Tampa > Sheppard Issues Statement

| May 29, 2015
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TAMPA — Eric Sheppard, the fugitive arrested in Tampa this week after fleeing Valdosta and refusing to turn himself in to authorities, appeared before a Florida judge and waived his right to an extradition hearing.

Members of his law firm, Davis Bozeman of Atlanta, traveled to Tampa to meet with Sheppard at the Hillsborourgh County Jail.  Later, they issued the following statement:

“Eric’s decision not to fight extradition coupled with his peaceful surrender when arrested, confirms Eric is not a threat to the community. Unfortunately, what appears to be lost in the coverage of Eric’s activism as a student is that he is merely a college kid trying to figure out life under some extraordinary stressful circumstances. Physically he is fine, but mentally he is exhausted from living under the constant fear for his life as a result of the death threats and the bounty placed on his life by self-proclaimed “white supremacist” individuals and organizations. He does not wish anyone any harm and was reacting to the very aggressive and hostile threats of violence against him and the people close to him.

Eric has never been arrested or in any trouble. Even law enforcement authorities in Valdosta have dismissed statements they have made recently regarding Eric as a “publicity stunt”. Eric and his family would like to thank everyone who has prayed for his safe return to Georgia. 

He looks forward to learning from this experience and having an opportunity to properly process and address everything that has happened after he exercised his 1st Amendment right by engaging in public protest and freedom of speech. He remains committed to being a positive agent of change and helping improve the conditions under which many people in our society continue to struggle in.” stated Attorney Mawuli Davis, attorney for Eric Sheppard.”

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  1. B Adams says:

    Show of hands for all who believe this bs? Naw, I didn’t think so…

  2. Renee says:

    Don’t believe a word of it!

  3. K. Brock says:

    Just a common little thug. Who really cares what he has say. Let’s not forget that he was under no stress when he preached hate against America and all white people.

  4. cozy351 says:

    Here we go…poor poor Eric….Its not his fault he is an idiot…its the white mans fault and he was neglected as a child and spends his whole life worried that the white man is going to get him…Nothing but BULLSHIT….they should make him walk up and down Baytree waving the flag for a couple of weeks….

  5. Barbara says:

    Good luck selling that load o’ BS…you can’t be “Mulla Abdulla” one minute and poor little confused kid the next…think what you want but don’t encourage bloodshed over poorly formed beliefs…not cool little man.

  6. Good Luck says:

    What you have to remember:

    1) This is South GA. If you stomp on a symbol that very few living individuals have fought for in any legitimate matter (ie – Korea, Vietnam, Iraq-Afghanistan were fought for the fortunes of big money, not for any realistic threat to America), they get riled for no other reason.

    2) Taking the former, one has to remember the phenomenon of the South GA, sudden political pundit, beginning in 2009 when the realty of a black president hit them in the face. IE – any chance that Eric can just be seen as a dumb college kid doing something stupid and is not any kind of terrorist is about as likely as one of the sudden 2009 South GA political pundits listening to any other source of news then Fox News or the opinions of more South GA sudden political pundits who post on this site.

    • Winfield Scott says:

      I fought in the Vietnam war because it was my duty. A good soldier fights and does not question the President.

      Eric types are a threat. So was the Viet-Cong.

      God Bless America

  7. Angela Davis says:

    Eric has the right to say what he wants, when he wants. Until he commits a crime, he has done nothing but speak freely.


    • Devalyn says:

      Angela, you are partially right. The First Amendment protects free speech with limitations. Like shouting ‘Fire’ in a theater, you can’t be protected by free speech when it comes to threatening speech, hate speech, speech inciting violence, slanderous speech, libelous speech, defamation, release of copyrighted or confidential material, or ‘material support’ of domestic or foreign terroristic entities.

      Specifically, the First Amendment protects an airing of grievances, as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

      Yes, he has the right to step on the flag, and the right to voice his objection to the systematic racism in this country, but where he went wrong (as young people often do when passionate about something), is where he brought a gun on campus (illegal), and sent a manifesto to the newspaper threatening violence against a specific race of people (also illegal).

      I do think he is under stress. I understand he is trying to do a double major in grad school, which would be highly stressful. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was experiencing a breakdown of some kind. I just hope he can move past this, get some much-needed counseling, and learn from this experience.


  8. Bignutts says:

    Black power,Brown pride….I salute Eric and the rest of the Young youth ,who are not afraid to stand For something..stop believing all the Wh!TEvil Wash….Shalom

  9. Steven Bronkowski says:

    It’s hard to take your website very seriously as a news source when you post these silly commits from internet trolls.

    Please allow serious commits only that pertain to the story itself.

    Thank you

  10. Twobuckchuck says:

    This person will be shown the mercy of the judicial system .