A concealed carrier, who happened to be a minority, got assaulted because a young white guy saw his weapon.
I’m not saying that the attack was racially motivated, but it is hard not to suspect that racial stereotypes helped the 43-year-old make an irrational decision to tackled a 62-year-old African American. It was reported by the Tampa Bay Fox affiliate: “Man arrested after tackling shopper carrying gun.”
Hillsborough deputies arrested a man who spotted someone with a gun, followed him into a Walmart, and tackled him. The problem? The man with the gun had a concealed weapons permit, and the man who rushed him didn’t call 911 or alert store security.
According to the sheriff’s office, Michael Foster, 43, saw Clarence Daniels, 62, in the Walmart parking lot with a gun holstered under his coat.
Foster followed Daniels into the store, put him in a choke-hold and brought him to the ground, the sheriff’s office said. He then started yelling that Daniels had a gun.
A struggle ensued, with Daniels yelling that he had a permit. Security detained both men until deputies arrived.
The report never mentions race, but here’s a picture from the story with Daniels identified as the black man:
I’m glad that Daniels is OK. I’m glad his health was robust enough to sustain an attack. What do you think would have happened if Daniels had died annd the coroner had ruled the cause of death a homicide? Do you think the grand jury would have refused to sustain charges against Foster?
As it stands now, Foster is being criminally charged with one count of battery.
Frankly, I think Daniels should be glad Foster didn’t make a panicked call to 911, or he may have been hurt a lot worse than a chokehold (hopefully these police are better than others, but you never know).
Does anyone think that, if a police officer had tackled Daniels and put him in a chokehold, the police officer would have been arrested or would be facing a criminal charge?
This story could easily be spread by the mainstream media to show yet more evidence of “racism,” whether deserved or not. But I don’t think this story is ever going to be more than a local one as far as the mainstream news is concerned.
Why not? Because the idea of a law-abiding concealed carrier who is also black is pretty much outside the moral imagination of Liberals. It doesn’t fit their stereotype. They create entirely fictional and stupid narratives to pretend the Second Amendment only concerns white folk. They try to pretend that the problem of police abuse is really a problem of racism rather than a problem of police accountability and the law regarding all races.
Most of all, they don’t want to see a long-overdue Tea-Party/African-American convergence over the Second Amendment. Parading an African American who was attacked by a white person for legally carrying a handgun is a confusing message for progressives. It damages the Liberal brand.