A Grantville, Ga. police chief resigned this week after an internal whistleblower revealed disturbing text messages to a local news group.
According to an investigation by WSB-TV 2 Atlanta, text messages sent by Chief Doug Jordan in 2013 not only show disturbing language but a plot to violently attack a local man.
“OK. June Bug saw Henry and his wife at Dollar General, shot him the bird and yelled (expletive) U at him ,” one of the texts read. “So gloves off first officer to take him down gets a steak dinner” then, “(expletive) That drug pushing mother (expletive). We going to find that piece of (expletive).”
Leon Buchannan, the man know as June Bug, was shocked to learn of the text messages given the fact that he was attacked by Officer Henry only two days later.
“He threatened somebody’s life, like they making bets on me or something,” Buchannan said. “He don’t need to be a chief. He don’t need to be a cop, period.”
Buchannan also denied the chief’s claim that he was a drug dealer, telling reporters that he changed his life after a short prison term.
“I changed my whole life, went to school, got my CDL,” Buchannan said.
April Heard, Buchannan’s cousin, would be the one to call 911 two days later when Henry began beating Buchanan in his neighborhood.
“He just jumped out the car, something like, ‘Didn’t I tell you don’t disrespect,’ and just started hitting and beating him in the car,” Heard said.
Although the attack left Buchanan hospitalized, an internal investigation cleared Henry of any wrongdoing.
“Once he hit me the first time in the eye, my cellphone flew over there,” Buchannan said.
A second set of text messages showed Jordan using racial slurs when referring to Henry’s violent behavior.
“He probably beat the (expletive) out of some (n-word),’” the text read.
Although reporters texted Jordan and set up a meeting, the police chief backed out last minute, likely realizing what had been uncovered. Jordan also ran from reporters when they arrived at his home looking for answers.
Unable to confront Jordan, reporters took the text messages to Grantville Mayor Jim Sells instead.
“He may need an attorney,” Sells said after seeing the texts. “Using that word goes way beyond that. That cuts right to the core.”
Jordan, who was suspended, decided to resign two days later, following Henry who had quit shortly after beating Buchannan.
While it is currently unclear whether or not criminal charges will be brought against either officer, the local district attorney is set to begin an internal investigation.
The situation not only represents the value of whistleblowing at all levels of government, but how technology – often used against ordinary citizens – can be used against those in power.
H/T – Matt Agorist