NWGA Scanner | August 17th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on August 13th, 2021, At approximately 11:15 AM, Shannon Parsons, 50 of Dalton, was in Courtroom 2 during the Criminal non-jury court. Ms. Parsons’ son, Mark Hembree, 29, of Chatsworth, was placed under arrest for two felony Bench Warrants and a felony Probation Warrant. Ms. Parsons left her seat and approached her son, who was seated on the non-public side of the courtroom next to the witness stand with handcuffs on. According to the report, “Deputy Beach advised Ms. Parsons that she could not pass the bar in the courtroom and attempted to escort her to her seat.” Deputy Beach reported, “[I] attempted to ask Ms. Parsons to have a seat, while she talked over me telling me she had to talk to her son’s lawyer. After several attempts to make Ms. Parsons aware that she could not approach past the bar in the courtroom and to have a seat while being talked over by Ms. Parsons, [I] advised Ms. Parsons to leave the courtroom. Ms. Parsons advised that we were rude. [I] advised that [I] was sorry but not to return to the courtroom. As Ms. Parsons turned to walk away, she said, “F**k you.” The hallway contained approximately eight people.” At that moment, the deputy followed Parsons down the hall, in front of the courtrooms, to place her under arrest. The deputy advised her she was under arrest. According to the report, “Ms. Parsons attempted to pull away and advised that she was not going to jail. After a struggle, Ms. Parsons was handcuffed behind her back”. During the process, the deputy sustained a small cut from the handcuffs, when Parsons jerked away obstructing the deputy. According to the report, “After arrest, Public Defender Mica Gates stated that he told Ms. Parsons to stay seated and he would come to talk with her on three different occasions.” Parsons was transported to The Whitfield County Jail, where she was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction.