Clark County deputy fired for reportedly wearing 'Proud Boys' sweatshirt
The Clark County Sheriff's Office says it's fired Deputy Erin Willey following an internal investigation.
The investigation followed a report by our news partners at The Columbian, which showed a photo of Willey wearing a sweatshirt sporting a Proud boys logo.
The photo was given to The Columbian by an anonymous source.
In the photo, Willey is seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with images of a lipstick, a knife dripping blood and the letters "PBG," which reportedly stand for Proud Boys Girl.
The Proud Boys refer to themselves as a "pro-Western fraternal organization" for men who "refuse to apologize for creating the modern world." It was founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder and former commentator Gavin McInnes. Often viewed as a group promoting alt-right political ideals, McInnes denies that assumption.
The Proud Boys are known in the Portland area for staging protests in conjunction with and as members of the Patriot Prayer group. In the past, these protests have often resulted in violence after clashing with opposing antifascist organizations.
"Law enforcement officers are peacekeepers whose core mission is to protect and safeguard the community," said Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins regarding Willey's firing. "My expectation is that my employees do not engage in activities or associations that undermine or diminish our role as peacekeepers."
The Columbian reports that Willey is also shown in a second photograph shared on a Proud Boys-affiliated Twitter page, which includes her contact information for buying Proud Boys' Girls merchandies.