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Man arrested at annual Gun Buyback Day event

Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 10:19 PM
Last updated Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 12:11 AM
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A Martinez man was arrested Saturday after a disturbance at the second annual Gun Buyback Day.

Sitting in a lawn chair next to a sign that read: “I pay more,” Shaun Ray Britt, 27, of Fairfax Street, attempted to attract gun owners away from the event by offering a bigger payday for their unwanted firearms.

About 11 a.m.,Britt became confrontational when deputies asked him to set up shop off the church property.

“He’s just deteriorating the problem,” said Niki Watson, the event’s coordinator. “We’re trying to get guns out of the wrong hands ....”

Less than an hour later, Britt was handcuffed and taken to the Richmond County Jail.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/03/13 - 10:36 pm
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Not Nice

Mr. Britt should have better sense than to try to conduct business on someone else's property that did not want him conducting business on their property.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/03/13 - 10:38 pm
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Not Nice

Ms. Watson was profiling persons with her cruel statement, “We’re trying to get guns out of the wrong hands ....” They said they would accept guns from anyone, no questions asked. Then they say that whoever comes there has "wrong" hands. That's not being nice.

Blasphemy
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Blasphemy 08/04/13 - 01:32 am
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We are now a socialist country from top to bottom.

Capitalism is not acceptable: of the Government, For the Government, By the Government. And don't you forget it!

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/04/13 - 02:17 am
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YEP!

That's what I thought would happen if someone got in the way of their PR stunt. Ms. Watson had the event scripted down to departure time back to New York, crowd control expected.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/04/13 - 05:58 am
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I wonder what he was charged

I wonder what he was charged with?

Jason Hasty
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Jason Hasty 08/04/13 - 06:09 am
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"Deteriorating the problem"...

What does that even mean?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/04/13 - 06:16 am
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Farce

Someone needs to write this down and put it on the stage. Schrodinger's Cat Theatre - take note!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/04/13 - 06:25 am
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Charge

When you don't know what law was broken, you can always charge him with disorderly conduct. It's always good for a night in jail or $1,500 bond.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 08/04/13 - 07:18 am
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little lamb

I saw the other day that the prostitutes were charged with disorderly conduct. That law sure covers a lot of acts.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/04/13 - 07:22 am
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Upgrade

I wonder if the district attorney can upgrade this disorderly conduct charge to a felony by tacking on the "possession of a firearm during the commission of another crime"?

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/04/13 - 07:22 am
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Socialism?

"Britt became confrontational when deputies asked him to set up shop off the church property."

"Capitalism is not acceptable: of the Government, For the Government, By the Government. And don't you forget it!"??????????

I'm sure capitalism is alive and well and you're free to purchase a dictionary and look up the definition of socialism.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/04/13 - 07:43 am
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A counter protest setup for a Lawsuit?

I have a strong feeling this story has a lot more to it, given the person arrested, the location and the careful dance-around wording used.

http://www.justmugshots.com/georgia/richmond-county/18267635

Has the RCSO been setup?
Will we see a innocent passer-by 3rd party Youtube video release?

Lawsuit anyone?

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/04/13 - 07:44 am
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Obviously he missed that

Obviously he missed that whole private property concept. Not real smart to refuse to leave someone else's property when the police tell you to and then get all huffy about it. Don't we have a "Castle Doctrine" law in Georgia? It could have turned out pretty ironic.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/04/13 - 07:57 am
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I notice the lack of something

OPPS UP DATE
We now have link to the the number in another story appear.
(old comment)
No mention of how many firearms were purchased by either side.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/04/13 - 07:57 am
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Ah! but then we have the old

Ah! but then we have the old liberal misquoted rant of
Separation of Church & State.

If it were A Liberal arrested the screames would be
"Why were police conducting business on Church property."

Or Going with the Private Property concept.
Since it was Private Property would the OWNER's have had to initiate the request for removal, not RCSO correct?

This a can of worms that is likely going national in the media or maybe YouTube.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/04/13 - 08:06 am
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What the?

Can't police can respond to any citizen who requests assistance? Evidently they wanted the police there. Even with police presence, I don't know that it would that it would preclude a citizen from acting on his own property. That's for a lawyer to answer. They did buy a lot a lot of guns. If the ammo came with them, if they felt threatened, they had plenty of firepower.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/04/13 - 08:13 am
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I suppose it all comes down

I suppose it all comes down to if he was actually on church property or on the public right away.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/04/13 - 08:36 am
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Has Disorderly Conduct become the 1 Charge that's fit all.

Here is the actual Georgia version of the Disorderly Conduct law.
Georgia Code - Crimes and Offenses - Title 16, Section 16-11-39

Note: I have added my comments in "(__)"

(a) A person commits the offense of disorderly conduct when such person commits any of the following:

(1) Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby such person is placed in reasonable fear of the safety of such person´s life, limb, or health; (NOT Violated according to the article)

(2) Acts in a violent or tumultuous manner toward another person whereby the property of such person is placed in danger of being damaged or destroyed; (NOT Violated according to the article)

(3) Without provocation, uses to or of another person in such other person´s presence, opprobrious or abusive words which by their very utterance tend to incite to an immediate breach of the peace, that is to say, words which as a matter of common knowledge and under ordinary circumstances will, when used to or of another person in such other person´s presence, naturally tend to provoke violent resentment, that is, words commonly called 'fighting words'; or (NOT Violated according to the article)

(4) Without provocation, uses obscene and vulgar or profane language in the presence of or by telephone to a person under the age of 14 years which threatens an immediate breach of the peace. (NOT Violated according to the article)

(b) Any person who commits the offense of disorderly conduct shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

(c) This Code section shall not be deemed or construed to affect or limit the powers of counties or municipal corporations to adopt ordinances or resolutions prohibiting disorderly conduct within their respective limits. (Maybe ARC has a "SPECIAL" Version)

Either the AC Article needs more details, or we have a situation were RCSO misapplied the intent and the letter of the law?

and like commenter above said, The Prostitution ring that was busted last week, most were actually charged with D.O. and the word Prostitution was in (Prostitution) to justify the reason.

chascushman
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chascushman 08/04/13 - 08:39 am
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"Deteriorating the
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"Deteriorating the problem"...
Jason, obviously Ms. Watson is not very smart or she would not be sponsoring this event.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/04/13 - 09:23 am
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Bod

This is a Church, and they asked someone to be removed at a gun buyback event. I support the guy's removal, if he was on the Churches property or if he was on the sidewalk, conducting illegal business.

