Capitol deputy

A screenshot from Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Farmer's since-deleted Facebook profile.

FRANKFORT (AP) — A Kentucky county sheriff has reassigned a deputy who attended a rally last week that preceded rioting at the U.S. Capitol.

Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire said the deputy, Det. Jeff Farmer, would be reassigned within the department, WLEX-TV reported.

Farmer told the news station that he did not riot or participate in any violence during the Wednesday events that included hundreds storming the U.S. Capitol. He said he and a friend attended a rally but did not go to the capitol and left when violence broke out. Farmer said violent rioters “deserve to go to jail for what they did.”

A group of local public defenders sent a letter to Quire last week complaining about Farmer's presence at the rally. They said it was “necessary to stand up and voice our serious concerns over the conduct of one of your deputies.”

Quire said in a statement Sunday that there was no evidence that Farmer committed any crime. Quire did not say what role Farmer would be reassigned to in the department.

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