Valdosta Georgia: Lowndes County Magistrate Judge Joni Parker set Eric Sheppards bail at $25,000 on Friday according to court records. Sheppards bond has several conditions:
- Sheppard will be required to reside with his mother in Cobb County and will not be allowed to leave the county unless attending court, meeting with an attorney or seeking attention for a medical emergency.
- Sheppard will be confined to his mother’s home between 7 p.m.-7 a.m. each day, a curfew that will be supervised through an ankle-monitoring system.
- The Southern District Attorney’s Office will receive daily reports of Sheppard’s movements, and he will be required to pay the costs of the monitoring.
- Sheppard will not be allowed to be in the presence or near vicinity of any firearms or any other weapon. Any firearms that he or his parents own must be turned over to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office before his release
One has to ask this question if you observe the Eric Sheppard situation. A month ago, when the flag demonstrations were happening, this was being covered all over the news. It was considered a very controversial hot topic. This website received over 220,000 shares when we covered Erica Walker stepping on an American flag in front of US soldiers. Over the past month, interest in the #ericsheppardchallenge story has steadily declined to the point where it’s undetectable by google trends. His arrest was only reported in the local newspaper on Friday, most people, including a lot of his supporters, didn’t even realize this.
When there were flag demonstrations in McKinney Texas after the Eric Casebolt pool incident controversy the media referred to the people burning the flag as #blacklivesmatter crowd. It would appear that interest in the Eric Sheppard Challenge is at an all time low as the media no longer calls it by name.