OWS loon arrested for death threat against Gov. Haley

In another example of ‘peaceful’ protest and their right to exercise their first amendment rights, an Occupy loon crossed the line with a death threat against South Carolina Governor Haley. Apparently (at least to the Occupy sorts), death threats now qualify as protected speech under our Bill of Rights:



KLTV reports:

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A South Carolina man is accused of threatening the life of Gov. Nikki Haley on Facebook, but he claims he was only making a point about free speech.

When 26-year-old Nathan Shafer heard about the arrests of 19 Occupy Columbia members outside the State House last Wednesday, he did what lots of people do when they get angry — he vented about it on the Internet. He saw Gov. Haley’s Facebook post about the arrests and Haley’s comment that she “appreciate[s] freedom of speech,” and that’s when authorities say Shafer crossed the line.

“I hope someone murders you before I do,” Shafer said he commented on the post. “How’s that for freedom of speech?”

The next day, Shafer says two State Law Enforcement Division agents visited him in Charlotte to discuss the comment. Shafer says he retracted and deleted his statement, promised he wasn’t serious and apologized to the Haley family.

Still, Shafer says SLED agents called him again on Tuesday and told him he’ll be prosecuted for the alleged threat. Shafer turned himself in at noon on Wednesday at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

“I just think the whole situation is completely ridiculous and blown out of proportion,” Shafer wrote shortly before his arrest.

Threats against public officials are naturally taken very seriously, even when a comment was supposedly made in jest. In July, however, a federal court ruled that a man who posted online statements calling for President Barack Obama’s assassination was merely exercising his free speech rights.

At issue, according to the court, is whether a “reasonable person” would view the statement in question as a genuine threat. In Shafer’s case, that remains to be seen.

(h/t The Jawa Report)

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kong1967
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kong1967

The guy that was let off earlier this year made a different statement. All he said is that he hoped someone would assassinate Obama. He did not make any reference to himself doing it. Personally, I think it’s pretty stupid to say anything remotely threatening in public. If you want to vent do it at home and keep your mouth shut in public. You never know what loon is listening to all of the “I wish” statements and feels empowered to actually do something. Even if there isn’t, it still doesn’t help keep the public calm.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I bet that they snatched him right out of his Mom’s basement…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Imagine the MSM response if this had been a Conservative.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Do you think there would have even been a response? I heard a whole bunch of crickets chirping earlier this year when republican Wisconsin Governer Walker’s life was threatened, several times.

Larry Gibby
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Larry Gibby

Remember the uproar when that black guy showed up at a Tea Party rally packing a sidearm and a rifle? They (MSM) neglected the black part and pinned his activity squarely on the “right wing” extremists in our midst when in fact the the guy was trying to stir up trouble, another fact that got dropped by the wayside. A few words from the left to make your day: Che Guevara And here is a quote from that darling of the LEFT and ‘Minister of Industry’ and jailer of free speakers, CHE GUEVARA. “Violence is inevitable! To establish Socialism, rivers of blood must flow! If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims! Hatred is the central element of our struggle! Hatred that is intransigent….… Read more »

American Duckie
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American Duckie

It’d be interesting to see Che at an OWS event. Wow. one evil bleep.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I’m not sure the guy was trying to stir up trouble… he apparently was trying to exercise his Second Amendment rights, and he certainly didn’t fit the left-stream narrative… that’s why his colour was edited out. But the guy was pretty legit… but nobody has been able to identify him (not that I’ve seen anyway) even though he talked quite eloquently. But I admit… we know very little about him. Does anyone out there know who the guy was?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Even Castro knew Che was off his nut. Most liberals ARE nuts, which is why conservatives look crazy to them. They are looking through a lens of insanity.

Joe
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Joe

About time someone got serious with these punks

Don’t screw with the South

I am from NY – sick of the liberal crap I had to deal with

I moved to NC and at least I feel there is a chance the “perp” will actually
get prosecuted or hear from THE JUDGE directly. http://firearmfun.blogspot.com/2009/02/taurus-judge.html

American Duckie
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American Duckie

OK Then. Let me bring up everyone’s favorite walking botox commercial and see what princess has to say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3Bg_AB2pBg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u46QoT_eNQ8

So, I guess this guy threatening a United States Governor is all Sarah Palin’s fault.

patriot077
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patriot077

Ain’t it amazin’ to hear the old bat talk about “incitement” and “enthusiasm” with respect to the Tea Party and the hooligan OWS.

She’s got it completely back a$$wards as usual.

Joe
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Joe

I am really starting to believe we are being invaded by space beings!

Those PHONY EYEBALLS can’t be human – Think about it!

AND what fellow human being would lie and torture other humans like the democRATS do?

Could it be – they are from outer space? – Think about it!

American Duckie
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American Duckie

How to serve man….

Dan
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Dan

that was a good Twilight Zone…i think Kerry was in it…the one who served in Vietnam

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Canada’s Ezra Levant has a good name for it. He calls it “alienist” as opposed to those “crazy” conservative nativists whom the left just love to hate. Levant says Obama and the left embrace everything un and anti American… hence “alienist”.

Larry Gibby
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Larry Gibby

This money-sodden haybag is possessed of the most astonishing, brazen audacity that defies description in a few words. You don’t get to witness this sort of titanic amorality every day. How does one develop into such a preposterous excuse for a human being?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Not sure I can add anything else. Good choice of words.

NYGino
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NYGino

It’s Bush’s fault.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

As always ABC, you are right on target! great post.

nuffsaid
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nuffsaid

Non sequitor–

Hey Scoop- How come the Russian News Anchor video of Tatyana Limanova was removed?

Just curious. The removal has a kind of a soviet/Bolshevist/Bourgeoisie feel about it.

Russians say she was addressing someone in the studio. They say she didn’t mean to bird either Obama or Putin. And then they disappear her faster than a Jesse Jackson paternity test story on MSNBC. Jeez. Even Imus got almost a week before they dumped him.

What’s the story?

Virus-X
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Virus-X

Hey, don’t be judgmental: this is just a shortcoming. Al Sharpton still loves them.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It’s only protected speech if it is said about a conservative.

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