At least eight deputies serving Walker County sheriff Steve Wilson affected a raid on the Gregory Parker family Saturday and ransacked the house at 52 Circle Drive in Rossville without a warrant.
“I’m tired of the harassment,” said his wife, Kasee, 30, who works as a hairdresser and homemaker.
“They tore the house to pieces,” Mr. Parker says of the 4 p.m. visit.
“You’re smoking weed, and he’s got warrants,” a deputy says in a video clip posted by Mrs. Parker as they come in. “Here’s the thing,” the deputy says. “How much weed ya got in this house, because I’ll lock everybody up in this house for that weed — how much weed ya got? Tell me right now how much ya got?”
As his master is cuffed in front of a sofa, the family dog leaps up and puts his paws on Mr. Parker’s chest.
Efforts to reach Sheriff Wilson Monday morning were unavailing prior to going to press, with two messages left on his office voicemail and a conversation shared roughly at noon with a secretary in his office.
4 cases in Walker for asserting arrests
Mr. Parker was arrested for a missed Walker County, Ga., court date about which Mr. Parker had not been informed as the family has moved, he said Sunday. He missed the date for a second reason. He had filed a notice that he understood had voided the state’s claim of a court date for a hearing, and that he needed not mark his calendar for it as the state had made no response, he said.
That date is Jan. 4, Mr. Parker, 36, said. The bearded tradesman who has been arrested four times over his rights believes the new arrest stems from his Dec. 3 arrest by Deputy Broome at the Little Pig market. Mr. Parker says two of the deputies who arrested him Dec. 3 were involved in the Saturday seizure. Walker County has arrested him four times for traveling based on his rights to free communication and travel by private conveyance.
He had a new traffic charge Jan. 21 on similar traffic charges 17 days after the court date he is said to have missed, but nothing was said about nonappearance at the time he was in custody in the new case, involving the state’s trucking/shipping/freight/transportation law that Mr. Parker says doesn’t apply to him as he works construction job sites and not as a shipper.
In a video made by Mrs. Parker, the daughter is weeping and sniffling nearby and a deputy stands over the woman. “I don’t have a job right now, and here you come doing this to us,” she says. “Please don’t take my child away over a plant. The Lord provided that,” she pleads. The deputy says that since they had heard Mr. Parker’s voice inside, they had authority to arrest him on the spot.
Deputies claimed they smelled marijuana, which gave probable cause for a search. “They broke my back door even though I was yelling, I have keys,” Mrs. Parker said in an interview.
“Failure to appear for a fingerprintable charge – misdemeanor. 17-6-12 OCGA” is the appearance bond citation for a March 28, 2020, 9 a.m. hearing, Mr. Parker said. He was taken to the jail on Duke Street in LaFayette and was in custody nearly five hours.
Mr. Parker says he also has a March 7 date in state court.
Officers strip searched Mr. Parker “to dehumanize me as much as they can. Were they trying to find that driver license they were wanting me to have?”
Jocelynn, 10, ran to her room in fear, her mom said. Mrs. Parker demanded a signed warrant. “We can’t show you that,” an officer insisted.
She was demanding a judge-signed warrant. “They said I was detained and couldn’t go into my house or anything because I was wanting a signed copy of the warrant. *** ‘You’ll get it when this is over with,’” Mrs. Parker said the deputy told her. “This is a violation of my rights,” she declared.
“I don’t give a fuck about your rights, they don’t mean shit to me,” one officer told her as she demanded a warrant, she said. In none of the video clips do deputies use profanity.
‘Invaded my damn castle, man’
The drug task force arrived, and left behind a paper. Mr. Parker says the paper looks like an affidavit requesting a warrant.
Mrs. Parker says, “They were saying that we were sovereign citizens. ‘We recognize him. We dealt with him before. We were the ones who arrested him at the Little Pig. We know his voice.’”
Mr. Parker insists the sovereign citizen label is a slander and he is highly upset at the way Sheriff Wilson is treating him.
“They invaded my damn castle, man. I can’t talk about it. I’m so damn mad about it, man.” They are trying to find illegal activity because they haven’t found anything he’s done illegal yet, he said.
“We have our own standards that we go by,” a deputy says in a video. “And I know you don’t agree with those. And I understand that. But, it is what it is. To be honest with you and I don’t want to lie about this either, don’t make this more difficult than it needs to be.”
Sheriff Wilson’s officers also threatened the sanctity of family life, threatening to put the Parker’s daughter into the Bermuda Triangle of child protective custody officials and state-based foster care. State child-seizure agencies and foster care are widely considered a breeding ground of sexual abuse and human trafficking.
Mrs. Parker said an officer threatened to take girl away forever if she made a phone call.
Officers threaten family integrity
“She was scared. She run to her room when it happened,” the mother said
In a video, Sheriff Wilson’s deputy makes a threat. “I’m about to put her in child protective custody. Now give me your driver’s license.”
Joycelyn has been hearing about the bill of rights at her school, her mom said. “She asked the cop, ‘Where’s the signed piece of paper my mom’s asking for?’ The cop got mad at her.”
“I feel very invaded,” Mr. Parker said. “I don’t feel secure in my own home. I feel threatened in myself and my family.”
Is Sheriff Wilson responsible for the aggressive visit? “He hires these people and allows them to do it, that they have immunities to do all this crap they want to do.” Mr. Parker says deputies are under pressure to harass him and endanger him, “like I’m some kind of damn criminal or something over traffic infractions.”
Weapon missing after search
Some property has vanished from the house. The drug task force took her shotgun, Mrs. Parker says, because Gregory has felony charge on him. “Not true,” he said. All outstanding charges are misdemeanors. Failure to appear is a misdemeanor. He has no restrictions on any of his rights, he says. He’s not a felon.
“Something’s gotta be done. How often do they do this? They don’t have no warrants or anything. I’m sure if they do have a warrant. *** they should have handle this by due process. Couldn’t they have a warrant first, and not claim they have it on their phones, and that they’ll get it.”
The document left on the table while she was outside, not allowed into her house because she was in detention. Though her father is a property owner, too, he was banned from the property while officers occupied it. “They didn’t care,” Mrs. Parker says. The document indicates a drug task force is looking for production of illegal plants for sale.
‘Personal actions against me’
“In the other narratives I’ve received, they’ve stated they are familiar with me, aware of me, acknowledging they know who I am. In the video Kasee made, one said, mentioned that he knows me. It seems like personal actions against me that they’re taking. Because I’ve put all these people on notice — unrebutted by the way — similar to what I’ve done in Hamilton County. It’s a good ole boy here in Walker County.”
Sheriff Wilson has been on the job 20 years, Mr. Parker said. “It’s a sheriff runs the town type deal.” Officers strip searched Mr. Parker in an earlier traffic case and imposed a body cavity search on him.