Georgia deputy said that beating Black man was ‘sweet stress relief,’ feds say
A sheriff’s deputy in Georgia bragged about beating a Black man as “sweet stress relief” to extremists, federal authorities say.
Following an FBI investigation, Cody Richard Griggers pleaded guilty to one count of possessing an unregistered firearm, prosecutors said Wednesday.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 6.
During a search of his home and deputy vehicle in November, authorities found 11 firearms, including a machine gun that was not issued to him and an unregistered short barrel shotgun.
Agents also found a group chat that Griggers had participated in which he bragged about making and acquiring illegal firearms, explosives and suppressors.
But Griggers also made statements “consistent with racially motivated violent extremism,” such as racial slurs and frequent positive references to the Holocaust, authorities said.
According to an updated complaint from November, Griggers described using excessive force on a suspect he said tried to steal a Glock magazine from a local gun store. He used a racial slur that describes Black children.
The text, dated Aug. 12, 2019, said, “Oh, got wrapped up in my AR and forgot to tell ya’ll that I beat the shit out of a n—– Saturday.”
He described the beating as “sweet stress relief.”
Wilkinson Sheriff Richard Chatman told The Macon Telegraph that the arrest in question never happened.
“That never happened,” Chatman, said. “We don’t even have a gun shop here.”
In another text dated Aug. 26, 2019, Griggers said he would charge Black people with felonies in order to keep them from voting during the 2020 elections.
“It’s a sign of beautiful things to come. Also, I’m going to charge them with whatever felonies I can to take away their ability to vote,” the text said.
Griggers was fired from the department last fall.
Chatman told the Telegraph that Griggers said he was “sorry all this happened, and that wasn’t really him.”
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