Remember how the right-wing attack Michael Brown after Officer Darrin Wilson murdered him? The phrase “if you attack an officer/assault an officer, you should expect to get shot” got flung around a lot.
I have to admit, that’s how I expected this video posted by Moms Demand Action would end. I fully expected this video of an Open Carry lunatic, confronting law enforcement with a gun and a video camera, bad mouthing the police after causing a school to go under lockdown, would end with him getting shot.
I didn’t give the police enough credit in some ways, and too much credit in other ways, because in the end, not only did the man that Freakout Nation identified as Shawn Nixon of the Hell’s Saints group not get shot, he didn’t even get arrested.
The police didn’t even invoke “disturbing the peace,” the generic catch-all reason for arrest, to hogtie this crazy dangerous lunatic. And if there was ever a better reason to invoke “disturbing the peace,” I can’t think of one. According to Freakout Nation, he dressed himself up in camouflage and marched right up to a school, because he apparently lives in a world where school shootings are not a thing (that is, not this one).
A flurry a 9-11 calls ensued — because again, he’s in camouflage and he’s carrying a gun up to a school — and when the police arrived, he began to verbally accost them. It’s like he thought he was Sean Hannity. While he was doing this, the school was on lock-down, and the teachers and students were likely huddling in the dark, trying not to relive the countless news stories of school shootings they’d heard.
It’s his treatment of the police that floored me. At various points, he tells the cops to “Shut up” and says “Yeah, I’m talking to you, tough guy.” When the officer rests his hand on the pistol, Sean takes offense, despite the semi-automatic he’s got strapped to his back, and asks if he can rest his hand on his gun, too. It’s like this guy is doing everything he can to get shot.
That he didn’t even get arrested — not even for disturbing the peace — is amazing.
If he’d been Black, the right-wing would be trumpeting that all Black men are violent thugs. Oh, and he’d be dead; the gun wouldn’t even have to be real.
Watch the video below: