Criticized by NAACP for man’s jailing, Fayette sheriff has different view

Tue, 03/24/2009 - 4:05pm
By: Ben Nelms

Questions have arisen about the arrest of a man by Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies on Nov. 28 and his subsequent incarceration.

In a press release last week by the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP, Steve White was said to be homeless, allegedly the subject of racial profiling and jailed for more than two months while never being charged.

He was released on March 2 and subject to hefty impound fees for his vehicle.

A check of the records in the case reveal a different picture of the situation than the one painted by the civil rights organization.

According to the Nov. 28 supplemental case report on the incident at the BP station at Ga. Highway 314 and Ga. Highway 138, written by Deputy Jeremy Liggett, White had backed his vehicle into a parking space out of the view of store employees.

Forty-year-old White kept looking back and forth around the area in a manner that appeared suspicious and seemed nervous and edgy, according to the report.

Deputy Liggett parked his vehicle and observed White’s behavior, noting that at one point White exited his vehicle and walked to the front door, only to turn around and go back to his car, where he continued to look back and forth in both directions.

Liggett in the report said White’s behavior appeared to be consistent with the behavior of an individual under the influence of methamphetamine.

Liggett in the report said he approached White in his car and made contact with him. In response to saying “good afternoon,” White yelled, “What the f—, boy, I don’t have any money, I am jobless and f— poor.”

Upon being asked to lower his voice, White said, “You’re lucky I am taking deep breaths because I wanna hurt you.”

Liggett called for backup, and, when officers arrived, asked White if he could search his vehicle. Upon obtaining permission, Liggett found gloves and a pellet pistol altered to look like a real firearm, the report said.

Asked what he was doing at the convenience store, White responded, “I am eating lunch, I work in Peachtree City, I am on lunch.”

White was arrested at the scene for loitering and obstruction and his vehicle was impounded. Asked for his place of residence, White said he was homeless, but also told officers he resided in Griffin.

Asked his occupation, White initially said he was a male stripper, but later said he worked construction.

Sheriff Wayne Hannah said Deputy Liggett went before Magistrate Judge James White on Nov. 29 and subsequently served Steve White with a warrant. White had a first appearance hearing Dec. 1 and was officially accused by the Solicitor’s Office on Dec. 15.

The bond set for the two offenses was a $650 cash bond for each or a $1,300 property bond on each count. White did not bond out, meaning he stayed in jail, Hannah said.

White at some point obtained the services of a public defender, who on Feb. 3 waived White’s arraignment and put a jury trial on the March docket. The public defender and the prosecutor met March 2 and the prosecutor elected not to prosecute. White was released March 2.

The wrecker company had reduced the charge on White’s impounded vehicle and he picked it up on March 17.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 5:04pm.

In Liberty,


Submitted by mysteryman on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 4:28pm.

The Solicitor realized this, and so did the NAACP, so both sides agreed to send him on his merry way back home to Clayton county... You caught a break Mr White, dont go away mad holmes, just go away, and stay there...Tell all your homies too... Catch ya next time bro....peace

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 4:39pm.

Of course the whiners and snivelers at the naacp would turn that into the race card. Typical!!

That is what the naacp has done for the last 18yrs that I have been in the Atl. area. They use the race card to bully every nice clean, low crime area into accepting lower standards. They have ruined every community they touch. From DeKalb, to East Point, to Clayton and now they have their sights set on Fayette. Just like their ugly little t-shirt says: You are next Fayette, or You be next Fayette, whatever. They like to bully their way in by defending criminals. Then the law abiding citizens move out. The naacp and company move in and crime goes up off the charts. Yawn..... always the same...nothing ever changes.

Submitted by mysteryman on Wed, 04/01/2009 - 2:55pm.

We are not going to accept thugs walking up and down our streets loitering, when we see someone who does not belong we call the Law.

We are not going to accept unruly or suspicious behavior....

We are not going to accept folks hanging out in the parking lot throwin dice and acting a fool....

We are not going to accept folks soliciting at the red light for what ever reason....

Anyone whos has a problem with these statements, has plenty of other counties to choose from in which they do accept this type of behavior and would be well advised to egress the area and set up camp elsewhere...

Submitted by mysteryman on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 4:54pm.

