On April 8, 2022, Darius Rice, a military veteran, and current military contractor, was handcuffed and body-slammed by Clinch County Sheriff Stephen Tinsley while he tried to leave a QuikTrip gas station in Henry County.
Rice’s attorney, Latrice Latin Alexander, tells us, “As Rice was leaving the QT restroom, a white woman backed into him while she was at the coffee bar. Rice asked to be excused and continued walking.” The woman, later identified as April Tinsley, quickly accused Rice of grabbing her butt and demanded her husband, the elected Sherriff of Clinch County, to arrest him on the spot.
The Sherriff then handcuffed Rice and threw him to the ground, where he temporarily lost consciousness. Rice’s girlfriend became aware of what was occurring and pulled out her phone to record the incident; Mrs. Tinsley pursued to snatch the phone out of her hand and threw it in the back seat of their unmarked truck with a prisoner inmate they were transporting. This encounter led to a scuffle between the two; while several witnesses were recording.
Henry County Police Department, assisted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the call and arrived on the scene. According to the police report, Henry County police viewed security footage from QuikTrip that showed Rice accidentally bumping into Mrs. Tinsley and making an apologizing hand gesture. The officer states, “it did not look as if Mr. Darius purposely or intentionally grabbed or groped Ms. Tinsley’s buttocks.”
However, the Clinch County Sherriff insisted he still gets charged. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged him with a sexual battery as a professional courtesy, ruining his life within moments.