Preacher Jailed by Cedar Grove Cops

A local minister has been released after spending the night in the Bay County jail. He's not someone who would normally find himself behind bars, but he ended up in with battery charges.

Jim Raines is a retired minister at the Hiland Park United Methodist church, but is still active in the church.

Sunday night he was helping church staff members with a homeless man who was intoxicated.
One of the staff members had contacted Cedar Grove police for some help. One officer was on the scene, when things apparently got out of hand.

Rev. Raines told us, "We were doing what ministers do, counseling this fellow trying to figure out what to do with him. And he came in here and took over. And before you know I was on the floor with my hand stretched up to my shoulder blades and he had me and took me to the squad car."

According to witnesses, the "He" Raines is referring is a Cedar Grove police lieutenant named Gilmore. They say Gilmore began yelling at Raines. When Raines tried to explain the situation, he claims Lt. Gilmore told him to be quiet, then threw him to the floor and handcuffed him. "He didn't tell me I was under arrest. He didn't tell me anything. The next thing I know is I am the Bay County jail."

Raines says he never raised his voice toward Gilmore. And he says Gilmore never gave him a chance to explain the situation.

He also says assaulting a police officer is the last thing he's capable of doing. "I am an 82 year old man who is weak, stumbles around. Do you think I am going to tackle and assault a 6-2 240-pound cop? I got better sense than that."

For now Rev. Raines is charged with battery on a law enforcement office, which is a misdemeanor.

We attempted to contact the Cedar Grove police department a number of times Monday afternoon and evening. The main police station number has been forwarded to the Bay County sheriff's office.

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