Most people black and white came to this county for just what you stated, the quality of life we all enjoy or enjoyed.. It wont be long for the NAACP is bankrupt, most of its coffers are running low, for people who donate to it and attend its fish frys, are tired of the mockery it has become. Even its own directors have filed lawsuits against each other recently in a fight to grab power and say i did this. It wont be long before its disbanded or bankrupt, I laugh when i see them waste their resources trying to represent these clowns only to realize they are fools themselves...PEACE..

Submitted by tarsha1991 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:38am.

I hope MR White sock it to them you cant slander someone's name without the proof being there. I hope he gets a good lawyer and sock it to them.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 8:59pm.

I think that slander would involve the county knowingly mistating the facts in order to hurt Mr White's reputation. He is going to have to prove that he has a reputation to hurt and that he wasn't doing what the police stated. Good luck with that one...

Now other matters, we will see if he decides to sue. I am not going to hold my breath.

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Submitted by redrooster on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 7:01pm.

No drug test, no nothing. once the man got counsel and wanted a jury trial the case was dropped.
After our own family incident with Fayette County where the case was dropped (after several thousand dollars in attorney fees) I can believe anything.

Submitted by FayetteFlyer on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 3:47pm.

Seems like it was all done by the book to me, too. Sounds like Mr. White got a place to dry out and maybe get some perspective on where his life was going. But either way, what is there to investigate?

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Submitted by Gene61 on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 5:26pm.

Looks like the deputy did a good job of observing the mans behavior. All the signs also pointed to someone who was casing a location, , in this case the store to rob it.

Once the man, color doesn't matter at here, became abusive, the deputy was within his right to take action. note how the gentleman in question , Mr White started off by saying to to the deputy,

White yelled, “What the f—, boy, I don’t have any money, I am jobless and f— poor.”
Upon being asked to lower his voice, White said, “You’re lucky I am taking deep breaths because I wanna hurt you.”

A direct threat , the deputy had PC to take action at that point. Sorry that action along with the fact where he was located and his behavior, was questionable. Charge him with loitering and obstruction, then take him to jail.

The NAACP sees racism around every corner.

Submitted by mysteryman on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 9:59pm.

And Mr White was afforded the right to free legal counsel at his arraingment, as is everyone who is brought before the judge hence public defender, why he refused at that time we will never no, it was only after he had agreed to the public defender to be his legal counsel, that the meeting with the solicitor was arranged. Had he chose to have this representation in the first place he probably would have been released in December. Hence stupid people make stupid decisions, then wonder why they find themselves in these situations in the first place...Good job S.O. keep locking up these clowns, and they just might get the idea or tell their friends to stay out of Fayette County....Let us hope....PEACE...

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Submitted by wildfire on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 8:28pm.

The NAACP's agenda is to create racial divide; always has and always will. The NAACP's drive is to make Fayette County into the new Clayton, Fulton, Dekalb and Gwinnett County. It amazes me how things in our community have gone so well; best school system in the state, lowest crime in the state, bedroom community with working class families. Now with all kinds of criminal elements coming into our community, the NAACP moves in, opens an office to do what? Cause racial divide, make excuses for criminals and get donations from ignorant people being led around by their "leaders" who prefer to make excuses for their lives rather than accept responsibility for their lives. Like I said, no surprise here; however I do wish there was a way to sue ANY organization who makes false accusations and costs our community and/or local government more time and money to do the jobs they were hired to do. The NAACP is about as fair as the KKK in my personal opinion and I for one don’t like either of them!

Submitted by mysteryman on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 1:10pm.

I applaud the NAACP for wasting its time and resources in our county, most of the folks in this county have relocated here from elsewhere in ATL, an are fully aware of this groups former escapades, personal agendas, and mission to maintain the status quo, so to say. The people in this county both Black and White are educated enough to not even give this group the time of day. We are fully capable of serving justice to thugs and fools alike who choose to venture into our community, and then want to cry foul when they get caught. No excuses in this county you are responsible for your own actions.... This group has made a mockery of itself representing characters such as the one discussed above. Keep up the good work, and watch your fundraisers dwindle. Go back to the A.T.L .....PEACE

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Submitted by Fred Garvin on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 1:41pm.

Portrait of a Coward

Saw this one on AMW last night. This coward took this woman's life for a measly $40 bucks.

Thug-punk cowards like this one think that they have a right to take what doesn't belong to them.

The United States of America
July 4, 1776 - Jan 20, 2009
Rest in Peace

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