Boise Police Captain Matt Bringelson joined the white supremacy site

Retired Boise Police Capt. Matt Bryngelson, shown in the department photo at left, was scheduled to speak at the American Renaissance Conference this weekend under the pseudonym Daniel Vineyard.  American Renaissance is an online site that promotes the ideals of white supremacy.

Retired Boise Police Capt. Matt Bryngelson, shown in the department photo at left, was scheduled to speak at the American Renaissance Conference this weekend under the pseudonym Daniel Vineyard. American Renaissance is an online site that promotes the ideals of white supremacy.

A retired Boise police captain who was one of several officers to file charges against former Chief Ryan Lee was scheduled to speak at a conference this week hosted by an organization known for its white supremacy.

Matthew Bringelson, who retired in August after nearly 24 years with the Boise Police Department, appeared on the list of speakers at the American Renaissance Conference under the apparent alias of Daniel Vineyard. American Renaissance is a website and former print magazine that founder Jared Taylor describes as a “race realist.” Posts on the site focus on white supremacy and arguments that people of color are inherently less intelligent than whites and contribute to crime and other societal ills. The conference was held in person in Burns (Tennessee). local religious leaders condemned gathering

Blog posts authored by Bryngelson include him talking about his police career when he “became aware of the violent tendencies of black people.” Bryngelson did not return calls or text messages from Idaho State.

It comes nearly two months after Boise Mayor Lauren McLean asked Lee to resign in light of multiple complaints from officers and an investigation into Lee allegedly injuring a subordinate officer during a neck-and-neck show last year. Lee is Chinese-American.

Bringelson’s attendance at the conference sparked backlash online when Twitter user Molly Conger published a thread Saturday, featuring a list of speakers and other connections to the American Renaissance. The thread, which received more than 1,000 retweets and 4,000 likes, brought Bringelson’s involvement with the white supremacist group to the attention of the Idaho Statesman.

On the conference’s website, he is described as a “retired, racist police officer with 30 years of experience including gang enforcement, SWAT and narcotics detectives.” A photo of Bringelson, who appears to be wearing a Boise Police Department uniform, is on the website. According to a tweet her photo faded to black when the conference was first announced before her retirement.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean called Bringelson’s participation in the conference and contribution to American Renaissance “racist and inhumane propaganda.”

“The fact that someone like that can serve in the department for two decades is appalling,” McLean said. “The people of Boise deserve a police department worthy of their investment and trust, and we are launching a full investigation accordingly.”

McLean asked any Boise resident with concerns or information to contact him at 208-972-8520 or by email at [email protected] He also said that more information will be available in the next couple of days.

The Statesman confirmed Bringelson’s attendance at the conference from a government official who knows him and confirmed that he is Vinyard by watching a video in which he refers to himself as such.

Bringelson appeared on the Whites’ website before retiring

It appears that Bringelson was involved with American Renaissance before he retired from the Boise Police Department. In a video on the American Renaissance website, Bringelson is identified as Daniel Vineyard, a name shared by a neo-Nazi skinhead character in the 1998 film American History X.

In the hour-long video, which was released in September but dated May 8, Bringelson interviews Taylor. At the beginning of the video, Taylor talks about how unusual it is to talk to an “acting” or “on-duty” police officer.

Bringelson tells Taylor stories of his career and his dealings with blacks, describing them as criminals whose crimes “the common sense of man cannot even fathom … let alone commit.”

“That’s a tough one,” Taylor replies.

At one point, Bringelson uses a transphobic slur to describe someone.

Later, these people discuss the killings of black men by police officers, including Michael Brown and George Floyd, and say that if black men had obeyed the police, these killings would not have happened.

Bringelson laments that the public image of the police has made it difficult to recruit and retain officers. This is also the subject of his speech at the conference entitled “Police Disruption and What It Means for America”.

Two blog posts appear on the American Renaissance website under the alias Vinyard. The first, posted on June 14, 2021, describes the author as a sheriff’s deputy in Northeast, though in a subsequent post and video, Vineyard says he works in Northwest.

The original blog “Can a white police officer be the victim of microaggressions?” Microaggression is a term used to refer to everyday incidents of discrimination.

This post talks about two city council members who the author says disrespected a black lieutenant.

A second post, posted on July 31, 2021, details Vinyard’s “decision as a white police officer.” The experiences reflect Bringelson’s history with Taylor in the video.

The author describes her upbringing and career in Southern California 22 years ago before moving to a predominantly white town in the Northwest.

“I chose the location because it was predominantly white,” the author said, adding that the “vast majority” of the officers who were relocated “came to escape black violence and raise their children in an area where they see “diversity. ” will not face. ‘ in schools and violence in their neighborhoods. The Boise Police Department is 92.2% white, which mirrors the city, which is 88% white.

The author described blacks and other people of color as violent drug users with a penchant for crime. The author claimed that black police officers, including those at the Northwestern agency, were failures, superior to their white counterparts.

E-mail, tense news interview with Lee

Bringelson retired from the Boise Police Department in August saying he “physically couldn’t do it anymore.” According to KTVB, who originally published an article about the complaints against Lee.

“I’m saddened because I’ve been so dedicated to the city and the community and about 110 officers that I’ve been a captain,” Bringelson told KTVB. “But I couldn’t do it physically anymore. It was ruining my life. “

Between February and April, nine Boise police officers met with Office of Police Accountability Director Jesus Jara about the allegations against Lee.

The complaints alleged that Lee retaliated against officers, made derogatory comments about residents and provided “substandard training” to the department.

A Boise police officer alleged in a Feb. 4 email to human resources that Lee was “abusive and unprofessional” toward Bringelson, who also alleged that Lee called her “stupid” or “dumb.”

Emails detailing the allegations were released to the Statesman by a source after reporters were unable to obtain them through the city’s public records process. On September 15 and 23, the City Hall rejected Davlatsmen’s request for documents related to the charges.

Bringelson allegedly had a mental illness in September 2021 and was described by the employee as “manic” and in a “suicidal state.”

“It was clear to me that Captain Bringelson was going to kill himself if I didn’t put him in a mental state,” the employee said in an email to human resources in February.

The same email claimed that an officer overheard Lee calling Boise citizens “mean” and “racist.” The email also claims that Lee called Boise State University a “racist institution.”

It follows a lawsuit filed against the city by former Boise Internal Affairs Capt. Tom Fleming, who claims he was discriminated against and retaliated against by Lee.

“I’ll tell you clearly, I was not involved,” Fleming told the Statesman by phone about Bringelson on Sunday. He declined to comment further.

The Statesman expected to speak with Bringelson and Fleming in late September after the KTVB story was published, but they later declined to retain an attorney.

Bringelson was the host of Boise Police Weekly BPD Beat Podcast from January 14 to August 4. He interviewed other officers, civilians and community members on the podcast, with episodes ranging from Boise Police’s support of LGBTQ Pride events to the department’s outreach to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.

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