Apparently, some guy broke the law by carrying a gun without permit in 1999, assaulted an officer when caught, refused to go to court, holed up in his house, and nothing ever happened.
And he is white.
That last detail is the key here, because I can assure you that if he had been any other skin color or of a religion other than Christian, he'd absolutely be dead or at a minimum behind bars.
Here's more details:
A stand-off between police and a Texas man, who holed up on his 47-acre ranch for fifteen years after he assaulted a police officer, ended peacefully this week when the man –and the sheriff’s department — were informed that charges against him were dropped back in 2014.
According to WFAA, John Joe Gray was arrested in 1999 for assaulting a state trooper during a traffic stop when he was found carrying a pistol without a permit. Telling the officer it was his God-given right to carry the gun, Gray attacked the officer and bit him.
Although charged with assaulting a public servant, Gray refused to go to court and face charges. Instead he armed himself in his home, warning law enforcement officials if they came looking for him that they better “bring extra body bags. Those who live by the sword will die.”
Since that time, Gray has kept to his property — festooned with anti-government signs, with one reading, “Vaccinations equal annihilation.”
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said he never sent officers in to extract Gray, saying he feared for their lives if they entered the property.
“It wasn’t worth it,” the sheriff said. “Joe Gray has been in prison out there himself, in my opinion, for 14 years.”
During that time, Gray, his children and his grandchildren, have patrolled the property with pistols and rifles, refusing to let strangers in.Now, I can see the Sheriff's point that he needs to weigh the need to apprehend and punish this douchebag against the risk to the lives of his officers and the danger to the community, given that the guy is living like a recluse. And I can almost agree that yes, it's as if he's been in jail for 14 years because he never could leave his property.
However, he was still enjoying the comforts of his home. He could get whatever he needed or wanted from friends and neighbors. He certainly had a lot more freedom than he'd have had in a jail cell for 14 years!!
And let's not forget that if he had been black, Hispanic, Asian, or Muslim, or probably even a Jew his self-imposed isolation would not have been tolerated.