San Diego County featured a photo of a man wearing a T-shirt referencing a notorious White supremacist motorcycle gang on its news website for two years before deleting it Wednesday after a Union-Tribune inquiry, a county spokesperson said.
The photo, which showed the man, two women and six children holding a string of fish, was featured on an event page advertising a 2019 fishing class.
A county spokesperson said the photo was from a 2016 fishing event in which the man participated.
“The image shows participant in a 2016 event, not county staff,” said Michael Workman, a county spokesperson, in an email. “We have removed the event listing and deleted the image file.”
The man in the image was identified by journalist and researcher Chad Loder on Twitter as Chad Alvarez, 46, of Lakeside. In the photo, Alvarez is wearing a T-shirt that says “Support Peckerwoods.” The Peckerwoods were founded in 2005 in East County, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Its members wear regalia affiliated with the neo-Nazi movement, such as iron crosses and SS bolts — the emblem of the SS in Nazi Germany.
Alvarez did not respond to messages left by the U-T at a phone number and email addresses associated with him.