Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Law officers’ emails show past ties to paranoid, rebellion-bent Oath Keepers militia

Emails show at least three current or past county constables in the Fort Worth area have ties to the Oath Keepers, the revolution-minded, conspiracy-bent militia that called for “bloody civil war” before a unit took part in the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol:

▪ In 2009, when the Oath Keepers were new but already calling for insurrection, Hood County Constable Chad Jordan of Granbury circulated an email about the group to other agencies, including 20 Fort Worth police officers or Hood County Sheriff’s deputies.

Jordan’s comment: “All should join.”

▪ Current Hood County Constable John Shirley of Pecan Plantation, a 12-year national Oath Keepers officer, has attracted local and national news coverage as the group’s chief law enforcement recruiter, showing Hood County’s warped turn toward paranoia and the QAnon fantasy and against civil authority.

▪ In February 2013, two months after the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, then-Tarrant County Constable Clint Burgess of Mansfield addressed an Oath Keepers DFW rally in Arlington, according to an email event announcement.

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Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram