BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore terminated its contract with a lawyer Thursday after a published report said he supported Neo-Nazi groups.
Glen Keith Allen worked on complex litigation for the city’s law department, The Baltimore Sun reported. His contract was revoked after the Southern Poverty Law Center published a report saying he had been a dues-paying member of the National Alliance.
The National Alliance says on its website that its members are required to be white, not have a non-white spouse or dependent, and not be Jewish. LGBT people are not allowed to join. “We believe that our people must be united by the common goal of building a better race,” the website says.
The SPLC also said Allen bought a ticket to attend a Holocaust-denial conference.
Allen did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.
The New York Daily News on Wednesday quoted Allen as saying that he was drawn to the National Alliance after serving in the Army. “I had some pretty awful experiences with black people there,” he said.
Allen also said he had distanced himself from the group in the 1980s, and his “crazy ideas” did not affect his legal work.
Allen began contract work with Baltimore in February after retiring from a local firm, the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
The Justice Department released a highly critical report last week saying that Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, use excessive force and are not adequately disciplined for misconduct.