The Daily Beast reports:
A Cherokee County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office spokesperson came under fire Wednesday afternoon for pinning the deadly Tuesday shooting rampage that left eight dead—including six Asian women—on a 21-year-old white man’s “very bad day.”
“Yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did,” Jay Baker said during the joint news conference with the Atlanta Police Department about 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long.
But it seems the same spokesperson shared racist content online, including pointing the finger at China for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic—the same vitriol advocates say has fueled a horrific surge in violence against Asian Americans.
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EXCLUSIVE: Georgia Sheriff spokesman posted racist COVID shirts on Facebook https://t.co/KhhlDwxLpz
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 17, 2021
Hey Captain Jay Baker with Cherokee Country Sheriff’s Office… this you? pic.twitter.com/1pTlwSlYZQ
— Rich Phelps (@RichPhelps) March 17, 2021
In a disturbing press conference, captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said that suspect Robert Aaron Long “was pretty much fed up and at the end of his rope,” adding, “Yesterday was a really bad day for him, and this is what he did” https://t.co/aPSZJaKrOi
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) March 17, 2021
🚨BREAKING: Police Captain Jay Baker — who seemingly excused the white male mass shooter who murdered 6 Asian women as having “had a very bad day” — previously posted a picture of a racist t-shirt that said Coronavirus was imported from “CHY-NA.” #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/fKG48kv9VJ
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) March 17, 2021
🚨Looks like Captain Jay Baker fancies racist t-shirts.
Makes you wonder why he seemed sympathetic to the man who allegedly murdered 8 people, including 6 Asian women.🤔 pic.twitter.com/1HHn6hSXFG
— Christopher 🇺🇸 Proud Dem (@cwebbonline) March 17, 2021