An Afghanistan veteran’s Instagram account has offered behind the scenes insight into a tense situation in New York state. An alleged Red Flag raid by federal enforcement teams over their belief that he was in possession of ‘high capacity magazines’ of 30 rounds has seen the man’s house surrounded and mass disinformation ensue.
‘Alex’ aka whiskey_warrior_556 in a video posted to his Instagram can be seen claiming that ‘high capacity magazines’ are those over 30 rounds, that the move by the federal government is unconstitutional. He has also revealed that the government has deployed military style MRAP vehicles (see below) on the perimeter despite his claims that he is in fact unarmed.
“For the record, I have no firearms on me whatsoever. Magazines empty”
“So what do you call a cop who enforces gun laws? A redcoat f*****” “30 rounds is standard capacity”
“for the record high capacity is 30 rounds and above” “just doing your job? They’ll arrest you, without due process, your constitutional rights, they will humiliate you, just because of hearsay oh “just doing my job” ok, how’d that work out with the nazis?”‘Alex’ aka ‘whiskey_warrior_556’
News12 Westchester, a local news outlet from the area is tentatively reporting it as an ‘individual in crisis’. Rumour are circulating that the red flag raid came after his wife left him, took their child, and reported him to law enforcement. A twitter account @whiskeynrebel has disputed this, claiming that an old army friend reported him as suffering from PTSD and being a risk.
One of the main criticisms of the red flag raid laws has been that it can become a tool of disgruntled people to use against other private citizens, proverbially throwing them under the bus and placing them at risk of violence by the state.
The mental well-being of Alex Booth aka whiskey_warrior_556 is unknown, however he can be seen in his videos drinking whiskey from a travel mug as he lambasts the “thin blue line” and “boys in blue”.
Alex goes on to chide law enforcement for enforcing laws for which the founding fathers would see as draconian. The oft touted line of “I’m just doing my job” and “I don’t write the laws I just enforce them” doesn’t absolve one of culpability for wrongdoing, it’s just a way of justifying your actions to yourself.
5:25PM AEST update: Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has made an official statement, the press release can be found here.
Press release transcription is as follows:
Press Release -Town of Carmel Police Department
On 11/23/2019 at approximately 2:19 PM, a member of the Town of Carmel Police Department was in the area of 50 Putnam Drive investigating a prior domestic incident involving the 28 year old resident Alexander Booth. The officer hearing what he believed to be a gunshot come from the residence requested backup. When additional officers arrived Mr. Booth was observed in his doorway acting in an agitated state before returning inside his garage apartment and barricading himself. As a safety precaution officers evacuated the neighboring houses and alerted the Putnam County Emergency Response Team and Negotiation Team.
Negotiators made contact with Mr. Booth and after six hours of discussion they were successful in convincing him to surrender without incident. Thanks to their tireless efforts no civilians or police were harmed.
Alexander Booth was subsequently arrested on a felony warrant issued by Town Justice Jacobellis stemming from the previous domestic incident. Mr. Booth was charged with Penal Law 140.25 Burglary 2nd Degree a class C felony; 140.15 Criminal Trespass a class A misdemeanor; 215.50 Criminal Contempt 2nd degree a class A misdemeanor; 240.30 Aggravated Harassment 2nd degree a class A misdemeanor; 155.25 Petit Larceny a class A misdemeanor. He was arraignment in Carmel Town Justice Court.
At the conclusion of this incident NO weapons or ammunition feeding devises were found or seized, despite numerous false social media posts to the contrary.Putnam County Sheriff’s Department
The Town of Carmel Police Department was assisted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety’s Special Response and Negotiation Teams.
And another in response to the huge public reaction can be found here. The comments are quite cynical in general.
Transcription as follows:
SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION RE: RED FLAG LAW PROTESTS
“The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has been inundated with calls and social media messages from citizens expressing concern about a police response in the Town of Carmel. The incident was widely reported to be a law enforcement effort to seize firearms under “Red Flag” laws. This information is incorrect. The law enforcement response and subsequent arrest was related to a domestic violence investigation. The citizen involved is safe and in police custody.
The incredibly high volume of phone calls, emails and social media messages has overwhelmed our systems and shutdown our ability to communicate with our community. While we respect the right of all citizens to inquire about law enforcement activity, we urge you to respect the needs of our community and restore our ability to serve them. Thank you.”Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
More on this story as developments unfold.