A screenshot of an Instagram post -- since deleted -- showed a list of Freddie Gray's arrests for narcotics-related offenses, with comment that Mr. Gray "was pretty busy before he was unjustly killed at the hands of Baltimore PD."
Mr. Gray suffered a fatal injury after his arrest April 19; riots in Baltimore followed.
Mike Jax's Instagram account and web page carry a statement reading "I'd like to apologize for my previous post. My intention was not to justify Freddie Gray's death. It was to highlight that his arrest record DOES NOT justify his death. I'm sorry I was not more clear."
A statement from General Manager Jamal Woodson was posted yesterday on the WAMO100 Facebook page. In part, it read "WAMO100 does not share the views or condone the comments expressed on a WAMO100 employees (sic)".
WAMO’s marketing director, Lisha Logan, said the station received angry calls, including some threats that “people would come up to the station to harm Mike Jax.”
As a result, she said, the suspension was also “for his safety as well as the people at the station.”