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Michigan Open Carrier Suing Police for (alleged) illegal detainment: video released

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A police car dash cam video obtained by MLive and The Grand Rapids Press shows the encounter between Grand Rapids Police officers and open-carry advocate Johann Deffert that sparked a federal lawsuit.

Deffert's suit - filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids - is against the city, Police Chief Kevin Belk, Officer William Moe and two other officers.

In response to request for video of the encounter, the city has released in-car video of the March 3 incident. The camera view shows only a portion of the encounter, but it captures extensive audio from the day in question.

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Quick Update:

City defends the officer's actions.

Mlive article here

This case could be huge for 2 amendment activists. It deserves more attention.

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Its not against the law to open carry
So the cop acted out of fear,they all should be sued
1) for not following the 2nd amendment
2) breaking the law for open carry in MICH
I am here because people are fired up?!?! This constitutes
breaking the law in the cops eyes? I guess I should watch myself
I always fire people up :)But I am not going to

Leave an indelible mark on all of those that you meet.
OH... have fun day :)