‘Simple. Shoot em,’ a Wayne County prosecutor said of Baltimore protesters

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Police line up at Baltimore protest. Victoria Macchi/VOA News, with permission.

Update: The assistant prosecutor has resigned. 

A white Wayne County assistant prosecutor suggested on social media that Baltimore protesters be shot, and her boss is standing behind her.

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“Solution. Simple. Shoot em. Period,” Assistant Prosecutor Teana Walsh posted on Facebook late Monday evening after watching protesters throw bricks at police on TV. “I don’t care what causes the protesters to turn violent.”

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Prosecutor Kym Worthy defended Walsh.

“APA Teana Walsh is known for her great work ethic and her compassion for victims of crime and their families. Her post was up on line briefly and she immediately took it down,” Worthy spokeswoman Maria Miller said in a statement. “The post was completely out of character for her and certainly does not reflect the person that we know.”

The protests in Baltimore broke out after the mysterious death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man in police custody.

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