Photo shows Kentucky deputy in ‘I Am the Militia’ shirt on day of Capitol riot
Published 9:34 am Friday, January 15, 2021
In posts linked to his since-deleted Facebook page, embattled Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Farmer wore a sweatshirt with the words “I Am the Militia” and questioned whether rioters who sieged the U.S. Capitol were Donald Trump supporters.
These details were included in a fair amount of content released about Farmer’s attendance at the pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C., that turned into a mob siege of the U.S. Capitol Building last week — much of it released by Farmer himself.
Between an interview with Lexington television station LEX18 the day after the event and several Facebook posts by Farmer and friends, Farmer expressed both his excitement in the lead-up to the event and his disappointment in the violent turn it took.
Farmer, who is a detective, told The State Journal that his attorneys have advised him not to comment on the matter, or the internal investigation into his conduct that Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire announced Thursday. Farmer deleted his Facebook page last week.
Two days after a widely publicized letter from all five Franklin County public defenders critical of Farmer’s attendance at the Trump rally as well his police conduct, Quire reassigned Farmer to “non-law enforcement” administrative duties, but emphasized that he supported Farmer’s right to attend the protest given to him by the First Amendment.
“As for questions of Detective Farmer committing any crime during the event, he has stated his innocence and that is a presumption fundamental to the rule of law in our country,” Quire said in a written statement. “No evidence has been presented that indicates Detective Farmer committed any crime.”
A photo posted on Facebook by one of Farmer’s friends shows the detective wearing a sweatshirt that reads “I am the militia” on the day of the rally. The sweatshirt does not appear to be associated with any specific militia, and is distributed by pro-gun company Colion Noir under the brand “Pew-Pew Life.”