Earlier this month, an apparent anti-government extremist in Louisiana allegedly threatened to pepper spray police officers after they attempted to serve him with an arrest warrant for purportedly threatening a city employee.
On December 2, Brandon D. Gibbs, 29, of Gonzales, Louisiana, allegedly attempted to walk towards a police officer with a pepper spray can before officers arrested Gibbs on aggravated assault, resisting an officer, possession of marijuana, unlawful use of or in possession of body armor, in possession of narcotics and improper telephone communications. Wearing a face mask, a helmet with pepper spray attached and a knife strapped to his full body amour suit, Gibbs barely opened his door and asked police officers to show their hands before he walked out of his house at the time of his arrest. This incident presumably stemmed from a disagreement regarding his city water service.
Prior to his arrest, Gibbs reportedly called the city’s utility department and threatened a clerk for the department’s decision to turn off his water after he didn’t pay his bill. During the call, Gibbs purportedly claimed that “if you come back on my property, I’m going to put a bullet in a tire or in somebody’s head.”
According to statements Gibbs made to police officers and to activity on his Facebook account, his actions towards law enforcement and public officials appear to be influenced by anti-government extremist beliefs. After police officers charged Gibbs with resisting arrest in May 2013, he allegedly told officers that he trained every weekend in Maurepas, Louisiana, with a 500-person militia on shooting and military techniques. In one of his Facebook posts, Gibbs claimed that he studied abroad "in @ home" to learn "emprovised [sic] weapons specializm [sic] and “hand to hand combat" in order “to defend myself and my land against any treat [sic]” and to “make your entinctions [sic] absolutly [sic] clear shoot to kill." The likes on his Facebook page include eight different militias and he is part of the “Three Percenters for Constitutional Troops and Law Enforcement” Facebook group, which harbors anti-government extremist beliefs.
Former militia movement adherent Mike Vanderboegh of Pinson, Alabama, created the Three Percent concept in 2008, based on the belief that only three percent of Americans will not disarm during a future revolution against the alleged tyranny of the American government. The concept itself is based on a historically incorrect myth that only three percent of the American population fought against the British during the American Revolution. In 2012, Georgia militia man Frederick Thomas claimed that Vanderboegh’s on-line novel Absolved, a “technical manual” to overthrow the so-called totalitarian government, inspired him to plot to kill government employees and blow up government buildings.