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Salute photo

This photo, released by West Virginia state officials earlier this month, depicts more than 30 correctional officers giving the Nazi salute. The photo was released by the state with faces blurred, and state officials have refused to release an unblurred photo.

Cadets of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation Basic Training Class No. 18 performed Nazi salutes as part of their training dating back to the early weeks of boot camp, state investigators have found.

The probe began after a photo emerged earlier this month of nearly the entire class of correctional officers raising the hand salute, a mirror of the gesture used to pay homage to Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler before and during World War II.

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