Florida SWAT Sergeant Punished for Wearing QAnon Patch in Photo With Mike Pence

Florida SWAT Sergeant Punished for Wearing QAnon Patch in Photo With Mike Pence

A Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT sergeant was reprimanded and reassigned for wearing a QAnon patch on his uniform in a photo with Vice President Mike Pence last week, The Miami Herald reports.

Sgt. Matthew Patten, a 27-year veteran on the force, received a written reprimand and will be reassigned, the sheriff’s office announced Monday.

Patten was determined to have violated the uniform code and displayed “conduct unbecoming an employee.”

Patten was reassigned from the SWAT Team and the sheriff’s office Strategic Investigations Division’s Office of Homeland Security to the Department of Law Enforcement.

Patten was wearing a “Q” patch with the phrase “Question the Narrative,” referring to a baseless and willfully ignorant conspiracy theory alleging that President Trump is taking down a child sex ring involving many top Democrats.

“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,” Capt. Steven Robson said in a letter. “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.”

The QAnon conspiracy is mind-numbingly stupid:

“Simply put: QAnon is painfully stupid. The theory is based around an anonymous 4Chan user who claims to have top-level government security clearances,” the Miami New Times explained. “The poster has never provided evidence to prove this. There is instead evidence that the ‘QAnon’ 4Chan account has been used by multiple people. The QAnon account posts rambling, nonsensical, near-free-association-style posts, which users then cherry-pick in order to prove their individual points.

“There's also a fairly plausible theory that the entire QAnon conspiracy is a Leftist/Antifa-generated con designed to fool gullible people online. One of the QAnon community's major slogans, ‘Where we go one, we go all,’ originated in the 1996 disaster action-film White Squall."

QAnon believers mocked with ‘Birds Aren’t Real’ conspiracy theory: The Daily Beast reports that a group of millennials are mocking people who fell for the ridiculous QAnon conspiracy by insisting that there is a greater conspiracy in play: birds aren’t real.