World Champion Big Licker Mr. Richard Mitch Drives Truck At Mother Of Two Young Children Peacefully Protesting “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty With CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty)

TUNICA, MISSISSIPPI (c) –  Tunica County Sheriff K. C. Hamp’s office confirmed Monday that Mr. Richard Mitch of Pleasant HIll, MO was the driver of this white Nissan Frontier truck which allegedly recklessly endangered the lives of four CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) animal welfare advocates at Tunica Arena on Thursday, November 3, 2016.    Three of the advocates were women, one of whom is the mother of two young children (ages two and four).

Here is a photo of Mr. Richard Mitch, driving with his left hand while displaying an obscene middle finger gesture with his right hand toward  CCABLAC peaceful protestors outside the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration “Big Lick” Tunica Horse Show.

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CCABLAC Animal Welfare Advocates Peacefully Protesting “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty

CCABLAC Animal Welfare Advocates Protesting Against "Big Lick" Animal Cruelty - Tunica Arena, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

CCABLAC Animal Welfare Advocates Protesting Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty – Tunica Arena, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016


VIDEO OF MR. RICHARD MITCH DRIVING TRUCK  – NOV. 3, 2016

 


Interview of CCABLAC animal welfare advocate Mr. Mario Chiozza of Memphis, Tennessee, immediately after the incident.  Mr. Chiozza provided an extemporaneous eye-witness account of what happened 16 seconds following Mr. Mitch driving his truck at the CCABLAC peaceful protestors:

 

 


MR. RICHARD MITCH – PLEASANT HILL, MO

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Mr. Richard MItch – Pleasant Hill, MO  (Facebook Photo)

Mr. Richard Mitch – 2016 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

Mr. Richard Mitch won the Show Pleasure World Championship at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration on Monday, August 29, 2016.  He is a customer of Mr. Edgar Abernathy of Olive Branch, Mississippi.

Walking Horse Trainers Association Mr. Edgar Abernathy and Mr. Richard Mitch, World Champion, TN Walking Horse National Celebration - Aug. 26, 2016 Photo Credit The Walking Horse Report

Walking Horse Trainers Association Trainer of the Year,  Mr. Edgar Abernathy, and Mr. Richard Mitch, on Santana’s Storm, 2016 Show  Pleasure World Champion –  TN Walking Horse National Celebration – Aug. 26, 2016    (Photo Credit – The Walking Horse Report)

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Tunica County Sheriff Office Investigation 

Tunica County Deputy Walter French was called to the Tunica Arena shortly after 6:00 p.m., Thursday,  November 3, 2016,  to investigate an incident where an unidentified driver who drove a truck at four people who were peacefully protesting against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.

Here is part of Lt. French’s report (Thursday, Nov 3, 2016)

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Here is excerpt from Tunica County Sheriff report (Friday, Nov. 4, 2016).

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Here is transcript of ‘Witness Statement by Clant M. Seay provided to Tunica County Sheriff office on November 4, 2016:

“Shortly before 6 PM on Thursday, November 3, 2016, I was with three ladies and one man who were peacefully protesting animal cruelty to big lick Tennessee Walking Horses at Tunica Arena on Highway 61. We were there with the approval and knowledge of the Tunica Property Manager Mr. Steve Sosebee.   A man driving a white Nissan truck Missouri tag # 4AR800 deliberately and with malice aimed and drove the truck directly at the three ladies, and myself and one other man, recklessly endangering our lives with a deadly weapon.  I was in fear of my life. I called property management and Tunica County Sheriff who sent two deputies to investigate. They looked at the taped video and noticed the driver was making obscene middle finger gesture toward “us” while driving with one hand. Immediately after the incident ended I interviewed Mr. Mario Chiozza who was present and his statement was “A man acted like he was going to run us over and swerved within a few feet of us.” The statement was provided on November 4, 2016 and witnessed by Captain Barry Collins and signed by Clant M. Seay.”

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Interview Of  Mr. Mario Chiozza Immediately Following Incident


WHTA Trainer Of The Year – Mr. Edgar Abernathy @ USDA Murfreesboro Hearing

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Walking Horse Trainers - USDA Hearing - Murfreesboro, TN - Aug. 9, 2016

Walking Horse Trainers – USDA Hearing – Murfreesboro, TN – Aug. 9, 2016

“Big Lick” Abernathy Brothers Trainer BOYZ Pull The Wool Over Eyes of West Tennessee News Reporter

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Statement by CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty):

“We appreciate the professionalism of Tunica County  (MS) Arena Executive Director Mr. Steve Sosebee and his excellent staff who ensured that CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) animal welfare advocates were able to exercise their First Amendment rights of free speech at the publicly owned facility.   Further, we commend the efforts of ‘Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp, his deputies and administrative staff for promptly responding to and investigating the violent incident which occurred at the Tunica County Arena &  Expo Center located in Tunica County, Mississippi”.

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