Brian Gail Olsen loves his Jesus. This proud, flag-waving redneck believes in an armed populace, Christian supremacy, country music, and drunkenly threatening Iraqi students just because.
Olsen, a 42 year-old resident of Boise, Idaho, was arrested on Tuesday after he and some friends stopped to bully a group of students whose only crime was sitting around listening to music. According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office the five students, whose ages range between 16-20, were parked at an overlook taking pictures and listening to some tunes when Olsen and some friends pulled up in a pickup truck.
The students say Olsen got out of his vehicle, multiple beer cans falling from the pickup as he did so, and began screaming slurs at them before ripping a necklace off one of the teens’ heads and knocking a can of soda from his hand. He then grabbed another student by the collar and asked if the boy could swim — a reference to the river below them. He spat at them, rummaged through their car, took a soccer ball, and flung it into the road.
The students, all of whom attend a local high school, said the man reeked of alcohol. As Olsen was leaving, the students snapped photos of the truck’s license plate with their cell phones and reported the incident to the school resource officer.
Deputies caught up with Olsen and questioned him on Tuesday, then took him into custody. He has been charged with felony malicious harassment and has been cited with misdemeanor citations for littering, unlawful entry, and driving without a valid license. Olsen faces up to five years in prison for the harassment charge.
Police are still attempting to identify the other men who were with Olsen.
“I’m glad this pig has been arrested. I work at a retail store where this guy came in a couple weeks ago. I was in the parking lot when he was pulling in. I could hear him hollering something from his vehicle before he was even in our parking lot,” one commenter wrote on KTVB’s report of Olsen’s arrest. “He came into the store on some business and was nearly tossed out for just being belligerent . As he was getting back into his vehicle to leave, an African family pulled up and started getting out of their vehicle to come in. He almost immediately spun back around to make some ignorant comments toward them.”
Despite his horrific bigotry and terrible actions, Olsen feels a sense of superiority because he is ‘Murikan, as is indicated by his Facebook posts — and, as it turns out, he’s the perfect postermanchild for the Tea Party. A man who idolizes the “Three Percenters” militia, whose leader threatened civil war at Nevada welfare cowboy Cliven Bundy’s ranch, numerous posts by Olsen glorify the “one nation under God” lie, the flag, and Jesus.
We’re sure he’s just misunderstood, though. It’s not like he’s such a detestable person that he would make awful remarks about anyone who ins’t a white, Christian male.