On Sunday, a Galena police officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding and defective equipment. The driver and the passenger took off on foot, however, one of the occupants returned and was arrested for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
The other party, Tyrone Amos, hid in the bushes. He later posted about the incident on social media and that he planned to turn himself in to the Galena Police Department at a certain time.
Sergeant Blaine Cornelius posted an engaging response to Amos.
In the meantime, the Galena Police Department had some fun with the situation. The police department updated its Facebook profile picture to that of a bush with #FreeM3GAPHON3, a hashtag that Amos had been using in his posts.
Eventually, Amos did turn himself in and brought the police department a box of Krispy Kreme donuts. Amos also spoke to police about world views and discovered how much one officer had in common with him. Read the full interaction below by clicking “see more” or scrolling to the bottom of the page.
Now, Galena Police Department’s Facebook profile picture features both Sergeant Cornelius and Amos.
“On June 13th, 2018 at about 1700 hours, I found myself starting to worry a certain someone was not going to show up as he had promised. I heard a faint knock at the front door of the police department and my heart jumped! I was elated to find a slightly apprehensive young man standing at our door with a *relatively* fresh box of Krispy Kreme donuts under his arm, and a warm smile that said, “I come in peace, please don’t hurt me.”
Without even verifying his identification, I knew in that moment it was Tyrone Amos. We exchanged gratuities and over a slice of fresh chicken bacon ranch pizza, I explained to him our travel plans while I filled out some last minute paperwork. Mr. Amos was served with his copy of a municipal warrant and we embarked on a journey to the Cherokee County Jail. I let him ride up front and we got to know a little about each other along the way.
I learned Tyrone and I have a lot in common. We both enjoy expressing ourselves through creative writing. He raps and sings to peoples delight, I sing until my kids tell me to stop. Both of us served in the US Army and attended Basic Training at Ft. Benning Georgia. We commiserated about the heat and the sand. We even shared some conspiracy theories along the way.
One of the greatest things we shared was our fears. Tyrone told me stories of some negative experiences he’s had with Law Enforcement along his path. He shared with me the fears his family had for him turning himself in. I shared with him what it feels like to wear a bullet proof vest to work every day, wear a tourniquet on my hip, and deal with the emotional taxation incurred by moving forward, when every instinct of self-preservation you have, tells you to run away.
We didn’t solve the world’s problems, but we put a dent in them. A very small seemingly insignificant dent in the grand scheme of things, but one that meant a great deal to us! Tyrone was booked into the county jail on a $1,500.00 Cash/Surety bond. One of ya’ll need to go #FreeM3GAPHON3.
On June 10th, 2018 a Galena Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding and defective equipment. The driver failed to yield and both the passenger and the driver bailed on foot in the area of 21st and Galena. One of the occupants, had a redeeming attack of conscience and returned to the scene. The other party was identified as Tyrone Amos. Tyrone will fill you in on the rest… ( if you haven’t already, see attached photo now)
The returning party was ultimately arrested on misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and transported to the County Jail. We are waiting patiently for Mr. Amos to emerge from the bushes to fulfill his promise of turning himself in.
We make no assumptions as to the level of intelligence of our clients. I would however like to point out a few things:
Mr. Amos could have not sped in a defectively lit vehicle that night and slipped through our town un-noticed, however his actions prove he chose differently. Mr. Amos in fact had no warrants… until now. Mr. Amos no longer has a phone. Mr. Amos no longer has a car. Mr. Amos spent the night in a bush. The officer didn’t even get her uniform dirty.
Mr. Amos, there is probable cause to believe you committed several misdemeanor crimes on the night of June 10th. However your future is not as bleak as you make it out in your overly dramatic Facebook post. The concepts we “stand for” remain unsullied. You sir failed to stand for anything. You ran and hid in a bush.
As always, all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”