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 need to cost Black individuals with felonies with a view to forestall them from voting.
By way of court docket information, federal investigators prompt 28-year-old Cody Richard Griggers of Montrose was a White supremacist. He additionally pleaded responsible to a federal weapons cost.
In line with CNN, in an affidavit supporting the federal government’s felony criticism in opposition to the previous Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Division deputy, an FBI agent highlighted messages allegedly written by Griggers that depicted hatred in direction of Black individuals and the LGBT group, whereas additionally talking positively in regards to the holocaust.
Court docket information state Griggers got here on the FBI’s radar after brokers seized the cellphone of a person below investigation in San Diego. The federal company alleged Griggers, the San Diego suspect and one other one who hasn’t been recognized have 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 in opposition to an individual of colour who he suspected stole a firearm accent from an area gun retailer, writing, “I beat the s**t out of a [n-word] Saturday.”
“Sheriff’s dept stated it look [sic] like he fell,” Griggers added, based on the FBI, and stated the brutality incident was “candy stress reduction.”
The previous cop additionally mentioned his intentions to cost Black individuals with felonies to forestall them from voting.
“It’s an indication of gorgeous issues to return,” 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 lawyer Keith Fitzgerald instructed CNN his shopper “shouldn’t be 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 an alternative, federal prosecutors charged him with unlawfully possessing an unregistered short-barrel firearm they seized throughout a November 2020 court-authorized search of his residence.