FBI Investigation in Spartanburg

Potential Hate Crime​

Emily Gill
July 10, 2020 - 3:03 pm
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The FBI is investigating a harassment case in Spartanburg as a potential hate crime.
We previously reported that on Friday July 3rd, 47 year-old Christopher Surratt began texting his neighbor, a black man,what a Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputy described as "racially motivated" messages.

Christopher Surratt - SCSO

In the messages, Surratt repeatedly threatened to harm Bruce Wilson, a local activist.
Screenshots of texts sent by Surratt show threats against Wilson and black people in general, including "this man right here needs to be hung by a noose" and in a later text "we kill all g**d*** n*****s at this point."

Small Excerpt of Texts Sent by Christopher Surratt to His Neighbor

Surratt arrested on July 4th and charged with 2nd degree harassment and unlawful communication.

This morning Wilson stated earlier this week that the FBI is investigating the situation as a potential hate crime.

According the FBI Hate Crimes web page, the Bureau works alongside its local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners in many cases around the country.

The FBI office in Columbia says they can neither confirm nor deny any open investigations.

​Wilson and the victim also met with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office this morning to discuss the case.

More updates as they come.


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