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 so as to forestall them from voting.
Through courtroom data, federal investigators prompt 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 criticism towards the previous Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Division deputy, an FBI agent highlighted messages allegedly written by Griggers that depicted hatred in the direction of Black individuals and the LGBT neighborhood, whereas additionally talking positively in regards to the holocaust.
Court docket data state Griggers got here on the FBI’s radar after brokers seized the telephone of a person below investigation in San Diego. The federal company alleged Griggers, the San Diego suspect and one other one that 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 power towards an individual of shade 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 stated it look [sic] like he fell,” Griggers added, in line with 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 stop them from voting.
“It’s an indication of lovely issues to return,” Griggers texted group members, in line with the FBI. “Additionally I’m going to cost them with no matter felonies I can to remove their capacity to vote.”
Grigger’s legal professional Keith Fitzgerald advised CNN his consumer “is just not 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.