There are some things in life that will never have a good outcome: Sticking your head in a beehive, licking a frozen pole and – most definitely – walking into a police station wearing a balaclava and holding an AK-47.
But two men with a death wish did exactly that – because they were unhappy that they were pulled over a few hours earlier.
According to Click On Detroit, the confrontation started on Sunday, after police received a call from shoppers in Dearborn, Detroit who saw two ‘dangerous-looking’ men putting on masks and body amour.
When police showed up, they couldn’t find the men but later pulled over their car.
One of the men said during the traffic stop: “Let me go on my way. Let me be free to go, (because) we’ve broken no laws. This, you know this, this is an illegal detention and you’d better get your shit straight, (because) we’re done. … Oh, I will file a complaint.”
Making good on their promise, the pair drove to a nearby police station to file a complaint – with guns in hand.
What could go wrong?
Speaking to the camera, one of the men, identified as 24-year-old James Baker, said: “We felt a little afraid for our lives when we were pulled over, so we wanted to prove a point.” He was carrying two firearms when he entered the station.
The other man, 40-year-old Brandon Vreeland, was armed with a camera and tripod.
And the encounter pretty much went as well as expected.
Shortly after entering the station, the men were met by numerous officers at gunpoint, ordering Baker to put his weapons down.
On February 6, Baker said on Facebook he is currently facing three misdemeanour charges.
The Detroit Free Press reported these charges as breaching the peace, failure to cooperate with police and masking his identity by obscuring his face in the station.
Both men posted a $1,500 bond and were released pending future court appearances.
FOX 2 reported that police seized a ‘loaded AP14, a rifle magazine containing 47 7.62 rounds, a loaded Glock 19 handgun with four magazines that held 66 rounds, as well as their ballistics vests and body armor’. They also seized an AK-47 style rifle and an AR-15 rifle.
The men are advocates of open carry laws, but the Open Carry of Michigan Organization contacted the Dearborn Police Department on Monday to say that it does not support what the pair did.
The footage was originally uploaded to Baker’s Facebook page as a live video where it has been viewed more than 72,000 times.