An east Alabama city says it's firing a police supervisor over ties to a neo-Confederate group that believes the South should leave the United States.

Anniston officials held a news conference Friday to announce the dismissal of Lt. Josh Doggrell and the retirement of Lt. Wayne Brown.

The move comes days after the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery published an article saying both men are members of the League of the South.

The organization advocates a second secession by states of the old Confederacy. While the League describes itself as a Southern nationalist organization, others call it a hate group.

An online video shows Doggrell speaking at a League event.

No one answered calls to a phone number listed for Doggrell. A phone number for Brown couldn't be located.