A Michigan lawyer is alleging that Dearborn Police Department have been using made-up Facebook accounts to track what gun enthusiasts are doing and what they are planning. The accusation comes after an armed stand –off occurred in the police station. Attorney Nicholas Somberg, says that this is a “political witch hunt”.
In an attempt to see if local police would respect their 2nd Amendment right, Brandon Vreeland, 40, and James Baker, 24, staged an experiment to see what would happen if one of them walked into a police station openly armed (as is their constitutional right) with Vreeland filming. The police were actually waiting for them with guns drawn and ready, apparently because they had been tracking the pair through fake social media accounts.
According to the Daily Caller:
“After the discovery, it is very clear that Dearborn (police) knew that they were coming, knew who they were, and planned the ambush,” said attorney Nicholas Somberg, who represents Vreeland, according to the Detroit Free Press. “It’s not that they were reacting to a situation they thought was going to be violent. They actually knew it was
“Put it on the ground or you are dead! I will shoot you. I will put a round in you. What the hell is the matter with you?” One officer can be heard screaming in the video.
Somberg alleges that not only did his client and his associate do nothing illegal, but the police were acting in a wrongful manner. He says documents show that police created a Facebook profile with the name “Olivia” and scanned publicly posted conversations on the social media platform.