Cherokee County Sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker has been called out for sharing a photo of an anti-China COVID shirt, reports Buzzfeed. Baker posted on Facebook in April of last year a photo of a shirt that said “Covid 19 IMPORTED VIRUS FROM CHY-NA” and captioned it “Love my shirt William Rownd! Get yours while they last.”
People combed through Baker’s history after he made an obtuse remark about alleged killer Robert Aaron Long.
“He was fed up, at the end of his rope … yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did,” Baker said about Long.
People thought Baker was sympathizing with Long and downplaying the horrendous crime.
21-year-old Robert Aaron Long is accused of killing eight people in a shooting rampage across three spas in Atlanta on Tuesday. He’s currently facing four counts of murder and an aggravated assault charge with more charges possible, reports CNN. Six of the victims were Asian females, with the other two an Asian male and a white male.
A Change.org Petition was started to call for Jay Baker to resign.
“Jay Baker swore an oath to protect the people of Cherokee county, however his racist bias has put Asian members of his community at risk,” the petition said. “He needs to resign.”