Chicago cop who beat black woman during traffic stop owned at least two racist websites
A Chicago police officer who beat a black woman during a traffic stop owned at least two racist websites, according to the motorist’s lawyer.
Sgt. George Granias, of Chicago police, stopped medical assistant Patassa Johnson in 2014 and arrested her on suspicion of drunken driving — which she denied and was later dropped, reported WBBM-TV.
The officer handcuffed Johnson in the back of his squad car and drove her to a nearby police station, where Granias allegedly dragged her roughly into the building.
According to a 2015 lawsuit, Granias then beat Johnson inside the station while she was handcuffed.
She required medical attention for cuts and bruises and later settled with the city for $185,000.
Johnson’s lawyers told the TV station they discovered that Granias owned a website, which he registered in 2013, with a racist name during a simple Google search for the officer’s name while preparing for the lawsuit.
“His hobby is apparently buying names of racist websites,” said attorney Brendan Shiller.
The site was called n**gadown.com, and was mostly blank — but The Daily Beast discovered he also owned a site called n**gaguns.com, along with violently named sites such as murdertech.com and deathcomescalling.com and others with mildly pornographic names.
A person identifying himself as Granias posted a request on the “n**gadown” site to remove his name, the same day WBBM reported its association to him.
The website is no longer active, but the officer’s registration remains active through the end of the year.
Johnson’s settlement must still be approved by City Council, and the officer remains on the job.
“He needs to be fired,” Johnson said. “If he’s fired, then I’m happy because I know he will not be able to do it to anyone else.”
The police department has not commented on reports about the officer’s website activity.