I started a thread months back called "Whats going on in this small town?", feel free to read that thread if this issue peaks your interest.
This article came out of the local newspaper a few days ago and I wanted to give it some exposure, I am tired of them getting away with everything and
After a three-hour standoff, 24-year-old Joshua Michael Lemaster, of California, was arrested late Monday afternoon at his current residence, 260
House Road in Sequim. Earlier in the day, Lemaster, aka Tyler Michael Williams, allegedly was involved in an argument with a neighbor. Clallam
County Sheriff’s deputies developed probable cause for Lemaster’s committing assault in the fourth degree. Neighbors said tensions recently had
risen between Lemaster and nearby residents. At 3 p.m., authorities were called to the neighborhood because Lemaster allegedly was seen with a gun
and threatened to shoot the neighbors. Plans were developed to contact Lemaster from outside the house while the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office
Criminal Investigations Bureau applied for a warrant to go into Lemaster’s residence and arrest him. Clallam County Sheriff’s Detective Tom
Reyes, a crisis negotiator, used a bullhorn to call Lemaster out. When calls went unanswered, a team of deputies entered the home and took Lemaster
into custody without incident.
the first thing I noticed was that this guy was arrested for assault but it didn't say anything about him actually hitting/attacking anyone.
"Arguing" is not grounds for an assault charge, nor is it probable cause to go into someone's home.
Second thing I noticed was all the manpower it took to take this guy into Custody - I'm not surprised he didn't come out of his home, that many law
enforcement outside is very intimidating - you would think that it was a hostage situation, or that he had actually shot someone.
So let me get this straight, you get into an argument with a neighbor, they call the police and say some stuff about you owning a gun and threatening
to use it and THIS is the end result? The man was in his house, as far as I can tell he didn't hurt anyone - how can anyone say that this man
committed a damn crime? We are still protected by the first amendment - I can't just call the police and say John said he was gonna shoot up the
neighborhood and have them come arrest John in his home - John has to COMMIT A CRIME first!
according to the revised code of washington state the exact definition of assault 4 is:
Assault in the fourth degree.
(1) A person is guilty of assault in the fourth degree if, under circumstances not amounting to assault in the first, second, or third degree, or
custodial assault, he or she assaults another.
(2) Assault in the fourth degree is a gross misdemeanor.
[1987 c 188 § 2; 1986 c 257 § 7.]
strange it doesn't say anything about threatening the neighborhood.
Anyway, that is my opinion on this article but I really wanna hear yours. thanks
Side note - I can't find it on youtube, but a few years ago, the County I live in, Clallam County, was named the 2nd or 3rd most corrupt County in
the United States, if anyone can find that link please share it with me - I believe it was a 60 minutes episode.