Men arrested after walking into Dearborn police station carrying guns, wearing armor

Men are advocates of open carry law

DEARBORN, Mich. – Two armed men wearing tactical vests were arrested Sunday after they walked into the Dearborn police station.

Police said their response when they saw the heavily armed men walking into the police station was to protect themselves.

The stunt was recorded on cellphones and Go Pro camera by three men. Two of the men, who said they performed the act after an illegal traffic stop, were arrested.

Police received a call from shoppers Sunday who saw two men putting on masks and body armor. The shoppers thought the men looked dangerous and suspicious.

The police showed up and couldn't find the men, but a few minutes later, they pulled over their car.

"Let me go on my way," one of the men said during the traffic stop. "Let me be free to go, (because) we've broken no laws. This, you know this, this is an illegal detention and you'd better get your s*** straight, (because) we're done. ... Oh, I will file a complaint."

You can view the full video below. WARNING: The video contains explicit language.

One of the men who posted the YouTube video of their traffic stop wore his mask during the stop. The men immediately made good on the promise to file a complaint.

"We felt a little afraid for our lives when we were pulled over, so we figured we'd better protect ourselves," one of the men said.

On Sunday afternoon, they walked into the Dearborn Police Department headquarters with long guns drawn around their necks and masks on. Video cameras were rolling as they received a greeting that might have been expected from police.

"Dude, put that on the ground," a police officer said. "Put it on the ground. I will put a round in you, sir."

Detroit saw a shootout in a precinct about six years ago.

"What the hell is the matter with you?" an officer said. "Put it down, barrel down. Set it down. Step back."

Dearborn police arrested the two men, and Lt. Gary Mann said the on-duty officers showed considerable restraint.

"It's terrifying," Mann said. "There's been so many attacks on police officers nationwide over the past year or two that they feared for their safety, I'm sure."

You can see the video of the men walking into the Dearborn police station and the audio of the incident below. WARNINGThe video contains explicit language.

The weapon one man had was an AP-14, a pistol fitted with a long gun barrel and stock. Police said it's a very dangerous weapon.

"It has a 7.62-caliber round, similar to (what) an AK-47 would have," police said.

The men are advocates of open carry laws, but the Open Carry of Michigan Organization contacted the Dearborn Police Department on Monday and said it isn't associated with the men and does not support what they did.

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