1) This is an excerpt from an article that was originally published in December 2011. Since publication, Yvonne Hickman filed lawsuits in connection with her wrongful banishment from her home which resulted from her husband's hallucinations. She discovered that a Glynn County attorney has actually DIVORCED HER FROM HER HUSBAND in September 2011 without notifying her. She says her ordeal is reminiscent of slavery when black families were regularly separated by others. Ms. Hickman filed a motion to contest the divorce, and it is pending as I publish this update.
2) Yvonne Hickman was arrested and banished from Glynn County, Georgia on December 3, 2009, because her husband (pictured above), a Vietnam War veteran who the government declared 100% mentally incompetent, said she keeps running him over with her car. The disabled veteran's wife relays her two-year ordeal on the five(5) videos at the links below that are a part of this paragraph 2. Video 1 of 5 - http://youtu.be/xjp_jY7so8A is embedded below:
Video 2 - http://youtu.be/9tWPhk7A_yc - short url http://goo.gl/iD7EA
Video 3 - http://youtu.be/hTchRFjdLnw - short url http://goo.gl/3F0QG
Video 4 - http://youtu.be/QD1kaf4vkeI - short url http://goo.gl/XCJkt
Video 5 - http://youtu.be/WsnEQaqtEyg - short url http://goo.gl/U6e7Z
3) Ms. Hickman relayed the following information: On December 30, 2011, after publishing the videos above, all of the emails in her gMail account were stolen. This was likely done to prevent her communication with lawyers, organizations and individuals who could help her. Families with mentally ill members typically find it challenging ascertaining adequate care and justice in America, but some of us are prevented from communicating about it. I protest my own disabled brother's lynching while under secret arrest in 2003. See "Open Letter to President Obama from Mary Neal" at http://goo.gl/uo6se . I received no response after writing to the president and justice officials (second letter at the link). I made phone inquiries in February 2012. Since then, I experience a denial of service whenever I try to log in at Care2 Network, where my advocacy organization is - Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill, which I spent thousands of hours developing.
4) The Hickmans were one of only two African American families in the Somersby Point community as far as Ms. Hickman knows. She relates that the house is in foreclosure and her husband is incapable of saving it without her assistance. Ms. Hickman wonders if she was banned following allegations by the sick veteran because of housing discrimination. If so, these events are reminiscent of mob violence in Forsyth County, GA in 1912. Thousands of blacks were forced to flee for their lives, leaving their homes and personal property behind. PBS Georgia reports the story at this link: BANISHED: AMERICAN ETHNIC CLEANSINGS - http://goo.gl/lKKl2 - It is my understanding that Forsyth County is now a thriving community where people of all races live together in harmony.
5) Ms. Hickman invites inquiries at her email address: YvonneHickman56@gmail.com . She states, "My home is in foreclosure, my business is lost, and my husband is sick and needs me. I am deprived of my friends and community, and my enforced banishment caused alienation of my husband's affection. Additionally, I am extorted of $35 monthly for supervision fees by Sentinel Offender Services LLC although I've been convicted of nothing and am denied a trial on my husband's allegations. I deserve an opportunity to clear my name." In essence, the Hickmans were forced to "jump the broom" backwards and dissolve their marriage. She speaks of this in video 5 at the link above.
6) Mr. Hickman was declared 100% mentally incompetent and unemployable by the U.S. Veterans Administration and Social Security Administration. On December 3, 2009, while his wife was driving to Wal-Mart, he called her and said that he was having her arrested. Shortly thereafter, a policeman stopped Ms. Hickman and arrested her because her husband had reported to police that Ms. Hickman had run over him in her car. Mr. Hickman's report was based on hallucinations or a desire to file a false insurance claim for financial gain. Mr. Hickman had no injuries and his wife's car had no damages. Yet police arrested Ms. Hickman on the sick vet's word alone. After spending the night in jail, Ms. Hickman was released only after agreeing to supervision by Sentinel Offender Services LLC, and she was told to leave Glynn County immediately and never return except for court or attorney appointments with prior permission.
