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USA: Tennessee Police Officers Force Woman To Choose Between Baptism Or Jail

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Source: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2019/10/tennessee-police-officers-force-woman-to-choose-between-baptism-or-jail/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Imagine+No+Religion&utm_content=44

Tennessee Police Officers Force Woman To Choose Between Baptism Or Jail

October 2, 2019

by Michael Stone

Jesus or Jail: Police officers in rural Tennessee gave a woman busted with a marijuana roach in her car a choice: Baptism or jail.

News Channel 9 reports:

A woman is suing Hamilton County government and two Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies after she says one of them, during the course of her arrest, stripped to his underwear and baptized her in Soddy Lake, in the northern part of the county.

The deputies named in the lawsuit are Deputy Daniel Wilkey and Deputy Jacob Goforth.

The News & Observer reports:

Shandle Marie Riley accused two sheriff’s deputies and the Hamilton County government of civil rights violations and assault in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, saying she was “horribly violated†when one of the men got partially naked and dunked her in freezing cold water — all reportedly to keep her out of jail after a traffic stop.

In response to the deplorable treatment by the deputies, Shandle Marie Riley has launched an $11-million lawsuit against the Hamilton County government and the two Hamilton County Sheriffs involved in the coerced baptism.

According to the lawsuit, Deputy Wilkey told Riley he would not take her to jail but issue a criminal citation for the marijuana if she agreed to the baptism.

Read the entire complaint below –

Complaint Filed Riley by Dan Lehr on Scribd

The suit seeks $1 million in compensatory damages, and $10 million in punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

Riley’s complaint states:

(The deputy) had no lawful basis to coerce (Riley) into obtaining towels, following (him) to a remote location, and participating in a baptism in exchange for not going to jail. No reasonable law enforcement officer would have acted in this manner.

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Without any lawful justification, Wilkey then conducted a search of the plaintiff’s person by feeling, through plaintiff’s clothing, her breasts, abdomen, buttocks, inner thighs and her crotch…

Wilkey then told plaintiff that God was talking to him during the vehicle search, and Wilkey felt the lord wanted him to baptize the plaintiff.

Wilkey further told plaintiff that he felt ‘the spirit.’

Wilkey did not say where he was taking her. At no time did plaintiff feel free to simply ignore Wilkey and not do as he commanded.

The News & Observer notes

Another deputy, Jacob Goforth, reportedly met them at the boat ramp to serve as a witness and “attest to the ritual.â€

According to court documents, Deputy Wilkey led Riley into waist-deep “frigid water†and submerged her “for several moments.â€

The complaint states that after the forced baptism, Riley was “shivering uncontrollably, and felt horribly violated.â€

Say “Hello†to the American Taliban.

Bottom line: Police officers in rural Tennessee gave a woman busted with marijuana a choice: Baptism or jail.

Watch the news report on the story below –

Tennessee Police Officers Force Woman To Choose Between Baptism Or Jail [HCSO deputies Daniel Wilkey (left) and Jacob Goforth (right) are named in the lawsuit. ] (Image via HCSO)
Tennessee Police Officers Force Woman To Choose Between Baptism Or Jail [HCSO deputies Daniel Wilkey (left) and Jacob Goforth (right) are named in the lawsuit.] (Image via HCSO)