A former Georgia sheriff's deputy is charged with calling beating a black man in custody a "sweet stress reliever". He also reportedly expressed a desire to indict black people with crimes in order to prevent them from voting.
According to court records, federal investigators suggested that Montrose-year-old Cody Richard Griggers was a white supremacist. He also pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge.
According to CNN, in an affidavit supporting the government's criminal complaint against the former Wilkinson County's deputy Sheriff's Department, an FBI agent highlighted news allegedly written by Griggers and hatred against blacks and the LGBT community while speaking positively about the Holocaust.
Court records say Griggers appeared on the FBI's radar after agents seized the phone of a man who was being investigated in San Diego. Federal officials alleged that Griggers, the San Diego suspect, and another person who had not been identified were part of group text expressing anti-government views and hatred of minorities.
In August 2019, the FBI said Griggers had sent text describing an incident in which he used excessive force against a black person who he suspected was stealing a firearm accessory from a local gun store [ n-word] Saturday. "
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"The sheriff's department said it looked like he fell," added Griggers, according to the FBI, saying the brutality incident was "a cute stress reliever."
The former policeman also discussed his intentions to charge black people with crimes in order to prevent them from voting.
"It's a sign of beautiful things to come," Griggers wrote, according to FBI group members. "I will also charge them with all the crimes I can to deprive them of the right to choose."
Grigger's attorney Keith Fitzgerald told CNN that his client was "not a fanatic or a racist" and the "inflammatory allegations were just that – allegations".
Despite his supposedly racist language in the group texts, Griggers was not accused of violating civil rights. Instead, he was accused by the federal prosecutor's office of illegally possessing an unregistered short-barreled weapon that they had confiscated during a search of his residence approved by the court in November 2020.