Prosecutor responds after Tennessee detective says gov. should execute LGBTQ community members

All Scripture Baptist Church Pastor Grayson Fritts, former Knox County Sheriff's Office detective, speaks with the media on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 ahead of Wednesday church service at the church's Cherry Street location in Knoxville, Tenn. Knox County District Attorney Charme said Wednesday that she is reviewing all pending cases investigated Grayson Fritts, who has said the government should execute gay people. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee district attorney is reviewing all pending cases investigated by a detective who has said the government should execute gay people.

Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen announced the action Wednesday in a statement after news outlets reported that detective Grayson Fritts made the remarks in his role as pastor of the All Scripture Baptist Church.

In sermons posted on the church’s Facebook page, Fritts preaches that the government should arrest, try and execute members of the LGBTQ community, Knox News reported. The evidence used against them could simply be a picture of the individual at a Pride event.

He even went on to say that the arrests should be made by the government, not Christians “unless you’re a policeman.”

Speaking to news outlets Wednesday, Fritts said his beliefs didn’t affect his work in the sheriff’s office. He no longer works there after taking a buyout.

Allen says she’s reviewing pending cases involving Fritts for any potential bias. She is also assigning an assistant district attorney to receive complaints about closed cases.

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