Thomas Donald being arrested for having an unloaded shotgun on his own property. His wife was threatened with arrest for taping it.
A military veteran in Crawford County, Michigan, Thomas Donald, was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon even though he called the police in the first place. His wife was threatened with arrest for taping it.
Thomas Donald was out hunting with his son on his own land when he came across a trespasser. He had an unloaded .410 shotgun and his son had a crossbow. The trespasser was on a dirt bike. They escorted him back to Donald’s home and called the Department of Natural Resources.
When the police showed, Donald’s wife Heather Donald said her husband held up his open shotgun in one hand and a shell in the other. The police did not understand and handcuffed him.
Heather then asked the police why he was being arrested, the police said, ‘Because we pulled up and he had a handgun…or excuse me, a rifle.’ They said it was typical procedure.
It is legal to open carry in Michigan, especially on your own property.
They took Heather Donald’s phone and erased the video she was making of the arrest. They told her if she didn’t put the phone down they would charge her with obstruction of justice. They took it from her, claiming it would be used it as evidence, but returned it before they left. She was later able to retrieve the erased video footage.
The police then said that Donald was pointing his shotgun at the trespasser and charged him with felonious assault. The Donalds said he never pointed the gun at the trespasser.
The trespasser said he never saw the ‘No Trespassing’ signs though they were clearly visible throughout the property.
The arrest was made in front of the man’s children.
The restored video of the arrest: