Brandon McCormick has said he attended a Black Lives Matter protest, armed with a bow and arrow, to protect police from unruly demonstrators.
Now the 57-year-old man, who has spent nearly two decades of his life behind bars in California and once was convicted of battery against a public safety officer, faces three felony counts for, aiming his weapon at protesters.
Brandon is charged with two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, one count of aggravated assault and one count of threatening or using a dangerous weapon in a fight or quarrel.
All three counts are Utah’s lowest grade of felony. Each is punishable by up to five years in prison. McCormick was also charged with a misdemeanor count of threatening or using a weapon in a fight. That count carries up to a year in jail.
Brandon was booked into the Salt Lake County jail Thursday night after the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, which filed the charges, also asked that a warrant be issued for his arrest. Bail has been set at $100,000.
Brandon was recorded multiple times when hundreds of protesters gathered near Salt Lake City Hall and the downtown library to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and against racism and police violence. He parked his car in front of the library on a corner where many demonstrators had gathered and exited the vehicle.
In a posted video, McCormick, responded to a stranger who asked him if he calls himself an American with: “Yes, I’m American. All lives matter.”
The charging documents say Brandon also brandished a knife at demonstrators. He then went to the back seat of his car, retrieved a bow and aimed an arrow at those around him. The knife and archery set appear to be the basis for two of the charges against McCormick, accusing him of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.
The crowd responded by attacking Brandon and flipping his car. The vehicle was burned. Police pulled Brandon out of the melee.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune