A spokesman for a Sheriff’s office of Georgia investigating a series of massage salon shootings, near Atlanta, was removed from Thursday after social networking positions were viral that showed him promoting a t-shirt with language Controversle about China and the Coronavirus.
The Communications Director of Cherokee County, Erika Neldner, announced in a statement that she would be handling media consultations related to the Research of the Cherokee County Sheriff Office at the murders on Tuesday.
The statement did not give details about the state of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. Jay Baker. It has been the goal of generalized criticisms for Facebook publications that promote t-shirts and also to say during a press conference on Wednesday that Robert Aaron’s suspected murder, 21, had “a really bad day” and “this It’s what he did. “
The discovery of Facebook’s publication came in the midst of the concerns of some American Asians that the authorities are not treating the murders, which led mainly asian women as a crimes of hatred.
The post Baker urged the friends of him to “place his order while they last” along with a photo of the shirt that he calls Covid-19 an “Imported Chy-Na virus”.
The publication was viral shortly after Baker drew criticism for both seeming to distanced the case of being a hate crime, but also telling reporters that a “bad day” had a lot of time.
“It was pretty fed and an end of the rope and yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did,” Baker said during a press conference after Long’s arrest.
Long has not been loaded with a hate crime, which has a very specific approach and requirements to be processed. The authorities must demonstrate that a crime was committed on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
As the criticism continued mounting, the Cherokee County Sheriff, Frank Reynolds published a statement on Thursday afternoon, defending Baker as he apologized for “any headache”, the baker’s words may have caused. The statement did not address Baker’s Facebook publications.
“As for his words to be taken or interpreted as insensitive or inappropriate, they were not a lack of respect for any of the victims, the seriousness of this tragedy or expressed empathy or sympathy for the suspect,” said Reynolds In the statement, and watching Baker’s observations released “a lot of debate and anger”.
He defended Baker’s work and pointed out that this case was “one of the most difficult in his 28 years in the application of the law.”
Hours later, it was eliminated from handling media consultations in the case.
US Asian activists said Baker’s comments and the Facebook publication undermines public confidence that researchers are adequately addressing Tuesday’s atrocity.
“To see that this post is disturbing and scandalous, he talks to the structural racism in which we face,” said Vincent Pan, Co-Executive Director of Chinese for affirmative action, an organization of civil rights that worked to address hate crimes. Anti-Asian. “Along with the comments coming out of the news conference, it does not give members of the community the confidence that our experiences and the pain and suffering we are feeling are being taken seriously, at least for this particular person “.
At least one prominent Democrat, representative instead of California, called to research that the research will be handled by the FBI due to all the controversy, saying that it would not “be confident in the Sheriff’s office of Cherokee to carry out a fair investigation That respected the Asian victims. ”
Baker’s adopted brother, Tony Baker, is a Vietnamese immigrant who was raised with him from an early age. Tony Baker serves as judge of the Superior Court in Cherokee County.
Judge Baker refused to comment on this story.
Six of the eight victims of Tuesday’s attacks were Asian descent, including two of the four victims who were killed in Cherokee County.
Baker did not respond to voice messages and an email requesting comments about Facebook publication. The Sheriff’s office also did not immediately respond to a message looking for comment.