A controversial newsletter publisher remains in custody on several felony charges after he was shot by members of the Missouri Highway Patrol in November. The suspect, reportedly known as the Bulletinman, publishes anti-government rhetoric in his YouTube and print products. He is accused of resisting arrest, attempting to harm a police officer, armed criminal action, tampering with evidence and marijuana possession, among other charges.
The 46-year-old has been involved in the anti-government efforts for years, according to media reports. He has called government officials communists, and he contends that the nation is ruled by devil-worshippers from the Freemasons. Despite his controversial views, the man should still receive the full protection of the law. It appears that he was arrested simply because of a suspicious video posted on the Internet. That video yielded charges of drug possession, which caused officers to hunt the man down at a local gas station.
Officers seized computers from the man's Franklin County home shortly after the video surfaced. They allege that they found marijuana paraphernalia in the background of the video shoot. The man had reportedly threatened to harm several law officers if they did not vacate their professional positions by Sept. 17, also known in some circles as Constitution Day.
The man has been hospitalized for about one month in connection with an incident in which he drew a firearm against authorities. He was accused of drug possession during the Sept. 11 encounter, which occurred at a local gas station. The man was shot when he reached for a handgun.
The man was reportedly shot in the head and chest, and he is currently being fed through a tube, according to updates on his Web site posted by his friends.
It is not clear whether the man intends to enter a guilty or not-guilty plea in connection with the incident. The man was ostensibly arrested simply because of an exercise of speech protected by the First Amendment, which could limit the reach of the prosecution in this case.
Source: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Charges against 'Bulletinman' include resisting arrest, armed criminal action," Leah Thorsen, Dec. 4, 2012