A sheriff’s deputy in Virginia was fired over social media posts on the website Parler that authorities have called “disturbing.”
The sheriff’s office in Prince William County announced the firing on Saturday after the deputy, Aaron Hoffman, allegedly made a series of posts on the site.
“I find them very despicable, and that’s why I took the action that I took,” Prince William Sheriff Glendell Hill told The Washington Post about the comments.
“I certainly don’t approve of that, and, of course, it’s against our policy.”
A statement from the sheriff’s office said they were notified about the “disturbing comments” on Friday.
One of the posts made on Hoffman’s account advocated violence against Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for allowing the dismissal of a case seeking to overturn presidential election results.
In another post about vaccinations, the deputy allegedly threatened violence once again.
“I will kill anyone that touches my children without my consent,” the post read. “Not a threat, but a promise.”
Hoffman claimed he did not make the comments and deactivated his account.
“I did not make those posts,” Hoffman told the paper. “I’m trying to figure out who did.”
Hoffman said he is not a threat to the public and was disturbed by the posts as well. He added that he was contacting an attorney about the situation.
With Post Wires