First documented case of a black person walking on a public road in the south end of this rural TN county.
On November 8, 2007- A store owner on Hwy. 68 called 911 on this pedestrian, using a ruse that he was walking in the middle of the road and looked suspicious.
" Racial and gender bias has been commonplace and seldom exposed"
He had not bothered anyone, and was walking on the shoulder of the road towards his destination. The responding officer looked for someone matching the description of the call--he later learned his wild "goose chase" was unfounded. A classic example of W.W.B. (Walking While Black)
The pedestrian was offered a ride by a person who was going in the same direction. This is the first documented case of a black person walking on a public road in this area of east TN.
This incident has a D.O.J. case number 168-70-0/286726
"The right to travel on a public road is a well-established common right that does not owe its existence to the federal government. It is recognized by the courts as a natural right." Schactman v. Dulles 96 App DC 287, 225 F2d 938, at 941.
"The right to travel is a part of the liberty of which the citizen cannot be deprived without due process of law under the Fifth Amendment." Kent v. Dulles, 357 US 116, 125.
"The right to travel upon the public highways, is not a mere privilege which a city may prohibit or permit at will, but a common law right which he or she has under the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Thompson v. Smith, 154 SE 579.