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Knox County DA 'looking into' detective's church sermon calling for execution of LGBTQ people [View all]

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

Knox County DA 'looking into' detective's church sermon calling for execution of LGBTQ people
Brittany Crocker, Knoxville News Sentinel Published 12:59 p.m. ET June 12, 2019 | Updated 4:41 p.m. ET June 12, 2019

The Knox County Attorney General's Office said it is looking into a church sermon by a Knox County Sheriff's detective that called for the government to arrest and execute LGBTQ community members.

In the hourlong sermon based on an Old Testament passage, Detective Grayson Fritts, also a pastor at All Scripture Baptist Church in Knoxville, told his congregation that he believes that federal, state and county governments should arrest, try, convict and "speedily" execute people within the LGBTQ community on no more grounds than a cell phone photo of a person participating in a Pride event.

Sheriff Tom Spangler issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, after the Knoxville News Sentinel first reported about the Fritts' sermon, that Fritts had asked two weeks ago to join a county buyout offer. Spangler said he accepted the offer, and Fritts is on paid sick leave until it takes effect July 19.

"I want to be very clear that it is my responsibility to ensure equal protection to ALL citizens of Knox County, Tennessee under the law, my oath and the United States Constitution without discrimination or hesitation," Spangler said. "Rest assured that I have and will continue to do so."

Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen said Tuesday the attorney general's office knows about the matter and will respond accordingly.
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Read more: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/2019/06/12/knox-county-detective-calls-execution-lgbtq-people/1419137001/

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