Parrish files civil lawsuit against Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies, county commissioners logo

Ronnie Aaron Parrish, the Bainbridge, GA, man who was injured in a incident with Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies at Bikefest 2012, has filed a civil lawsuit against six former and current deputies and Decatur County government.

The lawsuit–which is separate from the ongoing federal criminal case regarding Parrish’s treatment at Bikefest 2012–was filed Sept. 15, 2014 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia-Albany Division.

Parrish, the plantiff, is being represented by J. Wrixam McIlvaine, an attorney from Brunswick, Ga.

The lawsuit names the following people as defendants:

  • Wiley Griffin III (Sheriff of Decatur County)
  • Wiley Griffin IV (former Grady County Sheriff’s deputy)
  • Wendell Cofer (Undersheriff of Decatur County)
  • Elizabeth Croley (current Decatur County Sheriff’s deputy)
  • Robert Wade Umbach (former Decatur County Sheriff’s deputy)
  • Christopher Kines (current Decatur County Sheriff’s deputy)
  • Decatur County, GA (which is governed by the Decatur County Board of Commissioners)


The lawsuit’s main claims are that Parrish’s civil rights, specifically those granted by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, were violated on the night of Sept. 15, 2012 at Bainbridge Bikefest.

The lawsuit asks for a jury trial, awarding of legal fees and an unspecified amount for damages to be awarded if a jury finds in Parrish’s favor.
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