Solano sheriffs staff accused of supporting anti-government militia group – East Bay Times

Posted By on February 16, 2021

Independent news website Open Vallejo says a handful of Solano County Sheriffs Office employees, including one with a famous brother and another recently elected to the Vacaville City Council, have supported right-wing anti-government militia group the Three Percenters.

Sgt. Daniel Cully Pratt, brother of actor Chris Pratt, said that cant be further from the truth.

In response to the recent article implying that I am linked or affiliated with a militia group. I am not a member, associated, nor do I condone extremist, radical, or anti-government views, he said in a statement released Tuesday night. I do not support hate or racism towards anybody. I do not condone violent or seditious behavior.

Over the past 25 years I have served the country in the U.S. Army and my community as a law enforcement officer. As a veteran and public servant, I took an oath to protect the rights within the Constitution. I love and am proud to serve the Solano County community.

The picture taken in October 2016, linked to said article depicts symbols, at the time believed to be strictly in support of the 2nd Amendment and Pro-America not in any way extremist anti-government views. I am disheartened that a photo taken in 2016 is now being used to link my family name to a radical attack on the US Capitol in 2021 and disparage work that I have done in and for the community trying to bring people together.

Thank you to those that have reached out in support. I will continue the path to spread positivity and unity within my community. This is the only statement I will be making in regards to this misleading allegation.

The Open Vallejo investigation charges that Cully Pratt, through social media platforms and his side woodworking business, promoted extremist imagery. The probe also found that Pratt made a gun rack with such imagery for Sgt. Roy Stockton, who reportedly also sold items with similar symbols through his own side business.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Three Percenters falsely believe that just 3% of Americans fought against the British during the Revolutionary War and gained liberty for all. At least one Three Percenter was reportedly arrested in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Reached by Open Vallejo, Stockton, a new Vacaville city councilman, disavowed political violence.

I strongly condemn the violent and racist views of these extreme right, militia, and anti-government groups, Stockton said to the outfit. I believe that law enforcement officers and other public officials cannot keep their oaths to uphold the Constitution if they are associated with any extremist or anti-government groups.

Solano County Sheriff Tom Ferrara could not be reached for comment, though he released a press statement of his own.

I want to set the record straight about allegations that have been made against several of my employees. Last week, a local news organization ran a story that stated the employees were far-right extremists, said Ferrara in the statement. The reporter who wrote the story reviewed their personal social media accounts and highlighted social media posts that featured symbols representing the group called Three Percenters. The reporter then identified additional employees who were friends and made similar accusations.

I want to be clear the employees targeted in this article all serve thisagency and this community with passion and dedication. I am not aware of one instance where any of these employees acted in a manner that was portrayed in this article. When weinitially got inquiries about this story, I had personal conversations with the employees in question because itisimportant to me that thewomen and menwho workfor Solano County Sheriffs Office are people of character and uphold the high standards I have set for this Office.

The employees told me that their intention was to support the 2nd amendment and the U.S. Constitution. As we have seen with many other symbols, the Three Percenter logo has recently been linked to the rioters who broke into the U.S. Capitol. None of these employees were present for, nor do they support extremist organizations. Our office denounces any extremist organization. And if there is ever a time when a member of our office is displaying support to overthrow the government it will be dealt with swiftly.

This is a pivotal moment in our nations history and for law enforcement in general. There is distrust of our profession. It is deeply important to me as Sheriff and for our Office to collaborate with our community and listen to their concerns. We are continually evaluating our guidelines and practices. What has not and will not change is that I expect every member of this agency to treat every member of this community equally and with the utmost respect.

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