Last week a group of four Caucasians paraded around the streets of Cincinnati, Ohio armed with AR-15s. They claimed they were engaged in an “open carry protest,” but throughout the YouTube video of the event, they can be heard saying racial slurs over and over. It is clear from the video that the group was trying to intimidate members of the largely African American Price Hill community, through which they were “marching.”.
Now, one of the four has been arrested and charges of menacing and stalking have been filed against him.
One of two men, out of the group of four, which included two women, took a video of their East Price Hill “open carry” march, where the group passed the District 3 police headquarters.
“Broad day, you see this? Walking down the street with a AR-15,” the man filming the ordeal said. Police later identified as Jesse Deboard, who said he was “exercising his Constitutional right.”.
After they posted the video on YouTube of their encounters during the “march” with Cincinnati police, the incident took center stage on social media.
The police can heard saying “Like you said, it’s your right to do that, it makes no sense to me I mean, unless you just want attention and us to stop you and ask you. I just don’t understand it, that’s all. I’ve seen enough of these YouTube videos where everybody just tries to get the cop to stop them.”
The group can be heard bragging: “Open carry in the state of Ohio, the cops can’t do nothing”.
Deboard says to potential YouTube viewers: “still want that drama, though.”
“This is going on YouTube, n*gga, world star,” Deboard yells to a passing group of African American men.
But now, the 23-year-old Deboard has been arrested and charged with menacing by stalking as well as a violation of a protection order.
“Bouta go cop 2 ar-15s brand new in the box with front grips rail mounts extra clips and a thousand rounds of 556 shells not ta mention 2 Canon t3i cameras && 2 crotch rockets & thats just starting our morning! #Realmfsdorealthings,” Deboard, said.
Warrants have also been issued for Chris Masters and Christina Tharp. The fourth person in the group has been identified as Stephanie Coverman, but there is no word on whether a warrant will be issued for her yet or not.
While Ohio does allow for open carry, things get a little more precarious when one is speaking about unholstered weapons. In a “ready position” a weapon is no longer regarded as being “carried” but instead potentially be used to menace or threaten. The group of four racist friends might have wanted to peruse the Ohio Revised Code a little more carefully before forming their own make-shift “protest”.
Watch the video report below, from local WKRC-TV:
(Article by M.B. David)