Two armed men wishing to make a statement stormed a Michigan police station equipped with handguns, ski masks, body armor, and automatic rifles to see if the law enforcement were honoring the Constitution and respected people’s rights. One of the perpetrators told local reporters that people are allowed by law to openly carry legally owned firearms. However, it all started on the streets of Michigan.
The armed men identified as 40-year-old Brandon Vreeland of Jackson and 24-year-old James Baker of Leonard now face multiple charges, including failure to cooperate with police and breaching the peace. They were released on bond.
It all started when patrolling police officers noticed the men sitting in a car wearing vests and tactical masks near a local shopping center. The suspects managed to flee the scene before the officers had any chance to ask them some questions. However, law enforcement officers intercepted them in a park, a few miles away, shortly afterward.
The authorities conducted a traffic stop to search the men and their vehicle but found no weapons in their car at the time. According to the official report, the attackers then drove to the police headquarters to confront the authorities. While James Baker was making his statement dressed in body armor and holding a handgun and an Ap-14 firearm, Brandon Vreeland was recording the whole thing.
Even though the armed men failed to cooperate at first, police officers managed to take them into custody without incident. Afterward, Michigan authorities seized their guns, a Glock 19 handgun, a loaded AP-14 firearm, an AR-15 rifle, and AK-47, and their equipment consisting of body armor and vests.
“It was pretty clear based on the cameras that they were there to make a statement”, said Dearborn police Lieutenant Gary Mann.
In the meantime, the Open Carry Michigan community was condemning the armed men’s actions. Attorney Terry Johnson said that while the men were confronting the police and making their statement, at least ninety-five percent were wondering what was going to the attackers’ heads. Following the confrontation, the Open Carry Michigan community says the men’s actions made the rest of the people who can legally own and carry a firearm look bad in the eyes of the law.
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