A sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana was terminated Thursday after photos showed his connection with far-right group Proud Boys, The Advocate reports.
The internal affairs division of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating Deputy Brian Green after the Sheriff’s Office received Facebook screenshots purportedly showing patrol deputy is a member of an organization that some have categorized as a hate group.
Green’s profile picture on his Facebook account has the words “The West is The Best” – a motto of the Proud Boys, whose members describe themselves as “western chauvinists.”
He also posted a video of himself being accepted into the group. “I’m Brian Green and I’m a proud western chauvinist who refuses to apologize for creating the modern world,” he said in the video, which has since been removed.
The Proud Boys is a group created in 2016 by VICE co-founder Gavin McInnes. The conservative, all-male group rejects the white nationalist or “alt-right” labels, but the group is often involved in political violence, including recently in Portland, Oregon.
In announcing Green’s firing, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Gerald Turlich said that the deputy is affiliated with an organization whose “values are contradictory to the values and the vision of the [sheriff’s office]” and that “law enforcement, in general, has an obligation to treat all people equally, fairly and impartially.”