A Florida sheriff’s sergeant who wore a QAnon conspiracy theory patch on his uniform while greeting Vice President Mike Pence last week has been reprimanded and removed from special assignments for “conduct unbecoming an employee.”
Pence’s office posted pictures of the vice president greeting a SWAT team Friday during his visit to Florida, but quickly deleted a picture when they were made aware a deputy was wearing the baseless conspiracy theory patch.
The Vice President’s Office had asked the Broward County Sheriff’s SWAT Team to take a picture with the vice president as he was leaving Fort Lauderdale International Airport. According to a Broward County Sheriff’s Department memo obtained by BuzzFeed News, Sgt. Matt Patten intentionally put the patch on his uniform to pose for the picture with the vice president.
Patten was reprimanded for “conduct unbecoming an employee” and violating the department’s uniform code Monday.
Patten also wore a second patch with an ax and scythe, which is used by members of the department’s SWAT team, that he was also not authorized to wear on his uniform.
As a result, he was removed from two special assignments, including the department’s Strategic Investigations Division Office of Homeland Security and the department’s SWAT team, Veda Coleman-Wright, spokesperson for the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, told BuzzFeed News.