While our broadcast was playing on Jasonâ??s computer, he received another telephone call from a â??restrictedâ?? number. It was â??officer Steveâ?? again, although this time he was calling from the front porch of Mr. Egroffâ??s house. The officer reintroduced himself, and asked Jason to turn on the porch light and step outside as he wanted to speak to him. Knowing that he had done nothing wrong, Jason complied with the officerâ??s request. As he stepped onto the porch, â??officer Steveâ?? was there to meet him, accompanied by another law enforcement officer.
Additionally, Jasonâ??s friend knew that he owns a couple of guns, none that are of much monetary value or the type people intent on doing harm would possess. Despite this, his friend expressed concern that Jason could possibly use the weapons in some nefarious manner. Based on Jasonâ??s own admission, he rarely uses the guns to target practice and has little attachment to them. During my interview with Jason, he said that he did not care if he had a gun or not, they are simply not that important to him.
â??You need to come with usâ??
The officer told Jason that he had to go with them based on a mental health complaint that originated solely from his friend, the physical therapist assistant in New York, who claimed that he was worried for Jasonâ??s safety. At this point, Jason was under the control of the officers, and was not permitted to be alone as he entered his house to shut things down for the trip he was about to take.
The officers took Jason to the local hospital psychiatric ward for â??evaluation.â?? For the next 18 hours, he was subjected to some of the most humiliating searches, probes, and questions by hospital personnel. Questions included those specific to his religious faith and what he thought about the government and Obama. Questions that were structured in such a manner that regardless of the answer, they would result in portraying him as a dangerous, gun-owning Christian zealot. All as a result of Jason expressing his non-violent, well reasoned, and articulate views on our show as well as his own. All ostensibly from the concern of one â??friendâ?? from another state and well over 100 miles away.
The former Marine who was detained in connection with Facebook posts critical of the government is being held in a psychiatric ward, Peter BacquÃ© of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
“I’m currently in John Randolph in the psychiatric ward being held against my will,” Brandon Raub, 26, said in a telephone interview with the Times-Dispatch. “They were concerned about me calling for the arrest of government officials.”
When asked about why Raub was placed in a psychiatric ward, FBI Richmond spokeswoman told us that the FBI “had nothing to do with that” and that the FBI typically doesn’t “make determinations such as that.”
“We went out to interview him because of complaints that our office had received about people coming across his posts and perceiving them as threatening so our office along with Chesterfield County Police Department on Thursday,” Rybiski told us. “When we left we had not arrested him, we had not placed our hands on him, we did not detain him and we did not charge him.”