Cop Fired Over Alleged Death Threats Posted On Parler

The New York Daily News reports:

A Virginia sheriff’s deputy who allegedly called for a “violent revolutionary action” and said he was “ready to kill” anyone who tried to vaccinate his children or make him wear a mask has been fired.

Posts from the Parler account of Aaron Hoffman, a member of the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, included seeming death threats against Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and former president Barack Obama, according to screenshots posted online Saturday by freelance journalist Molly Conger.

He also allegedly instructed his followers to find the homes of their local public officials and representatives and “remove them from their sanctuary.”

The Washington Post reports:

The deputy, Aaron Hoffman, said in an interview with The Washington Post that he did not post those comments, saying the account he had recently opened on Parler, a social media website that has become a favorite among conservatives, was hacked.

“I did not make those posts,” Hoffman said. “I’m trying to figure out who did.” The announcement of the investigation and firing came shortly after a string of tweets on Friday showing screenshots of comments allegedly made by Hoffman on Parler.

He disavowed the hateful messages attributed to him and said he plans to consult with attorneys about his firing and the social media account.