Palmer accuser currently on parole

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 2:14 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 11:41 PM
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The man accusing Harrisburg activist and Augusta Commission District 1 candidate James “Butch” Palmer of pointing a shotgun at him last week is currently on parole, having done two stints in state prison over cocaine charges.

Elliot M. Davis, 37, said his past shouldn’t matter.

“I’m filing a charge because he pointed a shotgun at me,” he said Wednesday. “I could have been a convicted murderer who just got out after 30 years. He still shouldn’t point a gun at me.”

Mr. Davis told the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office that he drove past Mr. Palmer’s Tuttle Street home on Sept. 24 with his radio on. He said Mr. Palmer yelled at him from his front porch to turn it down, then pointed a shotgun at him as he passed.

In an interview with The Chronicle, Mr. Davis said he was bothered by this, so he turned around and pulled up in front of Mr. Palmer’s house, asking him from his driver’s seat why he was aiming a gun at him. He said Mr. Palmer walked to the end of his front walkway, stood behind a gate, pointed the gun at him and said, “Turn that music down, boy, before I shoot you.”

Mr. Palmer told both the sheriff’s office and The Chronicle that he never pointed his Remington 1100 at the man, but only yelled at him to turn the volume down because the bass-heavy music was shaking the windows on his house.

He said the man turned around, pulled up out front and started cursing at him. He said he had his shotgun lying on the ground, and feeling threatened, he picked it up and went inside, saying, “You’re a grown man. You should know better than this.”

On Monday, Mr. Davis filed paperwork to pursue a warrant, and a hearing has been scheduled in Magistrate Court at 9 a.m. Nov. 6, three days after the election. Mr. Davis is seeking a charge of pointing a gun at another, a misdemeanor. A judge will decide whether there is probable cause for an arrest.

Mr. Davis said he lives in the 600 block of Eve Street, though not at 609 Eve St., the illegal boardinghouse targeted as a "nuisance" by Mr. Palmer and other demonstrators during their Fourth of July march against absentee landlords. He said he knows some of the soon-to-be-evicted tenants there, though.

According to Georgia Department of Corrections records, in the late 1990s Mr. Davis was convicted of sale and distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine in Richmond County. Sentenced to 15 years, he was imprisoned from October 1999 to August 2004.

A parole violation landed him back in prison from March 2006 to June 2008, most recently at Autry State Prison in Pelham, Ga.

The state Board of Pardons and Paroles has him in its system as “Larry Jenkins,” spokeswoman Scheree Moore said. He’ll be on parole until July 2014.

Mr. Davis said he is no longer involved in drugs. He said he was recently laid off from Macuch Steel Products Inc., and is currently unemployed.

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jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/30/09 - 02:28 pm
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He said he had his shotgun

He said he had his shotgun lying on the ground, and feeling threatened, he picked it up and went inside, saying, “You’re a grown man. You should know better than this.” PICKED it up and went inside LOL... yeah right. with a SHOT gun at your side you feel threaten so you picked it up and went inside... WHAT...

The Big O
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The Big O 09/30/09 - 02:39 pm
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jackfuit - how many young

jackfuit - how many young black men are either incarcerated, on parole, or on probation?

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/30/09 - 02:41 pm
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I don't know you tell me I

I don't know you tell me I don't keep up with that but evidently you do, what are the numbers? if I did, I would know the numbers for whites, latinos, asian, and others The Big O. But I guess you only know the black ratio right?

Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 09/30/09 - 02:44 pm
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How many men are "former

How many men are "former hairdressers"?

creolechick
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creolechick 09/30/09 - 02:56 pm
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If only the police would

If only the police would start stopping these vehicles for the loud bass music, they would find all kinds of drugs and could make all sorts of arrests. Why won't the police do something about this?

