A former Georgia sheriff’s deputy is accused of labeling the beating of a Black man in Custody “candy stress aid.” He additionally allegedly expressed a want to cost Black folks with felonies with a view to forestall them from voting.
By way of courtroom data, federal investigators instructed 28-year-old Cody Richard Griggers of Montrose was a White supremacist. He additionally pleaded responsible to a federal weapons cost.
In keeping with CNN, in an affidavit supporting the federal government’s legal 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 the direction of Black folks 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 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 in opposition to 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, in response to the FBI, and mentioned the brutality incident was “candy stress aid.”
The previous cop additionally mentioned his intentions to cost Black folks with felonies to forestall them from voting.
“It’s an indication of lovely issues to come back,” Griggers texted group members, in response to the FBI. “Additionally I’m going to cost them with no matter felonies I can to remove their potential to vote.”
Grigger’s legal professional Keith Fitzgerald instructed CNN his shopper “just 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 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.