North Carolina Sheriff is caught on an audio call: “Black Bastards” are resigning from their post again to avoid being removed for good
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A North Carolina sheriff who was reelected despite resigning in October 2022 after a secret recording of a racist conversation was leaked has resigned from his post again.
It is also the second time he has resigned to end a campaign by the district attorney to have him permanently removed and banned from ever serving as the county’s top police officer again.
Fifty-eight days after his election victory and after District Attorney Jon David opened a new investigation to remove him, Jody Greene announced his resignation in court. The news reportedly interrupted a hearing where David was presenting his case against Greene in court.
Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene resigns again after hearing his racist tirade. (Photo: Twitter/Columbus County Sheriff)
As a result of his resignation, Supreme Court Justice Douglas Sasser said a hearing to dismiss Greene was null and void. While the former law enforcement officer’s case has concluded, David is still waiting for the court to decide whether Greene can be prevented from ever holding that office again.
After the reorganization, Chief Deputy Kevin Norris was appointed interim sheriff until the County Board of Commissioners can select a permanent replacement.
Almost two months ago, on November 8, 2022, Jody Greene was reelected as sheriff of the relatively small county. At the time, many were shocked by his victory, edging out his opponent Jason Soles with an unofficial count of 1,576 voters from the approximately 18,500 ballots cast.
The narrow margin wasn’t as surprising as the controversial allegations, backed by audio clips swirling around Greene’s character. Not only did many believe he was a fanatic based on the comments he made about black people in the recording, but that he said he would use his power as sheriff to sniff out some “black bastards” whom he considered spies , to disenfranchise.
The audio was recorded in 2019 by Soles, who was one of Greene’s deputies, and released weeks before the election.
“I’m telling you, her [Black people who worked with him] might as well go somewhere else. Because if you’re not for me – I’m not referring to you – but if they’re not for me, they’re against me. And gone they are. And that’s exactly how it’s going to be,” Greene said on the recording.
Greene even called people by their names. “Clarity (whatever her name is), I don’t trust her. Dawn says she’s racist… If I have to fire every motherfucker out there, you know what?”
In one of the most inflammatory comments on the audio, the former sheriff was heard declaring, “I’m sick of these black bastards. I’ll clean the house and that’s it. And that’s where we start.”
When the audio was released, David attempted to have Greene removed from the seat.
But Greene, who originally was chosen 2018 as Sheriff, resigned in October following the tape’s release and made headlines nationally. He ran again for the same seat and won it by a margin of 54 percent in a district that is 64 percent White and just over 30 percent Black.
His attorney, Michael Mills, said his client ran so people could decide who should be the sheriff and not the district attorney. “He did it,” Mills said.
As the court weighs whether to disqualify him from the job, it’s crucial for the district attorney to take legal action to prevent him from ever running for office again.
“This office has been very consistent about where we are on this issue. We just don’t feel like Jody Greene should be someone who ever wears a badge again,” David said.
Being banned from running isn’t the only legal obstacle Greene faces.
According to The News & Observer, an order to seal an affidavit was filed in state court in December 2022, citing an “ongoing investigation involving numerous state and federal agencies,” including the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
After the hearing concluded, David referred to a criminal investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation but did not go into detail, saying, “Nothing about Jody Greene’s resignation today changes the fact that a full investigation is ongoing, and will continue to be so in the future.” will continue not only against Sheriff Greene, but against the deputies under his command.”