A former Georgia sheriff’s deputy is accused of labeling the beating of a Black man in Custody “candy stress reduction.” He additionally allegedly expressed a want to cost Black folks with felonies with a purpose to forestall them from voting.
Through courtroom information, federal investigators urged 28-year-old Cody Richard Griggers of Montrose was a White supremacist. He additionally pleaded responsible to a federal weapons cost.
Based on CNN, in an affidavit supporting the federal government’s felony grievance towards the previous Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Division deputy, an FBI agent highlighted messages allegedly written by Griggers that depicted hatred in direction of Black folks and the LGBT neighborhood, whereas additionally talking positively concerning the holocaust.
Courtroom information state Griggers got here on the FBI’s radar after brokers seized the telephone of a person beneath investigation in San Diego. The federal company alleged Griggers, the San Diego suspect and one other one that hasn’t been recognized had been a part of a group-text that expressed anti-government views and hatred towards minorities.
In August 2019, the FBI claims Griggers despatched a textual content describing an incident throughout which he used extreme pressure towards an individual of colour who he suspected stole a firearm accent from a neighborhood gun retailer, writing, “I beat the s**t out of a [n-word] Saturday.”
“Sheriff’s dept mentioned it look [sic] like he fell,” Griggers added, based on the FBI, and mentioned the brutality incident was “candy stress reduction.”
The previous cop additionally mentioned his intentions to cost Black folks with felonies to stop them from voting.
“It’s an indication of lovely issues to come back,” Griggers texted group members, based on the FBI. “Additionally I’m going to cost them with no matter felonies I can to remove their capability to vote.”
Grigger’s legal professional Keith Fitzgerald advised CNN his shopper “isn’t a bigot or a racist” and that the “inflammatory allegations are merely that — allegations.”
Regardless of his alleged racist language within the group texts, Griggers has not been charged with any civil rights violations. As a substitute, federal prosecutors charged him with unlawfully possessing an unregistered short-barrel firearm they seized throughout a November 2020 court-authorized search of his residence.