Hamilton County Sheriff deputy fired after posting alleged ‘Three-Percenter’ flag on social media

Hamilton County Sheriff deputy fired after posting alleged ‘Three-Percenter’ flag on social media
Hamilton County Justice Center (Source: FOX19 NOW/file)

CINCINNATI (Enquirer) - Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Deputy Michael Stemmerding has been fired, according to our media partners at the Enquirer.

The deputy had been suspended on paid leave after posting an image of an alleged “Three-Percenter” anti-government flag on his personal Facebook page, according to a Feb. 11 Enquirer article.

Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey said in a statement to The Enquirer that Stemmerding was terminated from his employment as a deputy sheriff.

“This is a result of an internal investigation that was initiated when the sheriff’s office became aware of violations of our office’s social media policy,” McGuffey said. “The sheriff’s office deputies are held to a high standard of transparency and accountability.”

The FBI has described Three-Percenters as “people who ascribe to extreme anti-government, pro-gun beliefs.”

The name stems from the “dubious” claim that only 3% of American colonists fought against the British during the War of Independence, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center website about anti-government movements.

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