- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

An unnamed Maryland police officer is suspended from duty pending review after a woman complained about an Oath Keepers cap on display in the rear window of the officer’s county police cruiser.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department was alerted by a Crownsville woman who saw the vehicle in the parking lot of a Whole Foods grocery store on Monday, the Annapolis Capital reported Tuesday.

A county police spokesman declined to give the officer’s name, but said the officer was a 9-year veteran of the force, the Capital reported.

The officer’s display of the hat could be a violation of department policy forbidding officers expressing political views on duty, the Capital reported, noting that the county police chief insisted in a telephone interview violations of the policy will not be tolerated.

The organization — founded by former Ron Paul legislative aide Stewart Rhodes — has been denounced by hate-group watchdogs such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, the Capital reported.

For its part, however, the Oath Keepers consider themselves nonpartisan and espouse a libertarian understanding of the Constitution and how public servants answer to it.

On their “About us” page, Oath Keepers says it aims to educate former military members about what they see as their never-expiring duty to fulfill the constitutional oath their took when in the armed forces to uphold the Constitution.

Members signing on with the group affirm a ten-point pledge to disobey orders which would infringe on Americans’ constitutional liberties.

“That oath, mandated by Article VI of the Constitution itself, is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and Oath Keepers declare that they will not obey unconstitutional orders, such as orders to disarm the American people, to conduct warrantless searches, or to detain Americans as ‘enemy combatants’ in violation of their ancient right to jury trial,” reads a portion of the “about us” statement.

• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

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