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Former Georgia deputy boasted to extremist group about beating Black man in custody, FBI says

May 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A former Georgia sheriff's deputy who pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge also previously discussed assaulting a Black person and wanting to charge Black people with felonies in order to prevent them from voting, federal investigators allege in court records.

(CNN)A former Georgia sheriff's deputy who pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge also previously discussed assaulting a Black person and wanting to charge Black people with felonies in order to prevent them from voting, federal investigators allege in court records.

In an affidavit supporting the government's criminal complaint against Griggers — a former deputy with the Wilkinson County Sheriff's Department — an FBI agent highlighted a series of messages allegedly written by Griggers that depicted hatred towards African Americans and the LGBT community, while also speaking positively about the Nazi holocaust.

The FBI alleged that Griggers, the San Diego suspect and other unidentified individuals were part of a group-text self-described as "Shadow Moses. "

"Sheriff's dept said it look [sic] like he fell," Griggers added, according to the FBI, and said the beating was "sweet stress relief. "

According to the federal criminal complaint, Griggers also discussed his intentions to charge Black people with felonies in order to prevent them from voting.

"It's a sign of beautiful things to come," Griggers texted group members, according to the FBI, and wrote, "Also I'm going to charge them with whatever felonies I can to take away their ability to vote. "

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