Tennessee Police Crack Down
Patriots Who Challenge Judiciary
By Pat Shannan
Darren Huff is a member of the Oath Keepers and proudly displays the
large insignia on the doors of his new pickup. When he drove it from
his home in the Atlanta area to Madisonville, Tenn. on April 20, the
mere sight of the truck was enough for police to pull him over outside
of town and remove him at gunpoint.
COMM. WALT FITZPATRICK
was founded a year ago to remind soldiers and law enforcement personnel
of their oaths to the constitution taken at the time of employment and
to invite all to join their membership. In its by-laws Oath Keepers has
ten “we will nots,” and No. 1 on its list is
“We will not obey orders to disarm the American
people.” However, to law enforcement personnel in
today’s America, the Oath Keeper’s truth is
At this roadside stop, Huff was respectful but firm. He refused to
allow the requested search of his vehicle without a warrant. When asked
if he had any weapons with him, he replied in the affirmative and also
showed his legal Permit to Carry issued by the State of
He was asked by the
if he would surrender his weapons while he was in town and retrieve
them on his way out, and he refused again. Finally, he was released
without charges to attend the Walter Fitzpatrick hearing, which was
reported in AFP’s recent issues.
Ten days later, Huff was
Tennessee again attempting to affect another citizen’s arrest
on Gary Pettway, who has been illegally sitting as a court-appointed
grand jury foreman since around 1983. Tennessee law makes it illegal
for anyone to sit as foreman for more than one year, and Fitzpatrick
had attempted to correct this on April 1 by arresting Pettway in the
courtroom. Instead, Fitzpatrick was jailed for five days, and his case
may go before the grand jury where Pettway still sits as
can’t make this stuff up,” says
On April 30, while
inquiring with county law enforcement regarding correct legal procedure
to follow, Huff’s name apparently was put in the computer and
a federal warrant stemming from the April 20 roadside incident outside
of Madisonville appeared. He was arrested and jailed—charged
with creating civil unrest and “inciting a riot,”
making it two men now who have attempted to lawfully proceed and are
being prosecuted for doing so.
[39-17-301 thru 304] says that it is a ClassA misdemeanor if one
incites a riot but such an act requires that it involve an assemblage
of three (3) or more persons which, by tumultuous and violent conduct,
creates grave danger of substantial damage to property or serious
bodily injury to persons or substantially obstructs law enforcement or
other government function [39-16-601].
So why is Darren Huff
charged with a crime that requires at least three people, and one in
which the situation was obviously scrutinized by county deputies and
the Tennessee Highway Patrol at the roadside stop before releasing Huff
with his weapons and no criminal charges?
AFP asked two lawyers
their input and both agreed it was not likely that charges could be
made to stick at the state level.
were contrived to charge Huff with “carrying a weapon across
a state line with the intent to create civil unrest and incite a
riot.” Hence, another thought crime is created from the good
intentions of a law abiding citizen.
AFP has learned that FBI
Special Agent Chuck Reed visited Huff on the evening of April 19. Huff
told Reed that he was going to attend the Fitzpatrick hearing in
Tennessee the next day. Federal agents then apparently followed him and
alerted the Tennessee authorities of his arrival which led to the
Huff was arraigned in
federal district court in Knoxville on May 3 and placed under house
arrest pending trial. The next day Monroe County General Sessions Court
Judge J. Reed Dixon found probable cause that Fitzpatrick had committed
four Class A Misdemeanor offenses: Riot, Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing
a public meeting and Resisting Arrest.
The question looming now
whether or not Gary Pettway will be illegally seated as grand jury
foreman when it discusses Fitzpatrick’s case on June
graduate and retired Naval officer, told AFP, “This charade
is not about me or Darren. It is about protecting Obama from a lawful
prosecution for treason and fraud. If people believe that the
Constitution is still in effect or that their government is not corrupt
at every level, they’re delusional. From the Supreme Court to
your local courthouse, justice in America no longer exists.”
Pat Shannan is
the assistant editor of
American Free Press. He is also the author of several videos and books
in a Million: An IRS Travesty
Rode With Tupper,
detailing Shannan’s experiences with Tupper Saussy when the
American dissident was on the run in the 1980s. Both are available from
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