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Lawyer apologizes for offensive remarks after a correctional officer is killed

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MT. VERNON -- The accident that killed correctional officer Adam Conrad backed up traffic for about six hours. Many took to social media to get updates, but Mt. Vernon lawyer Micheal Curry took to Facebook in an angry rant. His violent and distasteful words sparked a protest.

"I'd like to apologize to each and every one of you, look you in the eye and say I'm very sorry for what I said and what I did," said Curry during a protest.

Apologetic words after the backlash of his Facebook post that went viral overnight. Wednesday, Curry got stuck in traffic for hours when he decided to express his anger online.

One post read:

"I was stuck in this for 4 1/2 hours. Who's at fault here? Only so I can hunt them down and kill them."

Curry got updates through the WSIL Facebook Page and expressed confusion about what happened, but continued to write.

"The one who caused the accident was killed and is rotting in hell."

"I have no words to describe that. Completely inappropriate," said Ina woman Cassie Sweetin.

Curry's post angered Sweetin and others who understood the terrible accident had killed Conrad and severely injured his passenger.

"After he knew that it was a C.O. he still said that. That's when I was like, this is unacceptable. I'm going to post it and let's see where it goes," said Sweetin. 

Sweetin decided to confront Conrad by arranging a protest asking for a public apology.

"I can not believe that somebody so respectable could say that, in his position," she added.

Curry returned to Facebook to express regret for his post, but Sweetin said she didn't buy it.

"I didn't think that was sincere. I think that he was just like, doing it because he was supposed too".

Curry eventually addressed over two dozen protesters outside his work.

"I like to think that I'm not a cruel person. Not a mean person, mean hearted. I just blew my stack and did something that I shouldn't have and that I regret doing," said Curry.

Curry apologized multiple times took questions from protesters and even apologized to Conrad's family.

"They definitely have my sincerest apologies. I would like to look them in the eye and tell them that."

Those are words Sweetin and the others hoped to hear. The protest ended with Curry being handed a blue rose and ribbon in honor of Conrad and his family and other law enforcement officers.

"I just want them to know that they do have people here that will stand behind them," said Mickayla Walker of Bluford.

"I have never met Adam Conrad but I definitely wish I could have," added Sweetin.

Curry also announced his resignation to the Bankruptcy Clinic. He said he didn't want the business to have a poor reflection because of his actions.

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