Two men wearing body armor and carrying firearms and cameras were arrested Sunday at a Michigan police headquarters in a confrontation streamed live on the internet.
Dearborn (MI) police said that one of the men wore a ski mask and they initially refused to drop the weapons.
In the video (below), police pull their weapons as the suspects enter the lobby of the police station and one officer states “put it on the ground or you are dead.”
James Baker, 24, of Leonard, and Brandon Vreeland, 40, of Jackson, face charges including breaching the peace and failure to cooperate with police. Both men were free on bond.
Vreeland tells the Detroit Free Press state law allows them to openly carry legally owned weapons. He said they “audit police to see how well they honor the Constitution and people’s rights.”
The ordeal began when police investigated two suspicious men wearing tactical masks and vests in a car near a shopping center. The men fled the scene, but police found them a few miles away at a park, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
Police conducted a traffic stop to investigate and didn’t find any weapons in the car. The men drove to the police headquarters to confront the police. Baker was carrying an AP-14 firearm and handgun, while Vreeland was carrying a camera and a tripod.
The men initially failed to cooperate, but police eventually took them into custody without incident. Police seized the loaded Ap-14, a loaded Glock 19 handgun and their vests and armor.
Police also seized an AK-47 style rifle and an AR-15 rifle.
You can watch the video below.
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