Rebel of the Week: BoyScout399, the Open Carry Activist Who Brow Beat a Cop with the Law

June 27th, 2012

We don’t know this Rebel’s name because he boldly refused to provide it when asked repeatedly by Portland PD officer J McDonald while being detained without suspicion of any actual crime. The police report simply calls him “Pedestrian” but we know him by his YouTube Channel.

On May 26, 2012 Portland PD claims they received complaints from a number of busy bodies who are apparently afraid of inanimate objects, in this case a pistol BoyScout399 was legally open carrying. In the video he claims the officer is in violation US v DeBerry for stopping him for legally carrying a firearm, Delaware v Prouse for detaining him without suspicion, Terry v Ohio for seizing his weapon, and Hiibel v Nevada for demanding his ID without reasonable suspicion. I’ll leave all that to the lawyers. The real story is the guts of this guy who stood his ground until this thug backed down. Check out the video.

This half-wit cop disarms BoyScout399 so that he can “concentrate” while talking to him. I wonder how he’d respond if someone told him they couldn’t answer any of his questions or follow any of his orders because they can’t “concentrate” until he’s disarmed. Then, he points the loaded firearm at the activist, which is so incredibly irresponsible if I were his superior officer I would throw him back in basic training. Personally, I’m not much of a gun enthusiast, but I’ve been shooting enough to know that’s the first thing any good instructor says in the first 30 seconds. Because it’s not just sloppy and unprofessional, it’s dangerous.

This video’s got everything. It’s got “I do not consent.” It’s got “Am I free to leave.” It’s got “Can you get your supervisor here.” It’s got brow beating law enforcement with the law itself. I especially like him responding to the officer calling this encounter “common practice” with “it’s illegal common practice.” But I’ll tell you what I love most of all.

“No Sir.”

You don’t hear that in a lot of activist videos. Usually you hear people answering one question with another question. There’s a wonderful kind of finality to “No Sir” that takes real guts. Because that’s the invitation for police abuse. As long as you’re asking questions you’re taking the upper hand, but make a statement like that and you’ve put the ball in their court and allowed them to choose the next move. It’s practically a taunt.

If you check out BoyScout399′s other videos he’s got a similar encounter on August 18, 1210. It’s less exciting, but much longer, so it’ll give you a better idea of his full script. In this recent video the recording starts in the middle.

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About the Author: Davi Barker

In grade school Davi refused to recite the pledge of allegiance because he didn't understand what it meant. He was ordered to do as he was told. In college he spent hours scouring through the congressional record trying to understand this strange machine. That's where he discovered Dr. Ron Paul. In 2007 he joined the End The Fed movement and found a political home with the libertarians. The Declaration of Independence claims that the government derives its power “from the consent of the governed." He does not consent.