Jamal Paris, one of the 4 men who recently settled a sexual misconduct lawsuit against Bishop Eddie Long, posed for the above mugshot after being arrested a few days ago in his new home of Miami Beach, Florida.
Jamal, the oldest of the accusers was the only one to publicly provide lengthy, in-depth details about the allegations. First in a startling open letter to Long, then in an emotional video after being ambushed by Fox I-Team reporters.
Parris is now back in the news after facing a bit of legal problems stemming from drugs and weapons. *sigh*
According to the arrest report, around 6:28 p.m. on Tuesday (June 28, 2011), Parris was driving his brand new 2011 BMW 328i when a trooper pulled him over after noticing “a weathered temporary tag”.
The trooper noted he “smelled a strong and distinct odor of marijuana.” During the stop, Parris told the trooper he had a “firearm in a bag” in the back seat.
The officer wrote that he found the gun and “50 small clear zip lock bags” consistent with selling pot.
The report says that Parris had “$1,251″ in cash in his pocket and in the trunk, officers found “181 grams” “of “suspected marijuana.”
The trooper felt all the evidence was “indicative of a drug dealer” and Parris was arrested. He was charged with felony count of marijuana distribution and use of firearm during commission of a felony and bonded out later that night.
Parris had apparently been living in Miami only 3 short weeks prior to the incident. Sources close to the case revealed to Fox5 I-Team:
“Parris moved to Miami to “attend Miami Dade College” and had already registered for school. He “bought a handgun in Atlanta for protection.”
The BMW was paid for with “money from the Long settlement.” Parris has told friends he just wanted to finish college in Miami.
I told y’all a while ago this case may be settled but it’s far from over. Now these traumatized young men have a pocket full of dough (settlement info) but many apparently still haven’t faced their demons.
Just FYI… another accuser, Anthony Boyd, one of the men accused of breaking into Bishop Eddie Long’s church, faced a judge on those charges last week and is said to have showed up to court with a limo driver.
Again… a POCKET FULLA DOUGH and still fighting.
These young men will forever be haunted by Long and what he “allegedly” did to them behind closed doors and I’m praying that they each one day find peace.
What are your thoughts on Jamal Parris’ Miami arrest? Was he “dealing drugs” or numbing his pain?
(Shout out to @SilentButSmart for the tip!)