MARSHALL, Ark. (AP) — The police chief of a small Arkansas community has resigned after posting online threats of violence targeting Democrats.
Marshall Mayor Kevin Elliott said in a statement Saturday that Police Chief Lang Holland had resigned effective immediately.
Elliott said the city “strongly condemns” Holland’s posts and doesn’t “in any way support or condone bullying or threats of violence to anyone of any political persuasion.”
Holland was among a number of police chiefs and sheriffs in Arkansas who said they wouldn’t support Hutchinson’s statewide face mask requirement aimed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Little Rock television station KATV‘s Viktoria Capek captured Holland’s posts on the social media app Parler and posted them on Twitter:
(2/n) These posts made Friday night quickly circulated social media.
Since made, another Parler account was made under “Lang Holland” claiming to be the real chief, stating the other account is fake and did not represent things he stood for as a “protector of all citizens” pic.twitter.com/IPdbrh68s4
— Viktoria Capek (@KATVViktoria) November 7, 2020