76 Year Old Veteran Arrested for Aski...

76 Year Old Veteran Arrested for Asking Public Official to Speak Louder

There are 232 comments on the CNN story from Jul 20, 2014, titled 76 Year Old Veteran Arrested for Asking Public Official to Speak Louder. In it, CNN reports that:

Eddie Overholt, a 76 year old veteran was arrested in Greeneville, TN Friday, July 18, 2014 for asking Mayor Alan Broyles and board members to speak louder during an Industrial Development Board meeting at Greeneville Light and Power.

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oldfart

Johnson City, TN

#1 Jul 20, 2014
You judge it and let your public officials know how you feel.
Watch what Eddie did and what they did to him.
attendee

Greeneville, TN

#2 Jul 20, 2014
oldfart wrote:
You judge it and let your public officials know how you feel.
Watch what Eddie did and what they did to him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =jAhKoQqTtrgXX
Alan Broyles should be ashamed! Tom Hobson is to be commended.

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#3 Jul 20, 2014
Welcome to GreenEVILe tenn. Our corruption & control passed up Newport years ago!
So sad

Butler, TN

#4 Jul 20, 2014
Dixie iron fist wrote:
Welcome to GreenEVILe tenn. Our corruption & control passed up Newport years ago!
The control freaks we have in power are scary because they stand together, so what can we do if they don't get voted out? They think they are above the law, and well they ARE the law. We are losing out constitutional rights to a group of little hitters! People need to wake up!
john rushing

Greeneville, TN

#5 Jul 20, 2014
someone needs to call the governor and notify the justice dept for civil rights violations and have the sorry ass mayor put behind bars, he is lower than whale shit making an old man walk to jail and then charging him because he needs to stop and rest

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#6 Jul 20, 2014
john rushing wrote:
someone needs to call the governor and notify the justice dept for civil rights violations and have the sorry ass mayor put behind bars, he is lower than whale shit making an old man walk to jail and then charging him because he needs to stop and rest
Escorting him out would have been reprimand enough. We're all adults here,no need for the vulgar display of authority.
Gloria

United States

#7 Jul 20, 2014
Dixie iron fist wrote:
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Escorting him out would have been reprimand enough. We're all adults here,no need for the vulgar display of authority.
I completely agree! It's abundantly clear that the so-called leaders wanted to make an example out of him. Let's hope that their lapse of judgment brings even more attention to the mess they created. While it is an embarrassment for us all who live here let's rejoice that some good may come by the additional attention they have drawn to themselves!
Well

Johnson City, TN

#8 Jul 20, 2014
What does being a Veteran have to do with this incident?
Well

Johnson City, TN

#9 Jul 20, 2014
oldfart wrote:
You judge it and let your public officials know how you feel.
Watch what Eddie did and what they did to him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =jAhKoQqTtrgXX
Why? Our public officials don't give a rats ass how we feel.

Since: Jul 14

Greeneville, TN

#10 Jul 20, 2014
oldfart wrote:
You judge it and let your public officials know how you feel.
Watch what Eddie did and what they did to him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =jAhKoQqTtrgXX
OK, I will judge it. The video starts at the tale end of some sort of applause by the public with the mayor immediately warning the public that they will be removed upon further "outburst". In the middle of his warning you have further laughter and cacklng. Then the "victim" immediately has to butt right in with a blunt request for them to speak up. The mayor was obviously already on edge for some reason and fired back with the demand of his removal (not arrest). Instead of quietly complying the "victim" started the usual array of rebellious questions that would agitate an officer instead.

My judgement, all I see is a bunch of bumpkin politicians trying to cling to an old regime and a bunch of citizens who's knowledge of the subject at hand doesn't go beyond news articles and Wikipedia entries.
Libby

Knoxville, TN

#12 Jul 20, 2014
The victim, Eddie Overholt, has written a description of what happened after being removed from the meeting. If his recollection is true, it displays a huge abuse of power by arresting officer Steve Hixson. Eddie is on Facebook, so pull him up. If what he said is true, an investigation should take place and Hixson should be removed from the force. As seen in the video, Hixson's demeanor is one of aggression, towards an elderly gentleman who kindly asked the board to speak up during a break in discussion.
Gloria

United States

#13 Jul 20, 2014
Letters by both gentleman who were removed from the meeting can be read in their entirety on the facebook page called Save the Nolichuckey.

