A family is suing a grocery store clerk after publishing allegations about their role in the Capitol riots.
Katheryn and Thelma Cagle had helped organize buses from Georgia to DC, according to the Washington Post.
Grocer Rayven Goolsby confronted them on Facebook after seeing videos of them at the rally.
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A prominent family in Georgia sued their local grocer for libel after making allegations on social media about their involvement in the Capitol uprising, according to the Washington Post.
Katheryn Cagle and her mother Thelma Cagle had been part of the “Core Team” which organized buses packed with participants from Georgia to DC for the “March to Save America” protest on January 6, which resulted in a violation of the Capitol building killing people.
The Cagles are public figures from their local community. Katheryn was the former president of the Republican Party of Pickens County in Georgia and her father, William Cagle, served a term on the Pickens County Planning Commission that ended in December.
This is how Rayven Goolsby, who works at a local grocery store, recognized Katheryn and Thelma when they posted their DC rally videos on Facebook.
“I thought Kate Cagle [was] to the planning committee, I hope she doesn’t plan on a career in riot planning, ”Goolsby reportedly wrote on Facebook, the Post reported. In another message, she addressed Thelma directly, writing: “Did you not assist the insurgency? I’m pretty sure you did. “
In another article, Goolsby also allegedly referred to William as a homophobic “loser”, referring to earlier comments he made on his Facebook account where he called transgender people “FREAKS” and accused them of being able to “decide where to take a shot. leak, ”the Post reported.
The Cagles are now suing Goolsby for libel and libel in the Superior Court of Pickens County, Georgia. Their complaint alleges that online publications damage their reputation and unfairly associate them with “manifestly criminal conduct”.
“Our clients are aggrieved and that is the reason for the lawsuit. It is our firm and Cagle’s desire that we can hopefully resolve this issue in a mutually beneficial and friendly manner,” said David McDonald. at the Post.
Goolsby’s attorney, Andrew Fleischman, argued the family were trying to use the lawsuit as a way to intimidate. He added that Goolsby had the public interest on his side.
“We shouldn’t be afraid that criticizing someone important in our community could cost us thousands of dollars,” Fleischman said.
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