Joseph Stetson, 54, was armed with a pellet gun and on his way to join the protests at the Malheur national wildlife refuge when Oregon state police stopped him and eventually arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to local prosecutors. Once the officer started arresting him – after he reminded him that police were recording the conversation – Stetson began threatening to murder law enforcement officials. “I will kill all of you. You don’t believe me?” the man said on the footage. “If I go to jail, when I come out, I will kill you. … You friggin’ coward sons of bitches! … Are you a real state trooper?” He later screamed: “I’m the last hope! … Let me go, dammit!”
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.