Success: Criminal Charges Dropped Against Grieving Father

gene nix bridge

Target: White County District Attorney Jeff Langley

Goal: Thank attorney for dropping charges against man who tried to make bridge safer after his daughter died on it.

After his daughter died in a car crash at the Gene Nix Bridge, Hamilton was arrested by the White County police for attempting to erect a barricade to make the bridge safer. Following a meeting with District Attorney Jeff Langley, Shannon Hamilton has been officially cleared from criminal charges of “[interfering] with government property.”

The news came about due to the voices and support from the community on petition sites, including ForceChange. Many supporters felt that the arrest and punishment were far too cruel because Hamilton had good intentions behind setting up the barricade. His 16-year-old daughter and her friend had died in a fatal car crash on the bridge, and he believed that something as simple as a barrier would have saved their lives.

Despite his numerous attempts to convince the county to make the bridge safer for the community, he was ignored and felt it was necessary to do the job himself. All the materials were donated to him from neighbors. In a sense, the barricade he constructed was a combined effort by the community not only to make the bridge safer but to honor the lives of Hamilton’s daughter and her friend.

Thankfully, White County finally agrees with both the online and local communities and dropped all criminal charges against Hamilton. Please sign this petition to thank District Attorney Jeff Langley for clearing Shannon Hamilton of his charges.


Dear Jeff Langley,

I want to thank you for dropping the criminal charges of interfering with government property against Shannon Hamilton, who only had good intentions in attempting to set up a barricade at the Gene Nix Bridge. The result of such punishment could have been up to five years in prison, which would be incredibly unreasonable of White County to inflict upon a grieving father. Hamilton definitely did not deserve to be punished for trying to make the community a safer place or for honoring his daughter’s life, and I am glad that you were also able to come to the same conclusion.

Hamilton will now be able to mourn without the added stress of possibly heading to prison for a number of years. I hope that similar cases in the future will also be handled with a bit more sensitivity. Again, I thank you for doing the right thing and clearing Shannon Hamilton of his charges.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Shannon Hamilton

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