Sheriff: Man charged with sending racist texts to neighbor

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SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) – Authorities said a white South Carolina man was arrested and accused of sending racist messages to a black neighbor, who is a Black Lives Matter activist.

The Spartanburg Herald Journal reports 47-year-old Christopher Brian Surratt was charged Friday with unlawful communication by telephone and second-degree harassment.

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The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said the neighbor told deputies he began receiving racially-charged messages from Surratt Friday evening.

According to an arrest warrant, Surratt “threatened to kill” his neighbor and watch the neighbor’s home to cause him mental distress.

It’s unclear whether Surratt had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.