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/30/09 - 03:01 pm
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creolechick what about the

creolechick what about the cars who aren't playing loud music, some of those may have drugs etc in their cars, why just target the cars playing loud music? target them all if the city is going to crack down. Then if they do so, will they just target black motorist? next thing you know a law suit against the city and (God forbid let him STAY AWAY) Al Sharpton will be in disgusta *NO THANKS*

SnowBallCity
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SnowBallCity 09/30/09 - 03:05 pm
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jackfruitpaper833 on Wed Sep

jackfruitpaper833 on Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:01 PM . . . wow, you have completely missed the point. The loud music is cause to pull them over and investigate further if necessary.

creolechick
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creolechick 09/30/09 - 03:23 pm
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Jackfruit - I just want them

Jackfruit - I just want them to target the loud stereos be they black, white or latinos. The people who do this are defying others and don't mind that they are disturbing others and are being disrespectful & I think something ought to be done about it. And yes, there may be drugs in other cars too but I'm saying that if they stop the ones for music, they may just kill 2 birds with one stone. The loud music & disrespect needs to stop, drugs or not - black, white or otherwise!

creolechick
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creolechick 09/30/09 - 03:30 pm
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Yes, snowballcity - jackfruit

Yes, snowballcity - jackfruit missed the point because as usual he was trying to make it all about race.

nofrills
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nofrills 09/30/09 - 03:51 pm
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Say what you want but if

Say what you want but if somebody stuck a shotgun at me I wouldn't go back until after the police got there. I've met Mr. Palmer before and he seemed to be a decent guy wanting a decent neighborhood for all living there. The loud music is awful and the police dont do anything no matter if its shaking your car windows.

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Riverman1 09/30/09 - 04:03 pm
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Davis or, uh, Jenkins is a

Davis or, uh, Jenkins is a dirtbag. I hope his parole officer is taking a hard look at him. ALL the home owning residents down there want the thugs out.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/30/09 - 04:25 pm
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Again, a new article, but

Again, a new article, but still no report on what happened that night when the police were called!

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/30/09 - 04:47 pm
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I did not miss the point if

I did not miss the point if anything you missed MINE... why stop only the loud cars, stop every car if you trying to crack down, why just the LOUD music playing cars only? you can't target one group a law suit will for sure follow. And we all know it's mostly black (so they say) who play music loud in their cars.

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disssman 09/30/09 - 05:35 pm
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I still would like to know

I still would like to know how this guy, who probably can't add two plus two and lord help us if he had to read something. identified a Remington by model from a distance in the dark? And he did it three days later. Was he by any chance picked up for something else in that three days? Money will make people do strange things and some would sure hate to see Butch on the commission raising a stink about how things are funded in the city. Me personally, I would vote for him in a heart beat for commissioner or Mayor.

creolechick
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creolechick 09/30/09 - 06:28 pm
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Jackfruit - to answer your

Jackfruit - to answer your question, why target the loud music cars? Because they are disrupting the peace of others. Not everyone wants to hear it or have their windows rattle. It keeps people awake & is bothersome. I used to work shift work and had to sleep at odd hours, so it doesn't matter when they come through doing it - it is disruptive & disrespectful. Can you understand now? Because if you still don't get it, then I guess you don't understand having respect for the peace of others.

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creolechick 09/30/09 - 06:31 pm
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And another thing - you CAN

And another thing - you CAN target the group of people that are playing loud music because it is against the sound ordinance!!! And if they happen to find drugs, then they will have more trouble than a ticket for the sound ordinance to deal with. And just to help you understand - the group is loud music cars - not any particular color driver.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/30/09 - 08:32 pm
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Jackfruit, you are right, It

Jackfruit, you are right, It is targeting a group, but not a race. The group is inconsiderate ignorant selfish people who have no respect for anyone. I agree not only music, but also those loud exhausts on the motorcycles and cars. There is no need for any of that disruptive crap!

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APiratesLife4Me 09/30/09 - 11:37 pm
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Wait Wait wait....... this ex

Wait Wait wait....... this ex con had a gun pointed at him and he went back for more? Must be one tough dude or very stupid. I vote for stupid.

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eachoneteachone 09/30/09 - 11:57 pm
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This is a perfect example as

This is a perfect example as to why Richmond County needs a chronic nuisance ordinance. http://www.practitionerresources.org/cache/documents/19720.pdf

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