When journalists and residents asked about the posts, Holland initially asserted they were fake, Kansas City Star reported. But the mayor of Marshall said that when he confronted the Netherlands on Saturday, the head apologized for the positions and then resigned.
“The City of Marshall condemns Mr. Holland’s actions in his social media posts,” Marshall Mayor Kevin Elliott said in a letter. “The Marshall community does not endorse or tolerate acts of bullying or threats of violence against anyone in any form of political persuasion! We condemn it! “
The incident came when violent rhetoric broke out on the right as Trump continued to attack the democratic system and refused to accept President-elect Joe Biden̵7;s victory. Former Trump chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, was banned on Twitter last week after calling for violence against Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist and FBI Director. Christopher A. Wray, while Donald Trump Jr. has called on his father to conduct “total war” to stay in power.
Holland served as sheriff in Marshall, a town north of Arkansas with about 1,300 people, for two years, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. After a career decorated as a deputy, including being shot while on duty, he was previously the “best sheriff I’ve ever seen” in Marshall, Elliott told newspaper.
In July, the Netherlands criticized Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) for issuing the masking order, insisting he would not enforce it and suggesting it would lead the United States to become a “home. Communist country failed, “KATV reported.
Movements against Democrats under the name Holland were posted to Parler on Friday, a day before many news organizations, including The Washington Post, declared Biden the winner of Pennsylvania and the presidency. The posts claimed that Trump was the victim of a coup.
“Don’t forget what this Marxist Democrat ——- tried to do. When you see someone in a public place, facing them doesn’t bring them peace, ”a deleted post shared on KATV’s Twitter.
It added, “Throw water at them at restaurants. Push them off the sidewalk. Never let them forget that they are traitors and have no right to live in this Republic after what they have been. do “.
Another deleted post included an edited image of former President Barack Obama, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) In an orange prison jumpsuit, Democrat-Gazette reported.
“I pray for all the people in that picture that hang on the gallows and be drawn and private !!!!” the post said. “Anything less is unacceptable.”
The posts quickly grabbed attention, with some tagging the local FBI office, KATV reported. Holland did not respond to messages left at the police station, but on Parler, a new account suddenly appeared in his name – one with a picture of LGBTQ support and congratulations to Biden.
“An associate showed me my FAKE profile here and I was horrified and disgusted,” posted the new profile, who claimed to be the real Holland. “I’m really inclined to most of the matter.”
But Elliott had called Holland to a meeting after seeing the violent posts himself, Democrat-Gazette reported, where he apologized and resigned on the spot.
“I don’t care who they are – Republicans, Democrats or anyone – My Police Department in Marshall City is here to protect and serve people,” Elliott told the newspaper.
Hutchinson also criticized the former director on Saturday, the Democratic Gazette reported, calling the positions “dangerous” and his removal as appropriate.