Local NAACP chapter says Lee County sheriff has issued an apology letter

The president of the Lee County NAACP says Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson has sent a letter of apology for racially offensive text messages.

Posted: Aug 19, 2019 3:02 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The president of the Lee County NAACP says Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson has sent a letter of apology for racially offensive text messages.

Rev. Chris Traylor, the chapter’s president, did not reveal the letter's contents but did say the chapter’s board will meet Thursday to review the letter.


Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson

Last week, the local NAACP chapter called for the sheriff to apologize after the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported on the messages.

In one, Johnson wrote the following in August 2017: “He’s worse than a black person, your not going to please him.”

The report indicates the sheriff was aggravated with state Rep. Shane Aguirre, who opposed moving the county jail outside of Tupelo.

Johnson is white. Aguirre is of Hispanic descent.

The sheriff held a news conference Monday concerning school security and mentioned nothing about issuing an apology.

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