Shinn will fight charges
by Ron Gregory
Ravenswood — Ravenswood City Council candidate Brandon Shinn made it clear this week that he plans to fight charges lodged against him in mid-May by Ravenswood city police.
Charleston attorney Mike Clifford said he has been retained by Shinn in the matter which resulted in the arrest of the Council candidate.
“I have my investigators looking into the entire situation,” said Clifford. “It’s possible my client’s civil rights have been violated.”
Shinn has not spoken publicly concerning the circumstances of his arrest. Police maintain he threatened a Ravenswood Parks official in at least one message on private social media. Although the alleged victim’s name appears on public court documents, we are withholding it at the request of Ravenswood Police Chief L.D. Morrison.
Police told a reporter that the alleged victim came to their offices earlier in the day and told them Shinn had been harassing her. Officers spoke with Shinn but he continued to send threatening messages, they said.
When Shinn persisted, two city police officers, C.D. Bush and M.R. Abel, went to his residence armed with a warrant for computer harassment.
Details of the actual arrest are sketchy, but all parties agree that the two city officers and State Police Trooper Fannin became involved in a physical altercation with Shinn outside his home shortly after Bush and Abel arrived.
That altercation led the Ravenswood officers to charge him with resisting arrest. He was booked and lodged in the South Central Regional Jail before being released on bond set by Magistrate Laura Pursley.
Clifford said “all options are on the table at this point. I’ve been told there is bodycam footage of what happened. We’ll certainly subpoena that and see what it shows. My client assures me he is not guilty of the charges lodged against him.”
Clifford, a former Kanawha County Prosecutor, is well known for his involvement in civil liberty cases. He said rumors in Jackson County have included that Shinn was arrested to “ruin his chances at winning the Council election. I sure hope that’s not true.”
A preliminary hearing on the criminal charges is scheduled later this month.