DEARBORN (WWJ) – Two armed men, one masked, filmed themselves marching into the Dearborn Police Department to, as they said, file a complaint about the way they were treated during an earlier stop.

As the pair walk in brandishing what appear to be semi-automatic weapons around their necks, one of them with his face covered, two police officers start yelling at them to put down their weapons.

The cops tell them to put down the guns, warning that otherwise “you’re dead.” “I will put a round in you, sir,” cops tell the masked men.

“What the hell’s the matter with you?” the cops ask the 24 and 40-year-old men.

The men protest several times that what they’re doing is legal.

It was widely considered to be an open carry stunt, meant to show the rights of gun owners to carry licensed weapons.

Eventually, the men put down their weapons and comply with police orders to put their hands above their heads. They were arrested. Both men posted $1,500 bond and were released pending future court appearances.

Dearborn police said the incident began in the early afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, when they were called to the shopping district in the area of Ford and Southfield to investigate a report of two suspicious men in a vehicle wearing tactical vests and masks.

The subjects, later identified as a 24-year-old Leonard man and 40-year-old Jackson man, left the area before police arrived.

A short time later a Dearborn police sergeant on patrol observed the subjects’ occupied vehicle in a park approximately 3 miles away.  The sergeant conducted a traffic stop to investigate further.  The occupants of the vehicle were dressed in heavy tactical vests and the passenger, who refused to speak to the sergeant, was wearing a balaclava mask over his face.  After conducting a brief preliminary investigation and not observing any firearms in the passenger compartment, the sergeant released the subjects.

And then they showed up at the station.

Lt. Gary Mann said the pair wanted to claimed they wanted to file a complaint about the traffic stop they believed to be illegal.

“If you need to make a complained about a police officer, or something in law enforcement, there’s certainly a better way to do it that would not create such fear amongst law enforcement officers and the public,” Mann told WWJ’s Zahra Huber. “It was pretty clear that their intent was to alarm everybody more than to make an officer complaint.”

Mann believes the men were also trying to make a statement about the right to carry.  He added that further charges against the pair may be coming.

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad had no tolerance for the stunt, saying it was “unacceptable and irresponsible.”

“This is not a 2nd Amendment issue for me,” he added, in a statement. “We had members of the public in our lobby that fled in fear for their safety as these men entered our building. I want to express my appreciation for the many calls of support we’ve received from the community including a call from the president of Michigan Open Carry, Inc. who made it clear that he and his organization stand with law enforcement and unequivocally condemn the actions that took place in our lobby this past Sunday.”

Officers seized the loaded AP-14 firearm, rifle magazine containing (47) 7.62 rounds, a loaded Glock 19 handgun with (4) additional magazines containing 66 rounds, body armor and ballistic vests, mask, gun belt and several pieces of camera equipment. Also recovered was an AR-15 rifle along with a AK-47 style rifle.

The video was first posted on community news forum reddit, where comments largely depicted the gun carriers as dumb and using an ill-conceived way to prove a point.

“If they walked into a business or any other building I was in I’d assume they were in there to kill people,” one man wrote on reddit. “I could not blame a concealed carrier for putting a few rounds in them immediately.”

Comments (16)
  1. It’s not illegal to open carry in most public places in Michigan. Why doesn’t this article give people a little information by giving the actual laws in question here?

    I’ll tell you why it doesn’t: media loves a nice panic, and outrage. It thrives on this kind of stuff!

    1. I assumed it was legal from the article, and I doubt they would have tried this in a place where it was not legal. I am curious what point they were trying to make. Was it in favor of open carry or was it a demonstration that open carry is ludicrous (because no one can be sure of your motives when you brandish a gun)?

  2. Ken Dettloff says:

    It maybe legal, in some minds but in this day and age of Police being ambushed, executed and killed on a regular basis, these two people are morons. They make legal, law abiding citizens look bad. They are truly morons that are going to get others rights curtailed by their stunts. As for the reporting, I believe you are talking an AR-10, the which is a 7.62mm rifle, legal but stupid to carry into a police station. They are truly lucky that they weren’t killed!

    1. “In some minds” Kevin? I imagine the law in Michigan is pretty clear on where you can and can’t carry a firearm. And if it doesn’t say it is illegal in a police station and they weren’t acting threatening to the Officers present or anybody, then the cops were wrong. Sure these went a bit over the top, but there is nothing illegal about that either as long as it’s within the law.

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  3. John Andrews says:

    Michigan and other states may wish to reconsider their statutes on masked persons and their activity. I think a reasonable person seeing a masked invidual carrying a firearm (carbine rifle) into a public place or building would perceive that person as a safety threat.

  4. Rod Sias says:

    #WhitePrivilege in your face. These men would be dead if they were any color other that white, and their past lives and families criminalized to justify the shooting.

    1. You’re right, and that makes me very sad. And very angry.

  5. Doug Moore says:

    Meanwhile, if you’re black, you get shot for having your hands in your pockets. But no….no racial bias on the part of police….and no such thing as white privilege. What a sad, sick joke.

    1. Well said Doug. I wonder if they will be charged with terroristic threats as there were “public in the lobby and they fled in fear for their safety”. Oh wait no… thats only for the Muslims :) If you are Muslim, you are a terrorist… if you are a black… you are a thug… if you are white… you’re just a victim of childhood abuse and need mental help.
      I’m just glad they didn’t get shot. Such a stupid way to protest.

  6. Fred Tisdale says:

    Wearing masks, openly carrying weapons, wearing vests, walking into a police station. What part of this am I not getting? How does this not smack as a possible terrorist attack in this day and age? Regardless of religion and colour, this is an idiotic way to try and prove a point.

  7. There is a big difference between the right to do something and the right thing to do. Good things these exemplary citizens weren’t black. They’d be dead

  8. You can not fix STUPID and Ignorant people .Luck they did not get shot.The police had every right to put rounds in both of them.That was a clear threat to police and the others in there.The judge should charge them both with a felony so the lose there rights to bear arms for being STUPID

  9. I don’t see the difference between this stunt and yelling fire in a crowded theater – just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.