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What is Blackwater? Cherokee County Sheriff Linked to Infamous Security Firm—Report

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A sheriff investigating shootings at Atlanta-area massage parlors has been linked to Blackwater, the infamous security firm whose contractors massacred Iraqi civilians in 2007.

Cherokee County’s Frank Reynolds’ reported ties to Blackwater have emerged during the high profile case in which a white gunman has been charged with killing eight people, including six Asian women.

Reynolds’ possible links with Blackwater were first outlined by The Daily Beast. Any such connection has not been independently verified by The Liberty Buzz, which has contacted Reynolds for comment.

What was Blackwater?

The private military company was founded by former Navy SEAL Erik Prince in 1997. It gained notoriety a decade later after a group of the firm’s contractors killed more than a dozen Iraqi civilians in a massacre in Baghdad’s Nisour Square on September 16, 2007.

The killings prompted international outrage over the use of private security in war zones.

Sheriff Frank Reynolds, of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, speaks at a press conference on March 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Reynolds returned to the U.S. in 2008 “with a renewed appreciation of the United States Constitution and what it means to be an American,” it added.

According to The Daily Beast, a supporter of Reynolds shared a photo of his security clearance while he was campaigning to be elected sheriff.

The image named Reynolds and showed a contract number that corresponded to the Department of State’s contract with Blackwater in 2005.

There is no suggestion that Reynolds was involved in the 2007 shootings in Iraq.

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