The Oath Keepers is a gang of armed anti-government extremists who participated in the violent Presidential coup attempt on January 6, 2021.
A recent hack of The Oath Keepers website has revealed the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of its 40,000 members, including many law enforcement officers.
USA Today reached out to dozens of officers on the list to find out why they joined the seditionist gang:
Most didn't respond; nearly everyone who did said they were no longer members. One retired Marine and correctional officer said he still supports the group.
In 20 cases, law enforcement agencies or the men themselves confirmed they were still employed there. Among the officers identified on the membership list are:
- An officer at the Louisville Metro Police Department who was involved in an officer-involved shooting in 2018.
- A former U.S. Army member who joined the New York Police Department and a former U.S. Army captain who joined the Chicago Police Department. Both are still police officers there.
- An 80-year-old, part-time officer at the Ashley County Sheriff's Office in Arkansas.
- A corrections officer in Riverside, California.