Woman takes legal action against Michigan County official who pointed gun at her in virtual meeting
A 74-year-old Michigan woman on Monday filed a federal complaint against a county commissioner who pointed a gun at her in a virtual town hall when she asked the group to condemn the Proud Boys.
On January 20, East Bay Township resident Keli MacIntosh called on the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners to make “some sort of public statement” denouncing the far-right group in the wake of the riot pro-Trump on Capitol Hill.
Many members of the Proud Boys have since been arrested and charged in connection with the deadly January 6 siege, which left five people dead.
MacIntosh has called on the board to issue a statement against the “violent and threatening behavior of known violent groups” in the wake of the Capitol riot and the foiled plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan. Gretchen whitmerGretchen WhitmerFunding to replace nation’s dangerous lead service lines must stay in reconciliation bill Rise in ready-to-drink cocktails fuels tax fight Ambulance, EMT first responders face ‘labor shortage paralyzing work Â»MORE (D), according to the trial obtained by the Associated Press.
“I mean, you can tell we don’t have [a] problem with the Proud Boys in our area, but obviously there are Proud Boys issues in the country causing problems, âMacIntosh said at the hearing as commission vice-chairman Ron Clous stepped out. from the screen view.
MacIntosh explained that although she does not own a gun, she can “certainly appreciate that people want their gun rights protected,” but added that groups like the Proud Boys were given permission “to do more with their guns than go hunting.”
As she speaks, a smiling Nails is shown stepping back into the frame holding a gun.
Nails reportedly invited members of the Proud Boys to speak at a committee meeting in March last year regarding a resolution designating Grand Traverse County as a “2nd Amendment sanctuary.”
MacIntosh felt “compelled to speak up on this issue given the group’s obvious ties to white supremacy and other hateful and violent actions, not least of which was their well-publicized criminal role in the violent insurgency of the capital of our country, âsays the trial.
She maintains that Clous brandished the gun to “inflict fear and emotional trauma” on residents who “may seek to petition their county government.” The action, she claims, deterred her from exercising her First Amendment rights.
MacIntosh said in the complaint that she has been threatened since the incident was made public. Her trial details the physical symptoms she also suffered, including insomnia, migraines, nightmares, heart palpitations, nausea, weight loss and tremors.
She is seeking damages and asking Grand Traverse County to declare that such brandishing of weapons violates the Constitution, according to the AP.
Neither Clous nor the Council of Commissioners immediately responded to requests for comment.
Clous had initially defended his actions, tell the Traverse City Record-Eagle that he was going to “just show the gun and show that I fully support the Second Amendment.”
He said he didn’t know anything about the Proud Boys other than that they had already spoken to the commission.
âIt was probably the most respected people who stood up and spoke,â he said. “They were decent guys and they treated us with respect.”
Commission Chairman Rob Hentschel, who can be seen laughing as Clous holds the gun, told Record-Eagle he saw no harm in Clous’s actions.
âI saw it on his chest and thought it was ironic of him to do that,â Hentschel said. “The person was talking about guns and he had one across his chest. I didn’t see him do anything illegal or dangerous with it. He wasn’t threatening or brandishing. He was holding him. just.”