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Sheriff overseeing the Joe McKnight murder investigation goes over NSFW hate mail in heated press conference rant YouTube Screenshot

After it took five days to arrest and charge Ronald Gasser with manslaughter for the road rage shooting of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight, the Jefferson Parish police department in Louisiana apparently received a lot of hate mail over their handling of the case.

In a Tuesday press conference, Sheriff Newell Normand fired back at the critics of his department and even read some of the more NSFW pieces of mail he received.

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“It’s not fair for him to be called, ‘You punk-ass Uncle Tom coon, we saw you sell out to them, you ratass faggot punk,’” That’s the tone of what we call our elected leaders for standing up and simply saying let justice prevail and let the process take its course.”

A clearly emotional Normand went on to reference more hate mail, including one that used the N-word, and went after people bent on harassing those who are just trying to do their jobs, before later trying to defend why he needed more time to make an official arrest.

If convicted of manslaughter, Gasser could spend up to 40 years in prison.

RELATED: Ex-NFL player is tragically killed after an apparent road-rage incident ended in gunshots

Richard Thompson is an associate editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @RThompson_91 

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