7) She was forced to leave Glynn County with only the clothes on her back. Finally in May 2010, a judge gave Ms. Hickman a court order allowing her to remove her possessions from the couple's home only if supervised by a police officer. She drove from Maryland in June 2010 to do that and parked at a vacant lot near her home, then called police and awaited police oversight.
8) The problems started when Mr. Hickman also called police because he saw her parked near their home. He ran to neighbors' houses and beat on their doors, asking them to please call 911. He reported that his wife had just run over him a second time. After that, he went to Ms. Hickman's car and started raving at her, which was caught on the 911 tape, because Ms. Hickman was on the phone with non-emergency 911 during his rant. The operator instructed Ms. Hickman to stay inside her car with the windows up until police arrived. Police and an ambulance responded. Although Mr. Hickman had no injuries and his wife's car had no damage, Glynn County Police jailed Ms. Hickman, this time for two weeks. She was released under a $10,000 bond.
9) Yvonne Hickman sought help from numerous human and civil rights organizations about her wrongful arrests and banishment from Glynn County, but she feels that she got the runaround. Georgia has numerous civil rights icons and major organizations are nationally renowned, but African Americans who are blatantly wronged by the system have substantial trouble getting help, just as my family is denied assistance getting records and accountability for the secret arrest and wrongful death of my disabled brother, Larry Neal. His murder is revealed in http://WrongfulDeathOfLarryNeal.com - Unfortunately, police allow (or do) my censorship and stalking and other persecution for asking how and why Larry was killed, and civil rights/ human rights organizations are too intimidated or sold-out to help. [UPDATE: Ms. Hickman spent March 19, 2012, visiting members of the Black Congressional Caucus in Washington and speaking with a laison in Al Sharpton's office. The outcome of her endeavors will be revealed in a subsequent article.]
10) Ms. Hickman appeared on the Rev. Pinkney Show in December 2011. Listen at this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rev-pinkney/2011/12/11/pinkney-to-pinkney - People nationwide are given a voice by Rev. Edward Pinkney, an activist pastor after the order of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., president of B.H. BANCO organization and president of the Benton Harbor chapter of the NAACP.
11) The justice system is flawed, especially regarding how mental illness is addressed. This is evidenced by my brother's murder after 18 days of secret arrest and by what is happening to the Hickmans. Is it right to arrest and ban a wife from her home and sick spouse because he hallucinates and calls police and makes unsubstantiated allegations against his spouse? What will happen to Mr. Hickman now that his wife cannot step foot in Glynn County? Will the couple lose everything? The drama has been ongoing for two years. With two felonies against her, Ms. Hickman no longer qualifies for the top security clearance work she did for 23 years for the U.S. Government.
12) Military personnel that served in Iraq are transitioning home after eight years. Many of the soldiers served multiple tours of duty. An estimated 56% of battlefield soldiers have post traumatic stress syndrome to some degree. Is it fair to acute mental patients to let them send away their caretakers? Can your mentally challenged loved one or neighbor call police, accuse you of abuse, and have you arrested and banned from your city with no evidence to substantiate the allegation?
13) Advocacy article by Mary Neal, human and civil rights activist; director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI") http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/aimi , an online advocacy organization to decriminalize mental illness and end capital punishment; chairperson of the Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee, organized to petition the USDOJ and GBI to re-investigate Officer MacPhail's murder in honor of Troy Davis' request to "keep fighting this fight"; organizer of the Human Rights for Prisoners March, a daily online march to benefit inmates, parolees, and probationers (an in-person march to be announced); sister of slain mentally, physically disabled American, Larry Neal, who was secretly arrested for 18 days in 2003 and killed. Larry was returned to our family as a naked corpse with all requests for records and accountability DENIED for eight years and counting; writer and organizer commissioned by God to advocate for the least of these, His brethren, and so are YOU (Proverbs 31:8). Thanks for visiting DogJustice blog. Please share the link to help others learn about problems people face and about advertisers who offer solutions: http://DogJusticeforMentallyIll.blogspot.com