Nordstrom has fired a Portland, Ore., employee after the sales associate apparently posted a controversial statement using his personal Facebook page advocating the killing of police officers.
"What our former employee chose to post from his personal account does not in any way reflect our views as a company," said Tara Darrow, a Nordstrom corporate affairs spokeswoman. "We do not tolerate violence, violent conversation or threats of any kind."
Nordstrom sales associate Aaron Hodges has since taken down his Facebook and Twitter accounts, but a screen shot of his alleged comments has been circulating online. In response to recent police shootings, Hodges, who is black, suggested on Facebook:
"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," Hodges reportedly wrote.
Nordstrom used social media to respond to dozens of angry tweets and online posts about the controversy after The Blaze commentator John Cardillo, a former NYPD cop, tweeted an apparent picture of Hodges' Facebook page to Nordstrom's Twitter handle, WUSA 9 reports.