Police were looking for Gregory Richardson, 43, after a video of him pointing a rifle at a rider during the We the Free People of Lansing protests surfaced a week ago. The event took place on June 17, at the intersection of East Michigan and Foster avenues, where the rally was taking place. Richardson was not a member of We the Free People of Lansing but was working for another Second Amendment group that was either hired or volunteered to provide security for the event.
The incident started when the protest leader, Paul Birdsong, prevented the motorcycle from accessing the road occupied by protesters.
"You're not going this way. This way is not an option," Birdsong said.
One of the armed men said he would protect the crowd if the rider decided to run over it.
"If you're going to run us over, I'm going to protect my crowd," an unidentified person said in the video.
The footage showed Richardson pointing his rife at the rider, while his fellow guard had his firearm pointing to the ground.
"You can't ride anywhere in this direction," Birdsong said. "The problem is, we told you to stop, and you revved your engine."
The rider started arguing with the protesters and claimed that one of the armed men disengaged his firearm's safety lock, ready to shoot him.
Richardson's attorney, Lucas Dillon, said his client could not allow the rider to run over the group he was hired to protect. He added that Richardson had no criminal record and supported the Second Amendment. Dillon hopes to negotiate the case for alternative sentencing considering nobody was hurt in the incident.
Although Richardson acted to protect others, his actions were unjustified considering the protesters had no right to block the road. The encounter resembled the Atlanta fatal shooting of an 8-year-old after her mother attempted parking when the Black Lives Matter demonstrators blocked her way on 1238 Pryor Road.
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