Less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to fly out of Florida to Ferguson to continue his public records investigation into the Michael Brown shooting death, PINAC crew member Charlie Grapski was hospitalized against his will after being accused of making violent threats on Twitter.
Grapski, who is on probation after he was arrested and almost killed for exposing corruption in Alachua County, was asked to come back into the probation office today after he had already been granted permission on Monday to leave the state.
“They told me I needed to fill out more paperwork, which should have been a red flag for me,” he said in a telephone conversation from the Park Place Behavioral Healthcare facility in Kissimmee.
But as soon as he arrived, he was informed that his permission to travel out of the state was being revoked because he had been tweeting that he was flying to Ferguson to commit acts of violence, which is a complete lie. I see all his tweets on Facebook and that surely would have drawn my attention as well as the attention of his followers.
“When I asked her to show me the threats, she wouldn’t,” he said.
He said he left the office angry and sat in a car with his father outside the building to call his lawyer when a SWAT team arrived and arrested him, transporting him to the mental health facility under the Baker Act, which is a state law that allows up to 72 hours detainment of citizens if they show signs of mental illness along with signs they are a threat to themselves or others.
You can read through his Twitter feed here. There are no threats. Just assurances that he will do all he can to hold Ferguson officials accountable for their actions, which, of course, is the reason why he has been on probation since 2009 as he explains in detail in a prior article.
You can also check out the documentary below which goes into depth about his public records investigation into Alachua County that resulted in him being beaten into a coma and placed on probation.
I asked him to repeat what he had told me in order to record it, which you can hear in the podcast above.
The number to the probation and parole office in Kissimmee is (407) 846-5215.