Published documents showed that the 65-year-old lawyer made payments for membership dues to the National Alliance in the early 2000s and to attend a Holocaust-denial conference
Glen Keith Allen was hired to defend the Baltimore Police Department against a suit by Sabein Burgess, who was wrongly imprisoned for 19 years before he was released after the person who committed the crime confessed. He was a long-time member of the National Alliance for years, but he claims that he has kept his distance from the group since the 1980s.
Allen said he was coerced into joining the group owing to the fact that, “I was in the U.S. Army from 1978 to 1982 and I had some pretty awful experiences with black people there, to be honest.” He also said that his legal work isn’t influenced by his “crazy ideas.”
The lawyer claims not to remember paying any dues to the group in the early 2000s and he was not a member at that time. He also said, “I have an unblemished record in 30 years of practicing law… I have the highest ethical standards and zealous representation of my client and that’s what I’ve been doing for the City.”
When Allen was quizzed if he is a white supremacist, he replied, “I do not think that supremacist is a proper characterization for people who take a degree of pride in their own separate histories.”
The hiring of a person with such history and beliefs by the Baltimore Police Department is worrying, to say the least, as this city has been trying to overcome racial tensions that reached new heights after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in 2015.
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