Believe it or not, police don’t always shoot first, and ask questions later. Particularly if the most important questions have already been asked, like: “Are you white?” and “Are you an open-carry nutjob?”
Provided those answers are yes, it evidently matters little if you’re standing around in the Michigan streets, showing off your gun, drunk out of your mind, belligerent, screaming obscenities at police, threatening them and even begging them to shoot you because a revolution is coming. Nope, if you’re white and open-carry, you’re good to go. You won’t spend a night in jail for it, and you definitely won’t get shot 8-10 times.
On the one hand, we applaud Michigan police for acting like police are supposed to — that is, risking their own lives to avoid harming a member of the community, even if the person in question may be a criminal. Kudos for acting like cops should, working to de-escalate a situation rather than immediately resort to lethal force to save your own skin– as had been the case in Ferguson, Missouri and in one Walmart where a black man was gunned down for carrying a BB gun with no questions asked.
But check out this footage, and read the snippets of the 40-minute standoff below. Bear in mind that it involved no fewer than 15 police, a roadblock a drunk man with a gun who hated police — and not only were no charges pressed (not even for giving a false name, that subsequent police favorite resisting or for jaywalking), the gentleman got his gun back from police later after sobering up. And ask yourself this:
If this man were black, would he have even had time to put his hands up?
If he weren’t a white open-carry ammosexual, would the police have been so gentle and understanding?
Gordon: Hey partner, how you doing? Can you set that down real quick and talk to me?
Houseman: I’m not setting it down.
Gordon: Well you can’t cross the street like that.
Houseman: Am I being detained?
Gordon: Yes, you are being detained right now. You crossed the street illegally. Place the weapon down on the ground please.
Houseman: I will not.
Gordon radios that it appears the man will not drop his rifle.
Gordon: “Look, you crossed the street illegally; I just want to talk to you. I just want to talk to you. You’re walking around here scaring people, man.
Houseman give the officer a fake name.
Houseman: I am free to go?
Gordon: “No, you’re not free to go. Right now you’re committing a crime of resisting and obstructing (for failing to identify himself after being stopped for jaywalking). Now you’ve stepped up to a misdemeanor crime.
Houseman: Why don’t you (expletive) shoot me?
Gordon: I don’t want to shoot you; I’m not here to do that.
Houseman starts talking about a coming revolution, calls the police “gang members” with a “history of violence.” A pretty apt observation. He can be seen grabbing his crotch and making lewd gestures toward the officer, possibly prosecutable as sexual battery or assault on a LEO. Gordon turns over the proceedings to trained negotiator Lt. Stacey Geik. He can be heard cursing at him while fumbling in his pockets for tobacco.
After an exchange, Houseman agrees to set the weapon down. the police take it, since carrying a weapon while drunk is illegal in Michigan. He refuses a breathalyzer test.
Geik offers to allow Houseman to walk home, or to drive him home to sober up. He says he can retrieve the weapon later. Houseman demands it back right then.
Geik: But you’re not stable mentally, which now takes you away from that rifle.
Houseman: I’m not stable mentally? How do you decide that?
Geik: You’re damn right. How did this happen with open carry? What are you supposed to do when you contact law enforcement? Do you say, ‘I hate you mother(expletive), (expletive) you? I hate you, there’s a revolution coming.’ Do you say that? Is that what you’re taught?
Houseman: It was wrong of me.
Geik: You saying (expletive), (expletive), (expletive) and yelling across the street with a rifle in your hands …
Houseman: That’s my First Amendment right.
Geik: No it’s not. You can’t swear.
Houseman: That’s bull—. I can threaten you if I want to.
Geik: That’s incorrect.
Houseman: I can threaten you. I can threaten you’re family. I didn’t threaten your family, I said I could.
Unidentified officer: You said a war was coming.
Houseman: I didn’t say a war was coming.
Unidentified officer: You said a revolution is coming.
Houseman: Think about it. You know it is. I’m trying to raise awareness.
The conversation continues, with the officer even chiding Houseman for his behavior, and how it reflects on the Second Amendment Open Carry movement:
Geik: As I stated 12 minutes ago, you’re not detained. You were detained initially because the officer was trying to have a conversation with you, a legal, lawful, allowed, non-intruding Fourth Amendment conversation and when you start screaming obscenities and grabbing your genitals armed with a rifle, you crossed the line.
Houseman: I apologize. I have a bad attitude because we’re losing our rights.
Geik: They might as well put up a billboard right now that says the Second Amendment is junk because of people like this.
Houseman: I apologize.
Geik: I accept your apology, I don’t apologize on our end.
If anybody’s wondering, tomorrow is officially “Put on Your 2A Shirt, Get Drunk, Carry an Assault Rifle Around Town, and See What You Can Get Away With” Day.
But only for white people.
For everyone else, it’s “Don’t Get Shot” Tuesday.