daily News:

Allen does not appear to be involved in the Gray case, but is listed as an attorney for the Baltimore City Law Department in its defense against the 2015 lawsuit of Sabein Burgess, who served nearly two decades in prison and says police fabricated evidence.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and first reported on Allen’s affiliation, published documents showing that the 65-year-old lawyer paid membership dues to the National Alliance in the early 2000s and also paid to attend a Holocaust-denial conference.

The lawyer confirmed to The News late Wednesday that he was a member of the National Alliance in the mid-1980s when he was a student at University of Maryland School of Law, but was out of it by the end of the decade.

While Allen doesn’t flat out endorse the National Alliance and seemingly denied some proven connections while confirming others, he also didn’t distance himself squarely from the group’s nationalist angle. Allen claims that in three decades of practicing law that he’s never exhibited bias.

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