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State Employee Fired For Posting Support for Kyle Rittenhouse

Baltimore, MD – Supporters of the Maryland state employee who was fired on Sunday for posting support for Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse on social media said they are fighting back because his termination was a First Amendment violation.

Up until Aug. 29, Arthur “Mac” Love IV was deputy director of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Office of Community Initiatives, The Washington Post reported.

The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives is responsible for coordinating community and volunteer service activities.

It also has oversight of the state’s ethnic and cultural commissions, The Washington Post reported.

A few days before he was terminated, Love shared a meme on Facebook that called the shooting of violent rioters in Kenosha by a 17 year old they were chasing a case of self-defense.

The meme showed four images captured from cell phone videos taken the third night of the Kenosha riots that showed Rittenhouse being chased by armed antifa, and shooting three protesters.

“In case you’re confused,” the meme read, “This is the definition of self-defense.”

“I’m grateful that conservatives are rallying behind this kid. He genuinely seems like a good person,” Love wrote on another post, according to The Washington Post.

He also posted another meme that showed a police officer giving two thumbs up that was captioned “Don’t be a thug if you can’t take a slug.”

Back in July, Love commented on the Portland riots, The Washington Post reported.

“So at what point in time does the local militia gather to defend the local police from these radical anarchists and terrorists?” he asked.

His Facebook page has since been made private, The Washington Post reported.

Love held a press conference with supporters on Monday and told reporters he didn’t know he had been fired til he heard about his termination from them, WBAL reported.

“I was informed by the media that I was fired on Saturday by multiple outlets … so I called the office and had a conversation and I was told I wasn’t fired, not to talk to the media,” Love explained. “So I didn’t. Then, the governor’s office, because I was reading it on the TV, told Channel 11 and all these other people and all this stuff and it’s not true.”

‘I wasn’t fired until 8:38 a.m. Sunday morning. Sunday,” he reiterated. “We should be responsible for our own actions, but within the government, there should be some consistency across agencies and departments. It shouldn’t be a question of if you’re a Republican, you get fired, and if you’re a Democrat, you keep a job – or vice versa.”

Love’s remarks referenced a social media scandal involving Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s Chief of Staff Len Foxwell, WJZ reported.

In April, at the height of the coronavirus panic nationwide, Foxwell wrote on Facebook that someone should “lure [Trump supporters] into a big, big warehouse… bar the door and then let Darwin work his magic” with the pandemic.

Foxwell apologized but did not resign despite calls for his termination, WJZ reported.

Longtime friend Gary Collins, who is acting as Love’s spokesman, told reporters that there couldn’t be a double standard with regard to state employees’ social media posts.

“It’s either both should go — Foxwell and Love — or neither,” Collins said.

Outraged Democrats demanded the governor’s office terminate Love immediately after news of his posts went public, and they got their wish, in contrast to what happened with Foxwell, WJZ reported.

“These divisive images and statements are inconsistent with the mission and core values of the Office of Community Initiatives,” Steve McAdams, Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, said in a statement. “Earlier today, I relieved this employee of his duties. Kevin Craft, administrative director of the Governor’s Commission on African Affairs, will assume these duties effective immediately.”

Collins said that Love is considering legal action for wrongful termination, WJZ reported.

“I just want my life back,” Love told reporters. “I’m an innocent American.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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