- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 27, 2010) — The Post & Email was notified this morning by Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III that he was told by personnel at the Knoxville, TN FBI this morning that there is an ongoing investigation into the Monroe County court and grand jury system. He was told that he could expect a visit from an FBI agent in the near future.
10:54 a.m. EDT: The Post & Email has just received word that Walter Fitzpatrick was arrested.
12:53 p.m. EDT: We spoke with Mr. Fitzpatrick’s landlady, who said that she could confirm that Fitzpatrick had been arrested this morning after what she described as a “physical struggle.”
While she did not personally witness the incident, the landlady said she heard some “loud talking” after spotting four police cruisers across from Fitzpatrick’s home. She stated that Officer Prock, a “very nice, well-spoken” officer, went to her after the arrest was made and explained that there was some damage to the front door. She said that the way it was explained to her, the police had been “surveilling the house” and had “rushed him” when Fitzpatrick had gone back into the house.
The landlady stated that she inspected the house after the incident and found the door frame and lock broken on the back door, but “nothing dramatic.” She said she turned off the coffee pot, which had been left on. Of Fitzpatrick, the landlady stated, “He is one of the best renters we have ever had. I couldn’t ask for a better tenant.”
Of the dispute between Fitzpatrick and the Monroe County court, she said that she and her husband were “hoping that it would blow over” rather than result in his arrest and charges of failing to appear for a hearing.
When The Post & Email asked her if she felt safe in her community, the landlady responded, “Well, I have a little friend who helps me along in case an intruder should show up.” She added, “You’re not safe anywhere in this world, really.”
UPDATE, October 28, 2010: The Post & Email was contacted by the Knoxville, TN FBI office today and told that an investigation into the actions of the Monroe County judiciary is proceeding. This would presumably be expanded to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department for their assault on Walter Fitzpatrick. If there are any eyewitnesses to that assault, the FBI would like to hear from them.
The contact number is 865-544-3518. If there is anyone who can visit him at the jail today or tomorrow and give an eyewitness account of his injuries, that would be helpful to the case. The more visitors, the better.