El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responds to article about black Colorado ranchers allegedly facing ‘domestic terrorism’

Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 1:15 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 7, 2023 at 7:53 PM MST
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - For several weeks, KKTV 11 News viewers have been sharing videos from social media showcasing a man in El Paso County claiming he is being terrorized.

Viewers have also been sharing an article from the “Ark Republic” titled “Get out. ‘I stood naked with my shotgun.’ Black ranchers say white residents terrorize their Colorado farm to push them off of their land.” The online article details allegations tied to Courtney and Nicole Mallery. The Mallerys reportedly run a 1,000-acre ranch in El Paso County, according to the online publication. KKTV 11 News has reached out to the author of the article and the organization; you can read their response to the national attention at the bottom of this article.

According to jail records, Courtney Wayne Mallery was booked into the El Paso County Jail Monday afternoon. A video posted to Instagram on Monday by “blackfarmlandownersmatter” shows Mallery being taken into custody. According to online court records, Mallery is suspected of stalking, causing emotional distress.

A temporary restraining order was granted by a judge against Mallery for one of his neighbors Tuesday morning. KKTV 11 News was at the jail when Mallery was in the process of being released on bond Tuesday night just after 7:45.

KKTV 11 News has requested the affidavit for Mallery and this article will be updated.

The following statement was shared by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 2.

The following statement was shared by Ark Republic on Feb. 6: