On Tuesday, April 20, the sun rose on Madisonville, Tennessee to reveal blocks of SWAT teams, Federal, State, County and local police, armed with weapons, dogs and plenty of ear pieces. Amazingly, they had all turned out to greet Lt. Cmdr. Walter Fitzpatrick on his way to appear at a bond hearing for four misdemeanor charges levied in early April after he was incarcerated there during his attempt to effect a legal citizen’s arrest warrant on, among others, Grand Jury foreman of 27 years Gary Petway and Judge Carroll Rose, for appointing him continuously for those 27 years despite Tennessee law that proscribes grand jury service for more than 24 months consecutively.
Supporters en route were also stopped and checked but retained their legally held arms and explained eloquently to police why they were there. Rather than recount it all herein, I urge all to visit Carl Swensson’s Rise Up For America, USMC Sgt. Tim Harrington’s CitizenTsunami and JB Williams’s piece on Lt. Cmdr. Fitzpatrick’s Monroe County initiative. Thanks to the professionalism, patriotism and integrity of those involved, the situation that could have ended as an American nightmare ended well, communication was successful and those who stepped up to the plate of action represented themselves and their country well.
With many thanks to all who participated, both in Monroe County and behind the scenes, and especially Sgt. Tim Harrington, Carl Swensson for taping events, Chaplain Darren Huff, JB Williams and of course, Lt. Cmdr. Walter Fitzpatrick for being a Doer, not a Talker, I urge you all to visit these sites, pass them on and tell everyone who will listen that we need to keep our eyes open, obey the laws of our nation and confront those who do not.