TUNICA, MS – CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) Animal Welfare advocates stood before the Tunica County Courthouse on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, and asked for “Justice”, and equal protection under the law.
The “Big Lick” Horse Show was put on last November at the Tunica Expo Arena on U. S. Highway 61 by the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which is headquartered in Shelbyville, TN.
These citizens who are crime victims wish to appear before a Tunica County (MS) Grand Jury to present evidence and their eye-witness testimony so the Tunica County Grand Jury can determine if an indictment should be returned against Mr. Richard Mitch of Poplar Hill, MO for his alleged malicious and violent assault upon them on November 3, 2016.
The following Video shows Mr. Richard Mitch entering the Tunica Expo Showgrounds from Highway 61. Upon seeing the Animal Welfare advocates holding a banner – “BOYCOTT BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY” – accelerated his engine and drove his truck directly at the animal welfare advocates with one hand and made obscene gestures with the other hand, swerving only at the last second to avoid hitting them.
At the same time CCABLAC advocates were on the Courthouse lawn, inside a Tunica County Grand Jury was hearing witnesses and evidence presented regarding crimes and considering whether or not to return indictments. Unfortunately, the alleged crime captured on this Video was initially listed by the investigating officer on November 3, 2016, as “Reckless Driving – Misdemeanor”. The officer did not have all the facts on the evening of November 3, 2016, and on November 4, 2016, the following Statement was provided to the Tunica County Sheriff office:
STATEMENT OF FACTS – NOV. 4, 2016
When it was learned last week that this matter was not on track to be considered by the Tunica County Grand Jury on February 7, 2017, the following Change.Org Petitoin was started on Sunday. So far, it has reached over 3,500 persons.
CCABLAC representatives met yesterday with officials of the Tunica County Sheriff’s office to make sure that all papers are in proper order so that the matter may properly proceed.
Nephew Eugene says that Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp has a reputation for being a “stand up guy”.
It is hoped that things will be done in the correct manner so that Justice can be served in this matter.
Please stay tuned for future developments.