Nordstrom Worker Fired for Personal Facebook Post
Aaron Hodges' post allegedly promoted the killing of white cops
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2014 11:00 AM CST
This May 9, 2013 file photo shows a Nordstrom sign at a shopping mall.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

(Newser) – Social media has sunk yet another user, this one a Nordstrom employee whose Facebook account reportedly featured both a photo of himself inside a downtown Portland Nordstrom location and an extreme post about killing white cops. KGW reports that Aaron Hodges' Facebook account is no longer live, but screenshots allegedly capture the following post, made on Friday: "Instead of slamming the police, I prefer a Kenny Fort approach. Every time an unarmed black man is killed, you kill a decorated white officer, on his door step in front of his family." His profile also featured a link to the retailer, which caught plenty of online flak for employing Hodges. Vocativ notes that on Sunday morning, Nordstrom's Facebook page was littered with comments from hundreds of concerned and angry people.

Vocativ called out this comment, from Rich Hansen, which reads in part: "As a decorated white law enforcement officer, now retired, I will not enter any Nordstrom store for fear I may be killed in front of my family by a Nordstrom employee." Nordstrom responded to Hansen, and has since released the following: "What our former employee chose to post from his personal account does not in any way reflect our views as a company. We do not tolerate violence, violent conversation or threats of any kind." Hodges tells WSMV that he just wanted to point out "the humanity of the other side," arguing a dead officer gets "21-gun salutes and vigils and black strips across the badge. What is Eric Garner getting?" But he accepts responsibility and says he has "the utmost respect" for his former employer.