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Facebook page supporting Jamie Hood taken down

9:47 PM, Mar 28, 2011   |    comments
A Facebook fan page for accused cop killer Jamie Hood.
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ATLANTA -- The power of social media in the Jamie Hood case last week in Athens continues to reverberate across the community.

As a part of negotiations between Hood and authorities prior to Hood's televised surrender Friday night, Georgia Bureau of Investigation director Vernon Keenan had a message posted to Facebook, inviting Hood to turn himself in, and promising that no harm would come to the accused cop killer if he did so peacefully.

A person involved in the negotiations between Hood and authorities, former UGA football standout Bryant Gantt, initially got in touch with Hood via Facebook.

Now, a fan site in support of Hood has emerged on Facebook -- with strong to offensive language on both sides of the case.

As of Monday morning, more than 1,750 people were listed as fans of the page; though there were many posters who appear to have "LIKED" the page in order to post disparaging notes about Hood.

By Monday evening, the original fan page had been removed, but at least two others either purporting to support Hood or used to promote anti-African American sentiment in relation to Hood had surfaced on Facebook. At least two other Facebook groups encouraging Facebook's management to remove those pages had also come to light, one of them with more than 12,000 "LIKES."

The 33-year-old Athens man surrendered on live television Friday night, after an hours-long standoff. The drama ended a week-long manhunt for Hood, who authorities said shot two Athens-Clarke County police officers last Tuesday.

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