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E-Mail Threat Costs Police Officer His Job

October 05, 2001

A suburban Atlanta police officer lost his job after sending an e-mail advocating the killing of millions of Arabs and suggesting that the United States "eliminate the entire Arab world" if terrorism continues.

Days after the Sept. 11 attacks in which hijacked planes rammed into the World Trade Center towers in New York and a wing of the Pentagon near Washington, Ray Sanford, a police crime analyst in Griffin, made the comments on an e-mail discussion list he had created for law enforcement officers.

"I think 1,000 Arabs must die for each American killed," Sanford wrote.

The message also advocated starving the Afghan people to death.

Sanford, 58, was asked to resign from the force after subscribers to the e-mail list complained to Police Chief Armand Chapeau.

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