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Picture Illustration by The Each day Beast/handoutA Cherokee County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Workplace spokesperson got here underneath fireplace Wednesday afternoon for pinning the lethal Tuesday capturing rampage that left eight lifeless—together with six Asian girls—on a 21-year-old white man’s “actually dangerous day.”“Yesterday was a extremely dangerous day for him and that is what he did,” Jay Baker stated throughout the joint information convention with the Atlanta Police Division about 21-year-old Robert Aaron Lengthy.However it appears the identical spokesperson shared racist content material on-line, together with pointing the finger at China for the continued coronavirus pandemic—the identical vitriol advocates say has fueled a horrific surge in violence towards Asian People.In a Fb web page related to Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Workplace, a number of pictures present the legislation enforcer was selling T-shirts with the slogan “COVID-19 imported virus from CHY-NA.” “Place your order whereas they final,” Baker wrote with a smiley face on a March 30 picture that included the racist T-shirts.“Love my shirt,” Baker wrote in one other put up in April 2020. “Get yours whereas they final.’” The shirts seem like printed by Deadline Attraction, owned by a former deputy sheriff from Cherokee County, and offered for $22. The shop, which promotes absolutely customizable gear, additionally seems to print shirts for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Workplace Honor Guard, a “ceremonial unit, all volunteers, who characterize not solely the Sheriff’s Workplace but in addition the county when collaborating in a wide range of occasions,” in accordance with a March 10 Instagram put up. The pictures on Baker’s account had been first noticed by a Twitter consumer.Hey Captain Jay Baker with Cherokee Nation Sheriff’s Workplace… this you? pic.twitter.com/1pTlwSlYZQ— Wealthy Phelps (@RichPhelps) March 17, 2021 A number of pictures on the Fb web page present Baker in his uniform and attending sheriff’s division features, together with one along with his title tag clearly seen. Baker didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon his private mobile phone and to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s workplace.When contacted by The Each day Beast, Sheriff Frank Reynolds, who seems to be associates with Baker on Fb, stated he was not conversant in the racist pictures. “I’m not conscious of that. I must contact him, however thanks for bringing that to my consideration,” Reynolds stated. Reynolds’ official sheriff’s division web page lists as a part of his prior expertise a 2005 to 2008 stint on the Division of State described totally in abbreviations: WPPS HTP, IC BWUSA. This would seem to face for Worldwide Private Protecting Providers, a contract the federal authorities granted the impartial contractor Blackwater USA. His marketing campaign web page alludes to work in Iraq with out naming his employer. However an obvious Reynolds supporter and fellow member of the division shared a picture on Fb of then-candidate’s safety clearance in order to dispel rumors that he had a legal file in 2016. The picture, naming Reynolds, confirmed a contract quantity similar to an indefinite association the State Division inked with Blackwater to offer safety guards and management providers in 2005. Blackwater grew to become notorious after its non-public guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007. There’s at current no proof linking Reynolds to that incident, and he didn’t instantly reply to a request for additional remark.The bloodbath at three Asian therapeutic massage parlors comes amid a surprising wave of anti-Asian violence in the USA. Authorities say Lengthy, the suspect within the grisly crimes, insisted he was not deliberately focusing on individuals of Asian descent. Nonetheless, police—together with Baker—stated the investigation was ongoing and the murders might nonetheless be categorized as a hate crime. Fb The truth that Lengthy allegedly focused Asian therapeutic massage parlors and killed a half-dozen Asian girls has spurred uproar on-line and amongst group leaders. Almost 3,800 incidents of anti-Asian hate had been reported between March 2020 and final month, in accordance with Cease AAPI Hate, a nationwide coalition documenting discrimination throughout the pandemic.Throughout a Wednesday information convention, Baker appeared to downplay Lengthy’s alleged actions, telling reporters the 21-year-old attributed the crimes to his “sexual habit” points. Baker stated Lengthy focused the spas to “take out that temptation.”Baker’s adopted brother, Anthony Baker, is a Georgia Superior Courtroom choose—and, in accordance with a profile revealed in January, was born in Vietnam to a girl there who had married an American soldier.— with reporting by Maxwell Tani, Noor Ibrahim, and Blake MontgomeryRead extra at The Each day Beast.Received a tip? Ship it to The Each day Beast hereGet our high tales in your inbox day-after-day. Join now!Each day Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the tales that matter to you. Be taught extra.