Prominent Georgia family sued their local grocery clerk over claims she made on Facebook about their alleged role in the Capitol riot, report says

Sophia Ankel
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Pro-Trump protesters clashed with police outside the US Capitol on January 6. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • A family is suing a clerk over posts she made about their alleged roles in the Capitol riot.

  • Kathryn and Thelma Cagle are alleged to have organized buses to DC, The Washington Post reported.

  • The Post said Rayven Goolsby confronted them on Facebook after seeing videos from the rally.

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A prominent family in Georgia has sued its local grocery clerk after she made allegations on social media about their alleged involvement in the Capitol insurrection, The Washington Post reported.

The Post reported that a third party credited Kathryn Cagle and her mother, Thelma Cagle, as being part of the "core team" that organized busloads of attendees heading from Georgia to DC for the March to Save America protest on January 6, which resulted in a breach of the Capitol and the death of five people.

The Cagles are public figures in their local community. Kathryn was the former chairwoman of the Pickens County Georgia Republican Party, and her father, William Cagle, served one term on the Pickens County Planning Commission that ended in December.

That's how Rayven Goolsby, who works in a local grocery store, recognized Kathryn and Thelma when they posted their DC rally videos on Facebook.

The Post reported that Goolsby wrote on Facebook, "I thought Kate Cagle [was] on the planning committee, I hope she doesn't plan to make a career out of planning riots." In a separate post, Goolsby addressed Thelma directly, writing: "Didn't you attend the insurrection? I am pretty sure you did."

In another post, The Post reported, Goolsby also called William a homophobic "loser," in reference to previous comments he had made on his Facebook account where he called transgender people "FREAKS" and accused them of being unable to "make up their mind where to take a leak."

The Cagles are now suing Goolsby over defamation and libel in superior court in Pickens County. Their suit claims that the online posts harm their reputation and unfairly associate them with "patently criminal conduct."

"Our Clients are aggrieved and that is the reason for the suit. It is our Firm and the Cagle's desire that we can hopefully resolve this in a mutually beneficial and amicable fashion," David McDonald told The Post.

Goolsby's attorney, Andrew Fleischman, argued that the family was trying to use the suit as a means to intimidate. He added that Goolsby has public interest on her side.

"We shouldn't be afraid that criticizing an important person in our community could cost us thousands of dollars," Fleischman said.

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