Hogan Administration Official Fired After Posts Show Support for Wisconsin Shooting Suspect

In this file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse is pictured during the third day of protests over the shooting of a black man Jacob Blake by police officer in Wisconsin, United States on August 25, 2020. Rittenhouse, the Illinois man accused of killing two people during the chaotic protests, was due Friday, May 21, 2020, to make his first in-person court appearance.
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A member of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has been fired after posts on his Facebook page appeared to show support for the teen suspected of killing two protesters and injuring a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Arthur Love IV was the deputy director for the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives.

He posted several photos and memes which appeared to support 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse was charged with homicide after police say he shot and killed two people who were protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

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

“These posts are obviously totally inappropriate. We fully support the immediate actions taken by Director McAdams to address this matter," said Shareese Churchill, spokesperson for Gov. Hogan.

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