ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – An Asheville man was arrested is facing charges over social media messages he sent to South Carolina civil rights attorney Bakari Sellers.
According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Grant Edward Olson Jr., 48, was arrested for stalking and assaults or intimidation due to political opinions or exercise of civil rights.
The arrest warrants said Olson Jr. sent approximately 65 messages in Instagram containing racial slurs, the killing of Afro-Americans and that Olsen Jr. was armed, according to arrest warrants.
Warrants stated that Olson Jr. sent the messages to an attorney who shares his political views on television and is also a registered lobbyist.
In a statement, Sellers, who is also a political analyst for CNN, thanked SLED for the agency’s “quick and decisive action in protecting me and my family.”
“This isn’t just about me. I have a wife, a teenage bonus daughter and twin three-year-olds and I take any threat against them very seriously,” said Sellers. “They shouldn’t be subject to threats and intimidation like this. No one should. This isn’t political debate. This isn’t the ‘new normal.’ It’s a crime, pure and simple.”
Olson was booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County.