Florida deputy demoted after being pictured wearing QAnon patch with Pence

The Florida SWAT team member who appeared in photos with Vice President Pence while wearing a patch promoting the “QAnon” conspiracy theory has been disciplined. 

The Miami New Times reported on Monday that Matt Patten, a member of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team, was reprimanded and demoted from the SWAT team and the county’s Office of Homeland Security. 

In its written reprimand, Broward County reportedly said that the QAnon conspiracy was “controversial” and that the picture of Patten with Pence had made the office appear “biased” politically. 

{mosads}”This resulted in negative ramifications on a national platform as a controversy for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the County, the SWAT team, and Sergeant Patten,” a copy of the reprimand said. “The controversy also caused the V.P.O.T.U.S. Office Website to delete the image.” 

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