But, where was the support for the Church that didn't want the Boy Scout's to meet at their Church? They simply didn't want a group, that doesn't hold the same beliefs, to meet at their Church, plain and simple. Where is the support for their decision? Just curious.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/04/13 - 09:25 am
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Nocnoc

I agree with a lot of your comments, but I believe you're jumping to conclusions, with information from a very short article.

We weren't there so we don't know if he used "fighting words" or if he used profanity in front of any children that might have been present. So to assume that he didn't violate any stipulations of the disorderly law, is just that; assuming.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/04/13 - 09:32 am
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Disorderly conduct

... is like cop porn; there is no legal definition; they just make it up as they go along...

oldfella
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oldfella 08/04/13 - 10:10 am
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Deteriorating a problem.....problem?

Agree "Deteriorating a problem" would imply making a problem weaker. Thus if you deteriorated a problem enough, it would be gone....problem not just solved, but eliminated! Wouldn't the charge of "increasing a problem" make more sense?

BTW I wonder if the gift cards are redeemable at Academy Sports? You could turn in some obsolete guns and get a brand new one! Does anyone need a .32 pistol anyway until rabbit season opens up?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/04/13 - 10:15 am
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Careful wording

Right up front I am NOT anti-LEO. My comments here have repeatedly demonstrated my support for LEO's operating within the LAW, the GA & US Constitution.

With that out of the way.......
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I did say "(NOT Violated according to the article)" because the way the AC seems to sometimes spoon feed info to generate flare and comments.

Heck, in a left handed way I agree his arrest probability was the best thing for his overall safety. There is no telling where this was headed and what the Anti-Gunners would have done to him, for overshadowing their Media Touchy-Feely Event with a viable and profitable alternative?

But according OCGA, & the words used in the article, when I posted my comment. I do have to wonder if he violated the OCGA Law regarding Disorderly Conduct?

The way the Articles reads "About 11 a.m., Britt became confrontational when deputies..."

Having worked around lawyers, PR people and politicians the word
"confrontational" is usually used for dramatics, to steer reader/listener opinion, and is many times nothing more that a civil disagreement or debate of the facts where each is right or hold their position.

But why he was not arrested until almost 60 mins. later, as the article reads?

Is the carefully placed word "confrontational" being used as the justification for something that happen almost 60 mins later?

If so what happen between 11AM and 12Noon that got him arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct?

One thing I have learned over the years.
An this may or may not be the case here.

It is OK for Liberal Protestors to crash a Conservative Event, but not the other way around.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/04/13 - 10:36 am
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What if we did like Chicago or NYC

and banned Firearms from inside I-520 for all of Augusta?

Then Police would only need Tazers.
Because all the firearms would have been collected and they would not need a firearm.

Jokingly said - Just Using a Liberal Idea to the fullest extension.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 08/04/13 - 11:21 am
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I think it's funny that those

I think it's funny that those mugshot websites charge a couple hundred dollars to remove a picture. It only works for that one website--the same pictures still appear on hundreds of websites throughout the Internet.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/04/13 - 03:13 pm
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"White Cracker"
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I suspect.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/04/13 - 03:31 pm
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How do you clear your name

How do you clear your name from a disorderly conduct arrest in which an officer, despite hearing himself the verbal abuse being poured on a person, racist and obscene in nature, arrests the targeted person and accuses him of being the one saying those types of things, when he never did, never had, and never would? The "witness" lied and they were never able to locate said "witness" to come to court, not surprisingly. Not only that, how does the falsely accused person ever trust the police again? No wonder long-time residents in neighborhoods are afraid to report newcomers that are disturbing the peace in their communities!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/04/13 - 05:05 pm
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"But why he was not arrested

"But why he was not arrested until almost 60 mins. later, as the article reads?

Is the carefully placed word "confrontational" being used as the justification for something that happen almost 60 mins later?"

Because the police hate arresting somebody for this petty BS stuff, they were trying to calm him down. The police don't have time for this nonsense, it takes a long time to take somebody downtown and book them, it's easier just to try and talk sense into them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. They have to do a lot of paperwork and it's expensive, for just plain old-fashioned foolishness.

And this by a grown man. A grown, 27 year old man.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/04/13 - 05:13 pm
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AutumnLeaves, there is no

AutumnLeaves, there is no such thing as "clearing your name" from a DC arrest. Arrests are public record, the arrest will show up for 10 years.

Because you always have options. Walk away. Don't engage idiots. Call the police as soon as the trouble starts. Who cares what people call you, you're an adult, you aren't in high school. Consider the source. If some fool says racist and obscene things to you, who cares? If it's not true, so what?

The police get very irate when their valuable time is taken up by two people that are acting like children, especially when at least one of them is an adult. You wanted the police officer to arrest someone that was supposedly calling you names, based solely on your say-so; well, that works both ways. The police just arrest both people and let the judge figure it out. That has a way of calming everybody down and stops the trouble once and for all.

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