As most know, on December 1st I had to go to Augusta and face a BS simple battery charge because someone says I tugged at their windbreaker jacket, yes, that is the claim. That equates to simple battery in Georgia, even if there was zero intent to harm or intimidate. I never touched this clown and no video or photo actually shows me touching him.
This allegation is for retaliation only because he and his POS daughter thought they could get by with making accusations online that I am a pe*****le, yet in court he says he has never met me or knows who I am. And of course, they are both facing civil action for their accusations.
I am a man, I faced my charge and the judge gave me a signature bond (own recognizance), meaning, I did not have to pay anything, just sign my name. But, I had to drive myself to the jail to still be processed and then to be released.
I reported 0940 hours to the jail and was told to sit in the lobby while they verify my paperwork. Hour went on, I was told not to leave because I do have an active warrant and I risk being pulled over. By 1300 hours, I was still in the lobby waiting so I called the clerk of court. They stated the jail has my paperwork and they should process me in. I asked about this, they stated they did not. at 1540 hours I made a call again to the clerk. The female clerk says, "They have your paperwork and I thought this as straightened out over two hours ago." A male supervisor them got on the phone, He says, "I do not know what their problem is with you there, but they are delaying you as much as possible, I am had delivering this paperwork, again, and get you processed."
At about 1650 hours, I was finally sent to the back of the jail.
A SGT came to get me and said, "You are seriously here for this and you have been waiting for seven hours just to get printed and photographed?" I said yes, and asked how long does he think this will take, he said, "you have an OR bond from the judge, so this shouldn't take more than a few hours."
I young male deputy took over, searched me, etc.. I asked him how long this may take, he looked t my paperwork and said, "Oh, you, you have a long night ahead of you in a very stinky ass cell." I did think that was an odd statement, but just rolled with it. Little did I know how true that would be.
I got about 30 seconds to talk to the nurse before headed to the cell. Told her of a few serious issues I have and then she walked away. I was then placed in a holding cell with about twelve other people. No big deal, not one issue with any inmates while there, actually, they treated me better than any deputy at the jail.
As time went on, a few more inmates trickled in, but not many at all. The issue, they refused to process anyone. Finally, at about 0500 hours, some of us finally got a picture taken, but finger printed, that was done about three hours later around 0800 Saturday morning. I thought, good, should be a couple of hours to clear NCIC/GCIC and sign my name and leave.
During my long wait to 0800 hours, I had informed deputy's that i am missing multiple doses of medication and it is starting to have an impact. I informed them I am just a signature bond and the judge order an OR bond release. This is where it got even more interesting.
At about 0500 I was moved into another cell, about 18 of us in 150 sq ft, no working water and trash that hadn't been cleaned up for what looked like two days. And gnats, well, they outnumbered us about 500 to 1. The deputy's were aware of no water and they refused to get us any or let us out to go to the fountain.
Time went on, at about 1300 hours on Saturday the 2nd, I informed the nurse, again, that I am missing my medications and it is taking a toll, she was even informed that I was just a court order OR bond. The nurse did ask where I get my medications, she then made me inform her what medications and what I take them for, not in privacy, but in front of all the inmates. The nurse said, "Well, I cannot get your medications by the VA, especially on a Saturday. You can have someone bring them to you." I explained that is two hours away and that no one though it would take this long to process an OR bond. She went and talked to a supervisor and came back and told me they are getting ready to release me now so I can get my medication. That was at 1300 hours.
I sat and watched people who got in the jail after me, that were brought in by the state patrol for DUI's get out before me because the Sheriffs Office gave them an OR bond themselves. They spend under 10 hours in jail.
At about 1700 hours on Saturday, December 2nd, after 30 hours waiting, I was released.
I missed what is about two days of cycled medication, I am just now, four days later, finally back into a semi normal feeling.
Of course, and again, some of the supporters of this moron and a certain sheriff will say I deserve this, I say, go f*k yoursselves.
The losers in this case are the taxpayers. The taxpayers will pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000.00 to try this BS case. And yes, if I must, I will elect a jury trial.
The failures of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office - Georgia in this matter are unbelievable and not one person that is in the booking process should have to go through, especially someone on a court ordered OR bond.
Through the night I kept asking why I was being held so long. These are the answers I got:
1. You do not have an OR bond, your bond is $2,000.00.
2. The judge said you have to serve one day at minimum.
3. In this jail, you have to serve a minimum amount of time.
4. If you keep asking questions, I just keep delaying you.
5. We can hold you 72 hours before processing you.
6. We lost your paperwork.
7. We cannot validate your warrant. (it was a Richmond County warrant and they hand delivered the court order)
All of the above were lies told by deputy's or just an absolute violation of policy.
I served a day in jail that I was not sentenced to serve, and if you believe that is OK, then you are a f*king idiot.