Does ‘Mostly Peaceful’ Include Firearms?
Law Enforcement Nightmare Continues With Gun Arrest
By Dell Hill
a law enforcement standpoint, the worst case scenario is one that
involves weapons. Police officers across the country are fully aware of
the fact that at least some of the protesters involved in the “occupy”
movement are armed...or are seldom far away from...weapons of some kind.
I doubt strongly that we’ve heard about armed protesters, simply
because once the word gets out it becomes a copy-cat kind of thing. The
next thing you know, weapons of one kind or another start showing up
everywhere. Therefore, if the press doesn’t ask, the police probably
won’t volunteer the information regarding weapons unless that fact is
directly associated with an arrest.
And now it begins.
Cops busted a man from Youngstown, Ohio this weekend for driving around the OWS protest and Lower Manhattan with an unregistered gun.
enforcement said Joshua Fellows, 32, had a .45-calibre handgun and 32
rounds of ammunition in a truck he’d rented in North Carolina.
was originally busted on Thursday at 12:40 p.m. at Broadway and
Exchange Place on a reckless driving charge after cops saw up to 40
people jumping in and out of the Budget rental truck
seized the truck and found the gun during a search, and found Fellows
Saturday at 9:10 p.m. at West Street and Rector Place.
He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, arraigned, and was later released.
all police arrested five people during the weekend, including Fellows, a
protester who threw liquid in a cop’s face and another alleged groper
for attacking a woman, cops said today.”
the disposition (thus far) of this protester’s case. “Charged with
criminal possession of a weapon, arraigned, and was later released”.
When any angry crowd realizes “it’s as simple as that”, more weapons
will start to appear.
the vast majority of the media continue to describe these events as
“mostly peaceful”, which is about the same as saying a lady is “a little