Georgia Cops Jail an Elderly Woman for Mouthing Off to a Code Enforcement Officer

A 75-year-old woman who threatened to call a code enforcement officer's supervisor ended up in jail.


Gloria Walker as seen in a report

A 75-year-old woman who needs a cane to get around was jailed in Marietta, Georgia, this week for threatening to report a code enforcement officer to his superiors.

At least that's what Gloria Walker told WSB-TV's Matt Johnson. Marietta Police Department Officer Chuck McPhilamy has a different perspective: He claims that Walker was making "terroristic threats." That's what she's been charged with—making terroristic threats.

"Certainly, we aren't looking to charge someone who is 75 years old who is reaching out for help," McPhilamy told Johnson, "but it's also a day and age where we can't simply ignore someone making threats."

The dispute between Walker and the code enforcement officer occurred on May 29. Walker, who says she calls code enforcement a lot to complain about her neighbors, got into an argument with the man and said, "I'm getting someone to get you."

Here's Walker to Channel 2:

"He said he was an ex-police officer," Walker told Channel 2 Action News. "I would be stupid to say anything terroristic against an ex-police officer."

"I said, 'I told you I'm going to take care of that little matter,'" she said. "And he said, 'Are you threatening me?' I said, 'No, I'm not threatening you. You threaten me all the time.'"

Walker sounds like a cantankerous pain in the ass, and people who narc on their neighbors to code enforcement are often crummy neighbors themselves. But between Walker's description of events, the police department's tepid defense of the charges, and the pictures and footage that WSB-TV published, arresting Walker—to say nothing of charging her with terroristic threats—was an abuse of power and a waste of resources.

So she calls code enforcement too often? Put her number on a list and tell dispatchers to wave her off. So she gave a code enforcement officer guff? Let her call his supervisor. The department clearly knows she's abusing the system. But putting an elderly hobbled woman in jail for being a cranky nuisance is obscene. Did she have a history of affiliating with terrorists or making terroristic threats? What evidence, exactly, does the Marietta Police Department have that shows Walker poses a danger to anyone? My guess is none, because if they had even a shred beyond her cryptic remark—which Walker denies making—we'd have heard it about it by now.

This looks like is a textbook case of trying to teach someone a lesson. Walker likes to push city employees around? Let's show her the inside of a jail cell and see if that fixes her attitude. Maybe the city plans to ask a judge to put Walker on probation, and to make a prohibition on calling code enforcement be one of her conditions. (If a judge can order an adult defendant to stop smoking cigarettes, surely they can ban calling a city office.)

Regardless of what the city plans to do—I'll be shocked if they don't drop the charges before the case goes to court—this is an irresponsible use of police power that suggests a lack of patience and maturity on the part of city employees. You could say the same thing about Walker's incessant complaining, but she doesn't have the power to throw people in a police cruiser, haul them to jail, make them post bail, and publish their mugshots online. The standards for the government are and should be higher.

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  1. Walker, who says she calls code enforcement a lot to complain about her neighbors, got into an argument with the man and said, “I’m getting someone to get you.”

    I’m going to have a real hard time feeling sorry for this woman.

    1. Really though, the story isn’t about her. This post shouldn’t have focused on how old she is or how she walks with a cane trying to evoke sympathy. It’s all about the abuse of power.

      1. Unfortunately there is zero chance that she’ll learn this is the stupid shit her neighbors have to deal with every time she narcs on them.

      2. The abuse of power is all the more obscene because they arrested her for making terroristic threats. That implies she’s capable of acting on such threats but the need for a cane and her advanced age make that implausible.

        1. The same people wanting lefties to make all these laws are violating these laws.

          Not much sympathy for her.

          Call me if she decides that government CANNOT solve all the problems and votes that way.

      3. It’s all about the abuse of power.

        Repeatedly calling code enforcement on her neighbors? Yes, this is just the object lesson this old nanny-goat needed.

        No sympathy from me, even if the cop’s story is bs.

    2. This is one of those stories where there are no “good people” involved. Although I’d lean toward the 75 year old nuisance since she doesn’t have any power to lock people in cages. All she can do is be a pain in the ass. The cops, and the code Nazis? They have the power of the government behind them.

    3. Couldn’t agree more.

    4. Who knows, perhaps her neighbors are pieces of crap who leave trash out at night to be spread around by stray dogs or leave piles of debris outside that attract rats. Wow, she may live near my next door neighbors.

    5. You don’t have to feel sorry for her, but that doesn’t mean she should be in jail. If you wait for the State to harass people you would feels sorry for, you lose too much ground. That’s why one defends swine like Larry Flint.

      ‘Making terroristic threats’ is a bullsh*t charge anyway. It should be a standard reason for an investigation, not a stand-alone charge.

  2. But putting an elderly hobbled woman in jail for being a cranky nuisance is obscene.

    Is it?

    1. She used her one phone call to call code enforcement.

      1. “The paint in the holding cell is chipped, and it smells like mildew in here. Y’all should be ashamed.”

    2. ten gets you twenty, it’ll just make her meaner.

  3. You could say the same thing about Walker’s incessant complaining, but she doesn’t have the power to throw people in a police cruiser, haul them to jail, make them post bail, and publish their mugshots online.

    Not directly, but every time she calls the goons on a neighbor there’s a chance of that happening.

  4. You don’t call the man on the man!

  5. code enforcement using their power of government to shut people up.

    1. Why do you want the terrorists to win?

      1. She is not a terrorist, you turd.

        1. You need to check the battery on your sarcasm detector every time you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

  6. She should have kept quiet, then filed sexual assault charges.
    And maybe this is a good time to require ALL government employees to wear active body cameras during all working hours?
    Then instead of he-said, she-said, we get he-said, she-said, the camera-said. Best two out of three wins.

  7. Root cause analysis;
    Building codes.
    Abolish them, the problems described here go away.

    1. No, the root cause is coercive government. It breeds corruption like an unchanged diaper.

  8. It’s hard to muster a lot of sympathy for someone who “calls code enforcement a lot to complain about her neighbors”, but that doesn’t mean the State should be able to just charge her with a serious crime she didn’t commit. For the record, “making terroristic threats” is a charge that has been on the books since well before 9/11/2001, and it has no real connection with the notion of “terrorism” as that word is understood today. It basically just means making a threat to commit some act of violence. But if there is no evidence that she did that, the charge is still preposterous.

  9. “I’m getting someone to get you.”

    Sounds like a threat.

    Its much easier to say that ” I will call your supervisor”.

    Everything in Georgia is a misdemeanor or felony. There are no infractions here.

    1. I have a hard time believing something that vague meets the standard of a criminal threat.

    2. “I’m getting someone to get you

      That’s what he said she said.

      She said she said “”I said, ‘I told you I’m going to take care of that little matter,'” she said. “And he said, ‘Are you threatening me?’ I said, ‘No, I’m not threatening you. You threaten me all the time.'”

      Did she say “take care of that little matter” Maybe. Would an enforcement officer claim it was a threat and misrepresent her statement to make it look so? They do it all the time.

      1. It doesn’t matter what she said, anything less than immediate 100% obedience would be interpreted as a “terroristic threat.”

    3. “Sounds like a threat.”

      I’ll see your threat and raise you.

      “He said he was an ex-police officer,” Walker told Channel 2 Action News.

      Now, which “threat” is more credible. This cop looks like he is gunning to be a double retirement dipping cocksucker.

    4. “I’m getting someone to get you.”

      Sounds like a threat.”

      A threat of what exactly? Perhaps the “someone” was a lawyer. If their is a possible ambiguous answer then there should be no basis for a claim of a threat. The cop is guilty of projecting the all too common “worst first” scenario.

      1. Terroristic threats is a BS criminal offense as it tiptoes free speech.

        What are the magic words to a threat?

        Easiest solution is to not threaten people with any words that can be taken as they need to defend themselves.

        People have this need to tell people their actions before they never do them.

        Just sue the neighbor or code enforcement guy. That is more harmful to the defendant that a perceived threat could ever be and is 100% legal.

  10. Yes but riding that tiger sure was fun while it lasted.

  11. Well done Marietta Police Department, the danger to the public of 75-year old, barely mobile, cane-wielding seniors is frequently underestimated.

    1. The 75 year old allows and probably votes for tyrants and she then gets tyrants for local government.

      There are a bunch of Democrats hiding as Republicans here in the South. They tend to be Nanny-Staters.

      At least when they are exposed they can be removed from office quicker if people had the motivation to do so.

      1. There are also many control freaks in the GOP.

        Check out what’s been happening recently in Olmos Park here in TX:

        They had a local ordinance banning open carry in clear violation with TX State Law.

        1. They call them RINOs.

          Democrats who cannot get elected in a certain conservative area so they call themselves Republicans.

          1. They call them RINOs.

            Or just Republicans.

  12. “but it’s also a day and age where we can’t simply ignore someone making threats.”

    Something, something, governments should be afraid of their people.

    1. “but it’s also a day and age where we can’t simply ignore someone making threats.”

      Something, something, governments should be afraid of their the people.


  13. Starts to read about the officious pricks in government harassing an elderly woman…….

    ” Walker, who says she calls code enforcement a lot to complain about her neighbors”

    finds something else to get upset about.

    Live by the sword, die by it. It’s exactly people like this woman who perpetuate the “importance” of code enforcement.

  14. 1. Ms. Walker is the civil version the Trump-supports for strict immigration law enforcement. Morally, violating the building code is exactly the same as overstaying a visa. Funny that cheaper landscaping services might reduce the number of unkept lawn violators.
    2. Guaranteed that McPhilamny said “you can beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride”.

  15. Know your weapon. She pointed hers at her neighbors and it went off in her face.

  16. “The standards for the government are and should be higher.”

    Bwahahahaha. Is this Reason or Reader’s Digest’s, “All in a Days Work?”

    Comply or die, mother fuckers. Speaking in goobermint 3rd person, of course. It should replace “To Protect and Serve” because it is way more genuine.

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  18. Makes me want to scream. This is what we get from military-sourced police forces whose minds and methods are still in a Middle East war zone. All American police officers should be civilian sourced ONLY!

  19. Being 75 is no excuse for bad behavior IF she is lying.

  20. So the lady calls code enforcement to harass her neighbors, then complains when the Gestapo-on-call won’t do what she demands? Sounds like a person who doesn’t like the power when it is turned on her.

  21. You shall not Dis the STASI!
    And, YES, the process is the punishment.

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