NAACP Wants Apology from Sheriff for Racist Texts

TUPELO, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Lee County NAACP wants an apology from Sheriff Jim Johnson after a local newspaper uncovered a string of racially charged text messages from a few years ago between Johnson and a county supervisor. In the messages, Johnson called a Hispanic state lawmaker “worse than a black person.” The group also wants an official reprimand of the Sheriff from the county board that appropriates the sheriff’s office’s funds. The 2017 exchange of messages came to light after a recent public records request by a local newspaper.

 


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