Broward Sheriff’s Office in South Florida demoted SWAT member Matt Patten after the officer wore a “Q” patch on his uniform while greeting Vice President Mike Pence at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport last Friday.
The VP posted a photo of the moment on his Twitter account, but later deleted it after the connection between the patch and Qanon was made.
View an image of the patch below, which is sold on Amazon:
Right Wing Watch reporter Jared Holt posted the following regarding the meeting:
Today, Mike Pence posted a photo on Twitter with a Flordia law enforcement officer wearing a QAnon patch for sale on Amazon pic.twitter.com/vnOkk1l5Ee
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) November 30, 2018
Captain Steven Robson of BSO released a statement addressing the issue and condemning the officer’s actions:
“The symbolism of the patch is very controversial as ‘Q’ is representative of a controversial conservative political conspiracy group identified as Qanon.
“Being a highly political entity with a narrow one-sided scope of positioning, public alignment and representation of such group is in contrast with the core values of political neutrality within the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
“This resulted in negative ramifications on a national platform as a controversy for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the county, S.W.A.T. team and Sgt. Patten.”
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