Leonard Stannis Embody of Brentwood, Tennessee — sometimes referred to locally as the “Radnor Lake Rambo” because of his penchant for carrying weapons in inappropriate places such as a public park at Radnor Lake — had all charges against him dismissed by Nashville judge Randall Wyatt on Tuesday.
Wyatt explained that because Embody had permits for the gun and silencer, he had not violated the law because the law does not require him to produce a permit, only to have one.
Police arrested Embody on July 29 2013 when they observed him walking around in front of the courthouse clad in body armor and carrying what appeared to be a rifle on his back in a moldable plastic case. When police approached him and asked to see his permit for the gun and silencer and inquired as to whether the gun was loaded, Embody stubbornly refused to speak.
The judge ruled on Tuesday that while Embody could have ended the entire situation at the time by simply cooperating with the police, he had done nothing illegal and therefore the charges had to be dismissed. Apparently, heavily-armed white guys don’t get murdered for not cooperating with police.
Police even commended Wyatt for handling the event properly under the circumstances.
This is not the first time that Embody has created this sort of a stir, and if the past is any indication the police can expect to find themselves back in court with him shortly.
In December of 2010 Embody was confronted by a park ranger in Radnor State Park where he was carrying a loaded AK-47 pistol, metro police were called and they determined that because the gun was a pistol it did not violate the rules prohibiting guns in the park. Embody retaliated against the park ranger by filing a lawsuit against him.
One month after that incident, in January of 2011 Embody was again detained by police in Belle Meade, Tennessee carrying a black powder pistol known as an Army-Navy pistol in his hand. Embody insisted that he was doing nothing illegal but the police held a different opinion. That encounter with the police cost Embody his carry permit for a handgun.
Lt. Robert Ackerman of the Belle Meade Police Department wrote to the Tennessee Department of Safety recommending that Embody’s carry permit be revoked because he believed him to be a threat to public safety although he had not as yet violated any laws. The department agreed and revoked the permit, a move which Lt. Ackerman said was a favor to all gun owners and the general public since Embody was not of a mindset that comported with safety.
Embody is expected to soon be out on the streets with his gun passing out literature and professing his great affection for the Constitution which is why he claims to do the less than rational things he does. More than likely he will find himself sooner or later in another courtroom as well.
Chanel 5 reports on Embody’s case.
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