By Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2020

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - The Johnson County Commission has agreed to rebuke one of its members for a Facebook post where he warned of impending anarchy and a “coming war.”

The Kansas City Star reports that the 4-3 vote to rebuke Commissioner Mike Brown was approved Thursday.

Brown, a Republican, wrote the post last weekend after two sheriff’s deputies were shot in California. He warned of a violent uprising and conflict with the left, then urged constituents to “buy a firearm and ammunition” and “learn how to safely use it to defend yourself and your property.”

Brown told the Star in an email that he was “only speaking out against violence and calling on other electeds, community leaders and citizens to do the same.”

In a 4-3 vote, Chairman Ed Eilert and commissioners Jim Allen, Janeé Hanzlick and Becky Fast approved a resolution saying the rest of the board does not approve of Brown’s comments. It states that the commission supports free speech and the right to bear arms, but also “advocates for all of Johnson County and should do so in a manner that promotes understanding and unity.”

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