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Family Outraged By Father’s Parking Ticket

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COLUMBUS, GA - A family is outraged in Georgia where a retired Army First Sergeant was issued a parking ticket in front of his own house while he was at a hospice facility battling cancer.

Clevelin Clay checked into hospice care several weeks ago, when the side effects from his pancreatic cancer became too much to bear.

His wife stayed by his side each day, but last Thursday when she returned home she noticed a parking ticket on her husband's car, which had been parked in front of their home.

Police told the family a neighbor complained about the car. The family tried to fight the ticket, but they were told the only way that would be possible was if Clay went to records court to fight it himself.

The only way we could fight it is if my dad went to Recorders Court to fight this parking ticket, and so we should just basically take it. It's the principle of the whole thing, and we felt the same way before my mom would just pay the ticket. There's no guilt to admit to, to pay the ticket," said Clevelin Clay, Jr.

Neighbor Nelson Sanderlin saw the officer writing the ticket on April 28, and tried to explain Clay's condition, but that did not help. He recalled to WRBL, "I said, 'but he's in the hospital. He hasn't been able to do it because he's been in the hospital. He's terminally ill, and his wife doesn't mess with the car at all.' and the police officer gave me just a smug look, and threw his hand up in the air, and went back to the car and pulled off."

"This is a complete slap in the face. We come from a lot of pride. We're a big family. My dad fought for his country over 30 years. He fought for people who couldn't fight for themselves, and that's what he taught us. Right now, my dad, he can't fight for himself, so we're fighting for him. It's not the amount of the ticket. It's for what's right," Clay Jr. said.

Clevelin Clay succumbed to his illness on Monday.

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