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Remember that time, back at Nutbag Camp, when this pack of dudes demanded that the Federal Officials executing a legal Federal Warrant were "overstepping" their authority, and then one guy who had been among a set of "freedom fighters" who were their to oppose those law enforcement officers, went out and killed two cops?

Remember what they looked like?

Like this.

Remember what happened when they were seen walking down the street with a cart full of ammunition? Nothing.

Around 5:45 Sunday morning, Fielder told CNN, the couple were awake. They had a cart full of ammunition. What were they doing? she asked.

They told her they were "going underground," Fielder said.

"The revolution has begun," Jerad Miller told Fielder.

"I should have called the cops," she said Monday. "I'm so, so, so sorry -- to everybody. I'm sorry."

But nobody did.  Everybody was surprised when this guy and his girlfriend who stockpiled guns and went around spouting anti-government rhetoric like this, turned out to actually mean what they were saying.  Nobody called the cops.
“Watching the tyrant Obama stand on the graves of children to push this agenda has opened a lot of peoples eyes to how pathetic this push for gun control really is,” Jerad Miller wrote. “The fact that Obama may be baiting the next civil war with this action is disturbing. Millions would die in the event of civil war, many of them, would be unarmed civilians just speaking out against Obama and the (National Defense Authorization Act).”
People like the Millers were terrified that jack-booted thugs were coming to take their guns away, to take away their freedom, to attack and control them, force them to submit and to obey to their governmental whims.

They were certain that the days of unrest were right around the corner, that revolution was coming, that arms would be taken up, and blood would be shed.

They were right.  And they were wrong, dead wrong.

Is this how the authorities responded to Cliven Bundy and his crew? Not so much.

Just imagine if Chris Lollie, who instead of insisting on exercising his 5th amendment right to remain silent when police decided to question him for suspiciously sitting in public had been armed and had insisted on demanding his 2nd Amendment Rights?

[I actually have a hard time with this video once he drops his camera and video goes out and you can hear him pleading desperately, in clear abject panic, for "someone to help me". It's kind of heart breaking that, of course, no one does, that the people he's pleading out to were the ones who probably called the police on him for sitting in a threatening manner and that his kids are probably close enough to see all of this happen.]

Or how much more quickly things would've gone south with this for Gregory Towns....

Towns had left his girlfriend’s home and was in the process of leaving the property when the patrol car arrived. He ran for almost a mile before he fell. When the officers reached him, he was already on the ground. At 6’3″ and about 275 pounds, the subject was too much for the officers to manhandle.

Ordered to get on his feet, he told the police that he needed to rest a few minutes. Even after he was tased with a five-second charge, Towns (who had a heart condition) still claimed he was too tired to move. The officers, Sergeant Marcus Eberhart and Corporal Howard Weems, helped him to his feet but he sat back down again, complaining of exhaustion.

The two police officers who’d chased him began to use their Tasers like cattle prods.
When Gregory fell down an embankment and into a creek, they continued to trigger their electroshock weapons. One of the two managed to even shock himself because he fired while standing in water.

Eberhart wrote, in his official report of the incident, that:

    “We could not get Towns out of the creek due to his size and weight. Towns was quiet and not speaking. I then checked his neck for a pulse. I was wet and cold and could not get a clear pulse.”

Neither could paramedics who arrived on the scene. Gregory Towns was dead.

Or Henry Davis, who was mistakenly - let me repeat mistakenly - arrested and beated by Ferguson PD and then charged with "property damage" for bleeding on their uniforms.

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, once charged a man with destruction of property for bleeding on their uniforms while four of them allegedly beat him.

“On and/or about the 20th day of Sept. 20, 2009 at or near 222 S. Florissant within the corporate limits of Ferguson, Missouri, the above named defendant did then and there unlawfully commit the offense of ‘property damage’ to wit did transfer blood to the uniform,” reads the charge sheet.


The address is the headquarters of the Ferguson Police Department, where a 52-year-old welder named Henry Davis was taken in the predawn hours on that date. He had been arrested for an outstanding warrant that proved to actually be for another man of the same surname, but a different middle name and Social Security number.

“I said, ‘I told you guys it wasn’t me,’” Davis later testified.

He recalled the booking officer saying, “We have a problem.”

The booking officer had no other reason to hold Davis, who ended up in Ferguson only because he missed the exit for St. Charles and then pulled off the highway because the rain was so heavy he could not see to drive.


“I told the police officers there that I didn’t do nothing, ‘Why is you guys doing this to me?’” Davis testified. “They said, ‘OK, just lay on the ground and put your hands behind your back.’”

Davis said he complied and that a female officer straddled and then handcuffed him. Two other officers crowded into the cell.

“They started hitting me,” he testified. “I was getting hit and I just covered up.”

The other two stepped out and the female officer allegedly lifted Davis’ head as the cop who had initially pushed him into the cell reappeared.

“He ran in and kicked me in the head,” Davis recalled. “I almost passed out at that point… Paramedics came… They said it was too much blood, I had to go to the hospital.”

Or Charles Beck who was mistakenly identified as a Bank Robber in Beverly Hills.
Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, finger printed and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.

Within an evening, I was wrongly arrested, locked up, denied a phone call, denied explanation of charges against me, denied ever being read my rights, denied being able to speak to my lawyer for a lengthy time, and denied being told that my car had been impounded…..All because I was mis-indentified as the wrong “tall, bald head, black male,” ... "fitting the description."

I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know at the time that I was a law abiding citizen of the community and that in my 51 years of existence, had never been handcuffed or arrested for any reason. All they saw, was someone fitting the description. Doesn't matter if he's a "Taye Diggs BLACK", a "LL Cool J BLACK", or "a Drake BLACK".

These guys weren't able to exercise their rights while sitting, walking, sitting at a stop light or paying their parking meter - but imagine - JUST IMAGINE - if they had been demanding their rights to open carry a fire arm also?

What if they'd been pushing a shopping cart full of ammo down the street?  Would they have even gotten ten yards?  Twenty yards?  The Millers went halfway across town without being questioned, without being noticed, without anyone making any fuss what-so-ever, then they killed two cops and a bystanding shopper.

No one thought they were "serious" with all the violent rhetoric they were spouting.  No one thought it might be possible that Chris Lollie, Gregory Towns, Henry Davis and Charlie Beck were all innocent - until proven other wise.

Until after they were arrested, humiliated, beated, choked, tased, and then the charges were dropped.  Until after Gregory Town died of cardiac arrest from being tased 13 times in a row because he had a heart condition.

Is it always like that? No. Jerad Miller had been arrested multiple times and had a long "rap sheet" unlike all these other guys, so it's not like he was always under the radar.

He was just completely under the radar at the exact moment he needed to be to do some serious damange.

Oh, and one last one thing, I wrote this song 15 years ago and it includes the line "Stand Your Ground"... seems fitting.

It's called "Justified."


Originally posted to Vyan on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 09:25 AM PDT.

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