Georgia Sheriff's Office Spokesman Appeared To Promote Racist Shirt
A Facebook page appearing to belong to a Georgia sheriff’s office spokesman promoted a T-shirt with racist language about China and the coronavirus last year.
The Facebook account features numerous photos of Cherokee County sheriff’s office Capt. Jay Baker going back months. Baker's office is helping to investigate the recent massage parlor slayings that occurred in the Atlanta area.
The March 2020 Facebook post about the T-shirt said, “Get yours while they last."
The account was deleted Wednesday night. The discovery of the Facebook post comes amid concerns from some Asian Americans that authorities are not treating the killings as hate crimes.
The posts surfaced following comments Baker made following Tuesday night's deadly shootings that left eight people dead. In a joint press conference with the Atlanta Police Department, Baker spoke about the suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, in the incident.
“Yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did,” Baker said.
People are sounding off on social media following Baker's comments. There are now calls for his resignation from his position at the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
Baker has not responded to requests for comment.