Long, who has been with the department since 2010, was placed on paid administrative leave Sept. 6 after an article published by the leftist group Atlanta Antifascists featured screenshots of him liking Facebook posts from 2016 and 2017 that promoted the KKK, AJC.com previously reported.
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“What we have proven is his Facebook page — it does appear it was hacked,” Callahan said. “We’ve deactivated it, and within a few minutes, we’ve seen it reactivate itself.”
He said they’ve messaged Facebook to attempt to find out why or what can be done about it, but they haven’t heard back yet.
This post by Stephen Owens, who was identified as a Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard by HuffPost, was among those Tommy Long’s Facebook account was accused of liking. (Photo: HuffPost)
Callahan also said they’ve run a racial analysis of the people Long arrested and have interviewed many people he arrested. He said that didn’t show a pattern of discrimination.
“There’s more evidence that indicates him not to be a racist,” Callahan said. “I could make a good argument that he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”
He said the allegation that one of his officers was racist or had ties to the KKK was a “first of its kind.”
Callahan added that the department received numerous calls and messages with allegations against Long since the Atlanta Antifascists’ article was published. HuffPost and AJC.com published articles the next day. None could be proven, Callahan said.
Because of the backlash, Callahan said the East Ellijay Police Department shut down its Facebook account.
East Ellijay is located in Gilmer County, about 80 miles north of downtown Atlanta.
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