Open carrying property owner arrested after confronting a trespasser, footage erased but recoveredSubmitted by RandySea on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 05:48
A man in Crawford County, Mich., was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on Sunday after he called authorities about a trespassing suspect on his property, his wife (Heather) tells TheBlaze. There are also serious allegations being made about officers demanding that video footage of the incident — taken by the man’s wife — be deleted.
Thomas Donald, a military veteran, was reportedly out hunting with his 11-year-old son and armed with an “unloaded” single-shot .410-gauge shotgun (his son chose to use a crossbow instead) when he confronted a man riding a dirt bike on his 10 acres of land. The man and his son then reportedly escorted the trespasser to the front of his property and told his wife, Heather, to call the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to file a “recreational trespass.”
Heather says she turned to walk away from the officers, but put the cellphone on the railing of her front porch after she was threatened with obstruction of justice charges. The deputies then allegedly confiscated the phone temporarily, but returned it to her before they left.
Sorry for the long title, I couldn't think of a more concise way to portray this story.
Just a fyi, Open carry is 100% legal in Michigan, except for a few 'gun free zones' which if you have a concealed permit you can open carry (subjectively). However, the gun-hating legislators are starting to move to fill in that 'loophole' as they call it.
This video is a tell-tale sign of what is to come.