Man Arrested for Allegedly Writing Racist Words Inside Mtgy Co. Courthouse
Montgomery County deputies say they have arrested a man they believe wrote racist words inside the county courthouse.
Deputies arrested Michael Vincent Boyer on harassing communications charges.
After getting our hands on the affidavit written by Sheriff D.T. Marshall, Alabama News Network learned there's much more to this story.
Marshall's affidavit says on Friday, surveillance video caught a man writing a racist remark on the bulletin board outside the purchasing office.
He says the video then showed the man walking outside the Courthouse Annex, and came back in to get a pistol permit. The sheriff says a flyer with language not suitable for some viewers was also found in the permit office.
Deputies say using the information on the pistol permit application, they found their suspect.
Marshall says all African American citizens in Montgomery County have been attacked.
"It was on the newspaper stand. It hasn't been used in several months," says Deputy Archie Magger.
Magger says he also noticed another set of words in the same handwriting on this newspaper rack.
"The cleaning people tried to clean it off, but were unsuccessful," he says. "I scratched it off with a knife. It's just a shame that people, especially in Montgomery, are doing this type of thing."
Montgomery County Commission Vice Chairman Dan Harris is appalled by the behavior.
"The only message from this commission would be that there's zero-tolerance for this type of behavior," says Harris.
We tried reaching Boyer. We went the address listed on the affidavit, but no one answered the door.
Deputies say they are not taking this case lightly.
"It does offend the public. That's the last thing we want," says Magger.
We have found an online bio written by who the sheriff believes to be Boyer. It says Boyer is a former reporter for the DailyCatholic and a book writer. Boyer ends his bio by saying "he upholds the values, virtues and morals necessary to be loyal to God and His Holy Church."
Boyer made bond Monday. Harassing communications is a misdemeanor.