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December 28, 2010


Libertarians fired up over Lincoln crossbow incident

by Deena Winter

You may remember some local news coverage of a guy allegedly shooting a crossbow in his yard who got into an altercation with police outside of his mobile home.
After the incident, 32-year-old Gary Grana was arrested for third degree assault on an officer, refusing to comply, resisting arrest and unlawful discharge of a weapon in city limits. (Disregard the headline on the Youtube video; their words, not mine.)
The LA County Libertarian Examiner (whatever that is; it looks to me like of LA allows independent reporters on its site) jumped on the story Dec. 23. They reported on the incident, including a 20-minute video allegedly filmed by the suspect’s wife, which they said began with “footage of her front porch with officers piled on top of her husband.”
The video was going viral — until it was yanked from youtube and replaced by the words “this video has been removed by the user. Sorry about that.” But not before it was discussed on the website and, a high traffic website promoting libertarianism and exposing government corruption, reddit and FreeTalkLive. The video was featured on on the 24th.
One of my readers has asked me to look into this. I’ll put in a request with the police chief, but I don’t know if he’ll respond. Anyway, read all about the coverage here.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dec 28 2010

    It’s (with an S).

  2. Gene
    Dec 29 2010

    Looks like OWH has the scoop on these patriotic child abusers.

  3. Frank
    Dec 29 2010

    Why is this about BS politics. Its a law and a dangerous weapon in the hands of a dumbass. Instead of target practice he should be out trying to care for his family.

  4. Friar Tucke
    Dec 29 2010

    It’s still good reporting of an incident and provides multiple points of view. The article provides information from the crossbow owner, provides information on what is going in in our city and what law enforcement officers experience dialy. Clearly the situation could have become much more dangerous quickly. Would you have intervened if called?

    How about nominating ” Winterized” for midwest / national Blog of the Year or Cyberjournalist awards ??? Kudos !

  5. Jenn
    Dec 30 2010

    I applaud the Lincoln police for remaining as calm as they did dealing with this lady. Clearly it is a danger to be shooting a crossbow in close proximity to other houses and people. It was in fact against the law. When you are stopped for speeding do you think you’re not required to show your ID? When you are stopped for speeding do you think you have the right to drive away? In addition, iIf this man was doing nothing wrong and had nothing to hide I see no reason why he wouldn’t show an ID. The woman’s husband can present his side of the story in court. She can do the same if she feels she was so wronged. Why escalate the situation by continuing to be uncooperative and obtrusive during the completion of the investigation?


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