Police arrest ‘apologetic’ Detroiter for pointing gun, hurling anti-gay slurs

This man pointed a gun at a gay man and challenged police to arrest him.
This man pointed a gun at a man for appearing gay and challenged police to arrest him.

A Detroit man who posted a video of himself pointing a gun at a man for appearing “gay” turned himself into police today, apologizing to the victim and the LGBT community in a live Periscope video.

“I feel like I owe everybody an apology,” the man said before he was arrested. “I was intoxicated, and I need to be put through rehab. I apologize.”

Police said the man, who has not yet been identified, faces felonious assault and potential hate crime charges.

A day after he posted a video of himself pointing the gun at the victim, he took to Periscope to deliver a meandering, 47-minute, anti-gay rant in which he dared police to arrest him.

“Police ain’t coming, shit,” he said, resting two handguns on his bare chest. “You see what I got. They aren’t coming nowhere near this shit. … Test the water, bitch.”

Police said they negotiated his surrender to reduce any risks to the public and law enforcement.

Before turning himself in, the man said he apologized to the victim.

“I know him personally,” he said early Saturday afternoon in the Periscope video. “I don’t know why I did that. … That ain’t how I was raised. I was just around the wrong crowd and I was intoxicated. … Liquor, weed, all that.”

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case to determine charges.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.