Ga. sheriff pushed out as spokesman over false media narrative he sympathized with alleged Atlanta gunman

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Thanks to the left’s smears and propaganda, Cherokee County Sheriffs Office Capt. Jay Baker is no longer the spokesperson for the Atlanta mass shooting case.

Baker is the former officer spokesperson who during a press conference last Wednesday announced the initial findings into the mass shooting at three Asian-owned massage parlors in Atlanta by a white suspect.

During the presser, he went into a little detail on how the suspect was feeling and why exactly he’d opened fire and killed so many people.

When I spoke to the investigators, they interviewed him this morning, and they got that impression, that, yes, he understood the gravity of it. And he was pretty much fed up and kind of at the end of his rope. And yesterday was a really bad day for him, and this is what he did,” Baker said.

Note the part about a “bad day.” While Baker was simply paraphrasing what the suspect had told investigators, a known left-wing propagandist by the name of Aaron Rupar deceptively cropped video footage of the presser to make it appear as if Baker had been speaking in his own words. But that wasn’t the truth.

“The full video makes clear that Baker was not providing his own commentary, but rather summarizing what Long had told the investigators. The ‘bad day’ line was proceeded by a clarification that this was Long’s own explanation, as related to the police. Baker did not endorse it,” according to Reason magazine.

Watch the full video footage below:

Nevertheless, Rupar’s clip quickly went viral among left-wing media figures and in turn spawned 1,000+ reports and columns all predicated on his deceptive cropping.

“The Atlanta shootings cannot be dismissed as someone having a ‘bad day,'” the headline for an op-ed by The Washington Post’s editorial board reads.

“Have we become so nonchalant about gun violence that we rack up the murder of eight people to someone having a ‘bad day?'” the board wrote.

As noted by Reason, “The article’s introduction contains no context, and incorrectly parrots Rupar’s bad framing.”

Numerous outlets followed suit with similar reports and columns slamming Baker for allegedly sympathizing with the suspect.

But it gets worse.

The media then dug into Baker’s social media accounts and found a a meme he’d posted last year that had mocked the media-crafted narrative that pinpointing the origin of the coronavirus perpetuates racism.

“Covid 19: Imported virus from Chy-na,” the meme read in emulation of former President Donald Trump’s speaking style.

Using both Rupar’s deceptive clip and the social media finding, the left then began crafting a false narrative about Baker being an anti-Asian racist/white supremacist who sympathized with the suspect because he too is a racist/white supremacist.

Look:

All this backlash eventually prompted the Cherokee County Sheriffs Office into first issuing an apology and then relieving Baker from his spokesperson duties.

“Comments made by Cherokee County Sheriffs Office Captain Jay Baker have become the subject of much debate and anger. In as much as his words were taken or construed as insensitive or inappropriate, they were not intended to disrespect any of the victims, the gravity of this tragedy, or express empathy or sympathy for the suspect,” Sheriff Frank Reynolds said in a statement Thursday.

“There are simply no words to describe the degree of human suffering experienced on Tuesday March 16, 2021 in our community and in Atlanta. Captain Baker had a difficult task before him, and this was one of the hardest in his twenty-eight years in law enforcement.”

He added, “On behalf of the dedicated women and men of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, we regret any heartache Captain Baker’s words may have caused.”

In a separate statement to local station WSB, the department confirmed that Baker has been removed as spokesperson.

Meanwhile, a Change.org petition demanding Baker be terminated was up to nearly 13,000 signatures as of Sunday afternoon.

If he were to be cancelled for doing nothing wrong, it would come as no shocker

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