|Dirty cop fired out the cannon for posting racist shit.|
A cop is no longer on the force. He was fired out the cannon after he was revealed posting racially insensitive shit on social media, He also profiled Black motorists.
McIntosh County deputy Brant Gaither was fired out the cannon in July but the revelations came to light just this week. The officer had shared racist and sexist messages with another officer who resigned from the force this week. They sent this garbage to each other on Facebook.
The officers served on the department's special traffic unit that covers Interstate 95, the nation's longest north-south highway.
Some of the jokes were targeting "colored people", another joke included "Nigger" in it.
One shows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. under a meme. "I have a dream. That one day my people will act like animals." was seen on Gaither's social media.
When it came to traffic stops and Black motorists passing through McIntosh County, Gaither scoffed at Black motorists. "I hope we get a few niggers but fuck it if we don't."
Those who were pulled over Gaither and Jeremy Owens could sue the department and localities.
Their actions could cost the county greatly. For every case thrown out, the county might have to reimburse those affected by the actions of these two. The local solicitor notified him that some of the case involved the officers may be dismissed and he supports the decision. He said he treats everyone in the community fairly and has no knowledge of his department targeting black motorists.
County sheriff Stephen Jessup was none too thrilled about these emails. It got him so mad, he wanted to actually throw up.
"There better not be and me find out find out about it," Jessup said. "I wouldn't tolerate it. If I found out about it I would fire them and prosecute them."
Both Owens and Gaither declined the junk food media requests for comments.
Some of the postings were misogynist, racist, offensive toward another deputy.
Gaither said: "It was a joke, we all do it. It was a stupid mistake."
"There is no joke about something like that. Period," Jessup said. "It's total racism."
Jessup warned all members of the force to avoid social media.
McIntosh County is between Savannah and New Brunswick. About 1/3 of the residents are Black.
It has a long history oppression of Black citizens and was the setting of a 1991 non-fiction book, "Pray for Sheetrock," by Atlanta author Melissa Fay Greene.
Greene tells the story of how the civil rights movement seemed to bypassed the isolated county, ruled by a notorious white sheriff well into the 1970s. The police shooting of an unarmed Black man inspired a local Black activist, Thurston Alston, to challenge the sheriff and bring change to the county, Greene writes.
Jessup is facing reelection. He's fighting to keep his seat against Charles Jones, a former sheriff for the county. Jones is an African American who lost to Jessup in 2008.