Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- In the afternoon of July 24-25, 2018, a naked white man was making a nuisance of himself at Trailblazer Park in Newton County, Georgia. A father with children at the park, on a church outing, used his legal firearm to detain the man for police.
A Covington, Ga., dad only wanted to take his family on a trip to feed the homeless. Instead, Tae Lovelace says they were harassed by a naked man and he was forced to pull out a handgun in defense.
“Had I not been licensed to carry at that moment who knows what this guy could have done to my family or any of the other families that were here,” Lovelace told WSB.
The police came and pointed their guns at the father, ordering him to put down his gun. The father did so, the naked man ran, but the police arrested him and took him into custody. From wsbtv.com:
That's when he started recording with his phone for officers who arrived within minutes and ordered Lovelace to put down his gun.
“While the cop has his firearm toward me, the guy gets up and runs away again and jumps in the river,” Lovelace said.
The father with the gun was black and the naked man was white. The police did not shoot the black father. They did not shoot anyone.
Those who stoke racial hatred claim no black man dare use a gun for self-defense, because he will be shot by racist police. It did not happen here. It almost never happens. Heather Mac Donald rebutted the claim that police shootings are biased against black people. From city-journal.org:
Four studies came out in 2016 alone rebutting the charge that police shootings are racially biased. If there is a bias in police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites. That truth has not stopped the ongoing demonization of the police—including, now, by many of the country’s ignorant professional athletes. The toll will be felt, as always, in the inner city, by the thousands of law-abiding people there who desperately want more police protection.
Mr. Lovelace followed police directions. He put down the gun when ordered to do so. His grandmother called the police, so they probably knew something of the situation before they arrived. Perhaps a family member directed the police to where Mr. Lovelace was holding the naked man at gunpoint.
The police did not shoot Mr. Lovelace. Mr. Lovelace was not arrested. He was not beat up. He stopped the inappropriate behavior by the naked man, Josten Meeler, who was on some kind of mind altering substance.
Police make serious mistakes. In Colorado, a white man shot a black intruder, who was attacking his grandson. The white grandfather was shot and killed by police. The police claim the grandfather, Richard Black, was told to “drop the weapon”, and that Black did not do so.
Richard Black had just fired a handgun, twice, in the confined space of a bathroom. It is likely his hearing was severely impaired at that point. He is said to have stepped outside the house with his pistol and a flashlight.
In a population of 330 million, with over half a million police, deadly mistakes are made. Fortunately, they are relatively rare. As police mistakes are publicized, they will become less common.
Every shooting of black men that has video is paraded as evidence of police racism. But everyday interactions of law abiding black people with police, and the growing number of black men and women who legally carry guns for protection of themselves and others, is seldom mentioned.
Interaction with officers who are answering a “man with a gun” call is a dangerous situation. A mistake may be fatal.
Do not take for granted the officers know that you are the “good guy with a gun”. They may not.
Black, White, Red, Brown, Green or Purple, use what resources you have to inform the officers you are not the threat. Have the person contacting the officers describe you, so they can more easily identify you. Do not point your gun at officers. Follow their commands.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.