Joseph Shane Bragg, 49, of Douglasville, Douglas County, Georgia, United States previously lived in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA. He has lived in different parts of Alabama, USA including Anniston, Talladega, Elba, Auburn and Opeplika.
Aside from Douglasville, Bragg has lived in other parts of Georgia including Woodstock and Villa Rica. He has also lived in different parts of Colorado, USA including Glenwood Springs and New Castle.
Bragg is accused of yelling racial slurs at a black FedEx driver named Michael Rush Jr. in Douglasville on January 17, 2023. The driver used his cellphone to film the encounter.
“Go ahead, get out, you f—–g dumb n—-r,” a barefoot white man told Rush. “Freedom of speech, you stupid monkey.”
The video went viral. It has yet to be confirmed whether or not Bragg is the white man in the video.
Represented by Ryan Williams, Rush filed a police report on January 18, 2023. On January 19, 2023, the two met with Douglas County sheriff Tim Pounds about the incident.
“As a law enforcement agency, we investigate crimes, there was no evidence presented to me of a crime being committed during this incident,” Pounds said in a statement released on January 20, 2023. “Most of us in today’s society find this language degrading, derogatory, offensive and racist. However, the First Amendment of the Constitution protects citizens’ freedom of speech.”
“As part of my oath of office, it is my responsibility to uphold the Constitutional Rights of all citizens and not allow my personal opinion to dictate how I enforce the laws,” Pounds continued. “As the Sheriff, I am sworn to serve and protect the citizens of Douglas County, the business owners, and those traveling through on their daily commute. Law enforcement officials do not always agree with another’s perspective but we must protect and serve the community equally, fairly and impartially. “
In response, Williams also released a statement revealing that during the investigation conducted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He said in part, “While we are deeply disappointed by the Sheriff’s decision not to cite or charge Mr. Bragg, we are not surprised.”
“In their ‘investigation’ of the matter, the Sheriff’s Office failed to follow basic police procedures by not interviewing the victim,” Williams continued. “Only after filing a formal police report was it discovered that the Sheriff’s Office not only knew about the incident but reached out to the assailant for a statement.”