Last Updated on September 28, 2020
Bodycam footage shows Brad Parscale being arrested by police after an argument with his wife, with experts claiming he will be red flagged.
Parscale, an advisor to President Trump’s campaign and former campaign manager, who was considered instrumental in his 2016 election victory, was arrested by police outside his home on Sunday after his wife claimed he was armed and suicidal. He was subsequently hospitalised under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows the police to “detain a person who is potentially a threat to himself or others.”
Fort Lauderdale Police were responding to “an armed male attempting suicide,” the police said in their initial statement:
When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with the reportee (wife of armed subject) who advised her husbaned was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and threatening to harm himself. Officers determined the only occupant inside the home was the adult male. Officers made contact with the male, developed a rapport, and safely negotiated him to exit the home. The male was detained without injury and transported to Broward Health Medical Centre for a Baker Act.
“We went out and it was very short,” FLPD Police Chief Karen Dietrich told local media. “We went and got him help.” Dietrich added that Parscale did not threaten police and he “went willingly” under the Baker Act.
However, newly released bodycam footage depicts a different story to the one that was initially portrayed. Footage shows that Parscale was not armed, and despite the police claiming they had “developed a rapport” with him, he was tackled to the ground by multiple officers while talking to one of them, and arrested protesting that he had “done nothing wrong.”
Firearm law experts have told National File that Parscale will likely be “red flagged,” and have his firearms taken away from him, after his detention under the Baker Act.
Matt Johnson, an organizer with the Florida Gun Rights Initiative, noted that anyone from “a disgruntled employee to an ex wife with a grudge” can set these red flag laws off:
They can make a phone call to police and tell them you’re threatening suicide or threatening violence, and they’ll take that as evidence before a judge, and get what they call a Red Flag Warrant. So the fact that his wife now has a Baker Act, that’s just going to make it easier to take his guns. From what I understand, because he was Baker Acted, and because police were involved, the Red Flag warrant will have been signed and his guns will be gone by time he gets home.
National File also spoke with an official at a major nationwide gun rights advocacy group who confirmed that Parscale will likely lose his firearms, at least temporarily, after he is released.
Broward County, in which Parscale’s home in Fort Lauderdale is situated, has come under fire for being a hive of Democratic corruption. Laura Loomer, the Republican congressional candidate for Florida’s 21st district, told National File in May that Bertha Henry, Broward County’s administrator, is running it like some form of “banana republic”:
Broward County is one of the most notorious counties in the country for election fraud. I don’t think that there is a coincidence that the coronavirus lockdown measures and quarantines that are being proposed by the Democrats are taking place during an election year. The Democrats are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to make a move to steal the elections.