Joshua Garton, 28, left, posted a an image of two people urinating on a grave with a photo of slain sheriff’s officer Daniel Baker, right, photoshopped on to it. The fake image was taken from an album cover of the The Rites’ 2009 album Pissing On Your Grave.
Update: A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Nashville on Tuesday on behalf of Garton, Joshua Andrew Garton, who was charged after posting fake photo of men urinating on a slain officer’s grave.
The lawsuit claims Garton was the victim of “false arrest and malicious prosecution” with authorities “incarcerating him for weeks and broadcasting his mugshot and the fact of his arrest to news media and the public in retaliation for disrespecting police.”
According to the lawsuit, Garton is disabled and suffers from mental illness.
New York Daily News
Jan 24, 2021 – A Tennessee man was arrested Friday for allegedly creating and sharing a fake photo of two men urinating on the grave of a local police officer.
Joshua Andrew Garton, 28, was charged with harassment for “manufacturing and disseminating” the image on social media, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
“Just showing my respect to deputy Daniel Baker,” the photo was captioned.
Baker was shot and killed in May 2018 while investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle. The trial of his alleged killer, Steven Joshua Wiggins, has been postponed until October 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials confirmed that Baker’s gravesite was untouched.
Garton is being held at the Dickson County Jail on a $76,000 bond.
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