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See video of open-carry gun advocate’s confrontation with Grand Rapids Police that sparked lawsuit

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A police car dash cam video obtained by MLive and The Grand Rapids Press shows the encounter between Grand Rapids Police officers and open-carry advocate Johann Deffert that sparked a federal lawsuit.

Deffert’s suit – filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids – is against the city, Police Chief Kevin Belk, Officer William Moe and two other officers.

In response to request for video of the encounter, the city has released in-car video of the March 3 incident. The camera view shows only a portion of the encounter, but it captures extensive audio from the day in question.

Responding to a report of a man with a holstered handgun, Moe stopped his patrol car on Michigan Street NE near Lakeside Drive.

“It does look like he’s got a handgun on,” Moe told a dispatcher.

The man was also “talking to nobody.”

Traffic on Michigan stopped as Moe, weapon drawn, ordered Johann Deffert, 28, to the ground.

“Do not move,” the officer said. “Why do you have a handgun on you?”

“It’s my constitutional right to defend myself.”

Click link to see court documents  CLICK HERE

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