Since: Jul 14

Greeneville, TN

#14 Jul 20, 2014
Well wrote:
What does being a Veteran have to do with this incident?
I totally agree. It's a whole different subject but being a veteran doesn't make you credible.
Dude

Knoxville, TN

#15 Jul 20, 2014
WildTurtle wrote:
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I totally agree. It's a whole different subject but being a veteran doesn't make you credible.
I think the point is that a man was unlawfully arrested and bogus charges were placed against him with the icing on the cake being the officer ruffed him up on the walk back to the jail. Sad display by Officer Hixson. Hopefully Overholt will sue the GPD.
Adam

Knoxville, TN

#16 Jul 20, 2014
I know Stephen and like him, but his actions were totally unjustified. I guess he thought he was at the command of that little Nazi Broyles and could jerk an old man around. Now the story is on CNN's page and is approaching 10,000 views. I hope some of the national media outlets take this up and run with it. Stephen looked like a complete fool with his hot temper rushing the 76 year old out of the meeting and subsequently roughing him up on the street. No matter if the person is old or young, if they say they can't or don't want to walk back to the jail, it is your duty to have a patrol car transfer. This was wrong on so many levels.

Enjoy the fame Hixson!
Question

Greeneville, TN

#17 Jul 20, 2014
Adam wrote:
I know Stephen and like him, but his actions were totally unjustified. I guess he thought he was at the command of that little Nazi Broyles and could jerk an old man around. Now the story is on CNN's page and is approaching 10,000 views. I hope some of the national media outlets take this up and run with it. Stephen looked like a complete fool with his hot temper rushing the 76 year old out of the meeting and subsequently roughing him up on the street. No matter if the person is old or young, if they say they can't or don't want to walk back to the jail, it is your duty to have a patrol car transfer. This was wrong on so many levels.
Enjoy the fame Hixson!
Typical behavior of the Nazis of GPD. I notice one of their finest is running for Sheriff. Is it true that the one running for Sheriff cuffed the poor old man?
citizan

United States

#18 Jul 20, 2014
Well wrote:
What does being a Veteran have to do with this incident?
because he seen alot of good men die for the rights that the mayor and the rest of them where trying to take from him and the rest of greene co.

Since: Jul 14

Greeneville, TN

#19 Jul 20, 2014
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>I think the point is that a man was unlawfully arrested and bogus charges were placed against him with the icing on the cake being the officer ruffed him up on the walk back to the jail. Sad display by Officer Hixson. Hopefully Overholt will sue the GPD.
I'm sorry, I can't make a judgement off of a Facebook entry. I can clearly see that those with stock in this situation will make themselves out to be a saint on either side. With an unbiased point of view I can see that this situation makes the natives of Greene County look like a chimp colony to those seeing it from the outside.
WTF

Greeneville, TN

#20 Jul 20, 2014
WildTurtle wrote:
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OK, I will judge it. The video starts at the tale end of some sort of applause by the public with the mayor immediately warning the public that they will be removed upon further "outburst". In the middle of his warning you have further laughter and cacklng. Then the "victim" immediately has to butt right in with a blunt request for them to speak up. The mayor was obviously already on edge for some reason and fired back with the demand of his removal (not arrest). Instead of quietly complying the "victim" started the usual array of rebellious questions that would agitate an officer instead.
My judgement, all I see is a bunch of bumpkin politicians trying to cling to an old regime and a bunch of citizens who's knowledge of the subject at hand doesn't go beyond news articles and Wikipedia entries.
So a 76 year old man, was having trouble hearing the mayor in a room crowded with about 50 people, deserved to be arrested? Im 39, and I cant even hear the mayor on the video! I hope Steven Hixson gets his ass kicked. We used to beat the hell out of inmates that mistreated the elderly when I was locked up.
Silent partner

Elizabethton, TN

#21 Jul 20, 2014
Funny how people write stuff when they were not even at the meeting. All are entitled to your opinion and it is just that-an opinion. The fact is many are making false statements. Complain on here like they are a hero. I do not care who you like or don't. Truth is unless you were there and a witness do not believe what everyone "says" happens.

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