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Capt. Jerry Bledsoe demands a man relinquish his guns. (Source: YouTube)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — A man felt that he was harassed during an encounter with a police officer. While investigating a noise complaint, the cop demanded that the homeowner surrender his guns. The homeowner recorded the incident and placed the evidence online to expose the abusive government agent. The man’s act of free speech is now being censored, as he has been ordered to remove all by a court that has demanded he remove all videos, pictures, and text that identifies and criticizes the officer that wronged him.
A Contentious Encounter
The incident occurred on May 1st, 2013, when Missouri homeowner Jordan Klaffer was on his rural property shooting his firearms, as he often does in a responsible manner. However, on that day, he encountered resistance from someone in plainclothes who claimed to be a police officer.
The man who arrived was Jerry Bledsoe, who serves as both a captain on the a Scott County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the chief of the Kelsoe PD.
A confrontation followed. Mr. Klaffer had the foresight to turn on his cell-phone camera to document the incident.
Klaffer explained that he had confirmed with another officer that there was no ordinance that prohibited him from discharging firearms on his property.
Capt. Bledsoe did not seem to dispute that, but claimed that anything Klaffer does that bothers anyone else is considered “disturbing the peace.” Things took an unexpected turn when Bledsoe demanded that he immediately turn over his firearms.
“I’m not going to argue with you… you will turn your guns over to me, or you will be placed under arrest.”
The penalty for disturbing the peace is a small fine. Klaffer was later fined $125.00. What is not prescribed in the law is relinquishing property.
Mr. Klaffer believed his rights were being violated by the request to hand over property. Following the encounter, he made his opinions known on the internet. He uploaded the video and identified the officer. He was so incensed that he posted a picture that compared him to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein:
Bledsoe did not take kindly to this. What happens next was summarized by the ACLU:
[Jordan] Klaffer is a gun owner who frequently fires his gun at objects on private property. On May 1, 2013, Jerry Bledsoe, a police …read more