Florida cop, Marine vet, arrested for wearing ‘Anonymous’ mask warns of ‘a war coming’

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A veteran South Florida police officer and former Marine arrested late last month for refusing to remove his Guy Fawkes mask near an anti-Obamacare demonstration has now come forward to say what motivated him.

Ericson Harrell, 39, a 15-year veteran of the North Miami Beach Police Department who spent four years in the Marines, was driving through Plantation when he came upon the rally, according to the Sun Sentinel. He parked his vehicle, donned his cape and mask and grabbed his banner — an inverted U.S. flag, signifying distress. .

When police later stopped him and told him to remove the mask, Harrell said he politely refused, asserting his First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful assembly.

The arresting officer and her supervisor assumed Harrell was part of demonstration, but “in actual reality,” he told Red Pill Philosophy. “I was alone at the time. I was a soldier of one.”

Harrell said he only identified himself as a police officer “after the fact, because I didn’t want to get any preferential treatment.”

The simple response would have been to remove the mask. Had Harrell done so, the officer would have moved on and that would have been the end of it.

But Harrell isn’t a simple man.

His Facebook page describes him as a “Front Line Oath Keeper 1992 to present.” Oath Keepers are current and former U.S. military and law enforcement personnel who advocate disobeying orders that violate the U.S. Constitution.

Florida Statutes 876.155, under which Harrell was arrested. had been revised since it was originally drafted, he said. It was signed into law “sometime in the 1950s because of the Ku Klux Klan trying to intimidate a certain group of people — a certain race of people,” Harrell said.

Here is the statute.

In short, he’s not a criminal and is not looking to overthrow the government of the United States. Quite the opposite, he’s just living up to the oath he took as a Marine and as a police officer, to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

His oath isn’t just a collection of empty words — his service appears to be exemplary. The Sentinel reported:

According to the North Miami Beach city website, Harrell was named Officer of the Month in August 2007 for stopping a burglary to a business, which began after he noticed a turned over trash can on the corner of a strip store. He investigated further and found a broken front window of a nearby business and found his suspect hiding in a trash bin.

He was praised at the time for his “keen sense of observation and immediate actions.”

Harrell told Red Pill he wouldn’t have done anything differently.

“There’s a greater issue,” he said. “I have a daughter — I have children. I don’t have the luxury of not being involved.”

Of his oath, he said, “We are the front-line defenders to the Constitution. Our job is greater than just arresting people for petty crimes.”

“There is a war coming, and we’re in the midst of it,” Harrell added. “I no longer can be afraid.”

Until the charges against him are resolved, Harrell has been placed on administrative leave, the Sentinel reported.

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111 thoughts on “Florida cop, Marine vet, arrested for wearing ‘Anonymous’ mask warns of ‘a war coming’

  1. clocker1 says:

    It’s against the law to wear a guy fawkes mask? Jesus, is it legal to do ANYTHING any more?

    1. James Greene says:

      It’s legal to shut up and do what you’re told.

      1. James Greene says:

        That’s about it…

  2. Dave says:

    Stand strong Ericson Harrell.
    There are many more than you know standing WITH you!

  3. William Kirk says:

    A FINE OFFICER, i have had my faith shaken in the past year with all the stories of out of hand LEO’S… let this man serve as an example to those who don’t understand the job, and position they hold… THANKYOU SIR…

  4. unpersuaded says:

    What does he mean by “There is a war coming, and we’re in the midst of it.” First of all, that sentence doesn’t seem to make sense. Is he saying we’re in the midst of a war? What war? And is it coming or are we in the midst of it?

  5. Glenda LaHaye says:

    Do they arrest Middle Eastern women wearing full face coverings?

  6. Sondra says:

    I’m not religious… but I have never met a person that is not a hypocrite. I would LOVE to though! 🙂
    If someone called you a child molester with no proof to back their claim I can see why you would be angry. I would definitely be angry.

  7. Sondra says:

    I wasn’t ignoring your reply…I have not been on in a while.

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