Why Hasn’t Captain Jay Baker Been Fired for his Abhorrent ‘Bad Day’ Comments?
Deep-Seated Right Wing Ideology and Systemic Racism Underlying U.S. Policing at Root of Comments Made by Captain Baker and Sheriff Reynolds
New Orleans – The National Police Accountability Project and its 600 members nationwide demand Captain Jay Baker be terminated immediately for his comments that Robert Aaron Long, the 21-year-old charged with killing eight people in Atlanta, six of them of Asian descent, was ‘having a really bad day’.
“Captain Baker must be fired immediately. There is no room for ‘administrative leave’ for him if the Sheriff’s department is to save what little face it has today,” said Rachel Pickens, Executive Director, National Police Accountability Project. “We cannot chalk this up to the case of one bad apple, and must remember that this is the latest example in a long history of systemic racism that underlies law enforcement in the United States.”
On Thursday, Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds stated that Captain Baker’s comments were “taken or construed as insensitive or inappropriate” but that they “were not intended to disrespect any of the victims, the gravity of this tragedy, or express empathy or sympathy for the suspect.”
“With his comments today, Sheriff Reynolds has equally disrespected the victims of the families, minimized the gravity of this tragedy and has shown more empathy to Captain Baker than the communities that are grieving over this senseless attack,” continued Ms. Pickens.
“It is time for dismantling the current paradigm that law enforcement in America operates under. There is no more room for thoughts and prayers for victims and families. We must address the underlying white supremacist ideology in law enforcement that allows Captain Baker and Sheriff Reynolds to think their sentiments are not destructive to the communities they were sworn to protect,” concluded Ms. Pickens.