Open-carry advocates walked into a police station with a loaded rifle. Officers were not amused. – The Washington Post – As the two men approached a police station in Dearborn, Mich., on Sunday, one of them looked into the camera he was holding and explained — via Facebook Live — what their intentions were.
They claimed to have been illegally pulled over about an hour earlier and wanted to file a complaint, said James Baker, wearing a dark balaclava over his face.
Next to him, his friend Brandon Vreeland — toting a camera on a tripod — agreed “100 percent.”
Baker turned the camera back toward himself to more clearly reveal a rifle slung across his chest, body armor and a GoPro camera attached to his left shoulder.
“We felt a little afraid for our lives when we were pulled over,” Baker said, “so we figure we better protect ourselves.”
The pair — who describe themselves as open-carry advocates and frequently post videos of their interactions with police — entered the station and walked through another set of doors. Within seconds, a cacophony of shouts echoed throughout the lobby.
“Dude, put that on the ground!” someone can be heard yelling. “Put it on the ground!”
The camera captured two officers at the end of a hallway, appearing to point their weapons at Baker and Vreeland. Soon after, the video cut off, but the phone continued to record the chaotic scene unfolding.
“Put it on the ground or you are dead!” an officer bellows. “I will shoot you! I will put a round in you, sir! Put that rifle on the ground!”
“What the hell’s the matter with you?” another officer demands.
Amid the upheaval, Baker’s voice protested: “It’s all legal, sir.”