Atlanta officer under fire for saying massage parlour shooter was having a ‘bad day’


A sheriff’s deputy is under fire for saying the main accused in the Atlanta spa shooting, in which eight people died, was having “a bad day,” even as one of his own old social media posts that hinted at racism resurfaced.

Captain Jay Baker, the sheriff’s deputy in Georgia, was briefing the media after a 21-year-old was booked on Wednesday for going on a rampage at three spas in the Atlanta area, killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent.

“He was pretty much fed up and kind of at the end of his rope,” Captain Baker from Cherokee County sheriff’s office said, talking about the accused on Wednesday. “Yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did,”

The deputy also said the suspect, Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Georgia, had “understood the gravity” of his actions when he was interviewed by investigators on Wednesday morning.

However, his remark of “bad day” infuriated many on social media where he was called out for bias. Some labelled it as an attempt to “humanise” the accused. The shooting incident comes amid the rising hate crimes against Asians in the US.


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