A former sheriff’s deputy said he wanted to charge black people with felonies to prevent them from voting, court documents show.
Court documents reveal that Cody Griggers, a former Georgia sheriff’s deputy who has pled guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm, hoped to bring felony charges against Black Americans in order to disenfranchise them: “I’m going to charge them with whatever felonies I can to take away their ability to vote.” Griggers was fired from his position as a deputy after the FBI alerted his employer that he was the subject of an investigation. The Bureau had linked Griggers to an online group and would-be “militia” which discussed plans to purchase illegal weapons and “crush the liberal terrorists.”
Young adults will be the nation’s largest voting bloc in the upcoming election and the National Voter Education Week plans to equip them with the tools and information they need to cast a ballot this fall.
A voting initiative started by several Black athletes and artists combatting systemic and racist voter suppression. This initiative aims at educating, energizing, and protecting the Black community’s right to vote.