A Nordstrom employee in Portland, Oregon, was reportedly fired from the company after he allegedly posted inflammatory comments online that advocated the murder of police officers.
According to reports, Aaron Hodges, a sales associate at Nordstrom, took to Facebook to express his views on the recent police shootings in America.
“Instead of slamming the police, I prefer a Kenny Fort approach,” Hodges commented. “Every time an unarmed black man is killed, you kill a decorated white officer, on his door step in front of his family.”
Hodges appears to be alluding to the recent killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice at the hands of police officers, and although he probably thought his comment was harmless, a screenshot of the remarks quickly made its way around the Internet, and after receiving complaints on their own Facebook and Twitter pages, Nordstrom has responded by firing Hodges.
“What our former employee chose to post from his personal account does not in any way reflect our views as a company,” Tara Darrow, a Nordstrom spokeswoman, said in a statement. “We do not tolerate violence, violent conversation or threats of any kind.”
Nordstrom also confirmed that Hodges was fired in a tweet from their official page that read, in part, “he is no longer one of our employees.”
Reports say that Hodges has since closed down his social media accounts following the remarks and subsequent firing.