He thought they were migrants on the bus
This is kind of an interesting story. It shows how crazy some of us and it also shows a presence in our military too. Active or reservist military are not supposed to be doing this.
Here we have an off-duty officer of the Massachusetts Army National Guard following a busload of senior citizens in a dangerous manner . . . tailgating. He then confronts them when they reach their hotel.
“An off-duty Massachusetts National Guard Lt. Colonel aggressively follows and confronts a tour bus full of senior citizens,” Cape Cod Times, Eric Williams
A tour bus bringing senior citizens to their East Falmouth hotel on Sept. 19 was aggressively pursued by a National Guard officer from Joint Base Cape Cod. He thought the bus was carrying migrants due to a Tallahassee, Florida sign on the side of the bus.
Soon to get a reprimand Lt. Col. Christopher Hoffman, 51, of the Massachusetts Army National Guard recorded his pursuit of the bus on Facebook Live. Christopher thought the bus was part of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ kidnapping of supposedly illegal immigrants. To make the matter worse, he can be heard praising DeSantis on the live stream video.
The nighttime pursuit along Route 28 south continued for approximately 10 miles. Going from the vicinity of the Bourne Rotary to the Admiralty Inn & Suites, 51 Teaticket Highway in East Falmouth, terrifying the passengers.
Of course, everyone on the bus was complimenting him for his close order driving behind the bus with his brights on. The police did come and their report shows he was a bit off in his thinking. And the National Guard?
“The Massachusetts National Guard considers the conduct of this soldier to be inappropriate and inconsistent with our military values,” Col. Mark Kalin, Commander, Massachusetts Army National Guard, said in a statement to the Times.
“We are currently working to ensure our service member is evaluated and receives any services he may need, while also reviewing appropriate disciplinary actions. The incident is currently under investigation and no further information is available at this time.”
You don’t get to harass the civilians no matter where you served. And somebody praising DeSantis has issues.
He needs to be fired.
I’m sure there’s plenty more where this one came from. Sad.
There are vigilantes all over, even here in MA it seems.
Some are in the militia, err – National Guard. And some drive around in their cars looking for evil-doers apparently. It this case, the colonel who is a superior is quite pissed at this behavior by a subordinate & will do something about it.
Maybe you, Dan, and Joel should talk with him since he is up in your neck of the woods? We are not as bold as the Repubs threatening violence, yes?
The scary thing here is that about half the country is this half witted.
I don’t know if that makes one full wit, or only one fourth wit.
[and yes that last line is a mathematical joke.]
No, the scary thing is is it’s a feature, not a bug …
Some of these asshats are getting bolder and bolder. They do not believe there will be repercussions to the way they act towards others.
if I may borrow from my own observations about Rick Scott and the people who vote for him,
most of these “asshats” are clinically insane. They have no comprehension of consequences, and no real grasp of the reality of other people. [not the reality us other people believe in, but that other people are real at all, with real feelings, real needs, real rights…] The scary thing is that there are so many of them. What Trump did for democracy was to give these people permission to come and act-out on the streets. They see themselves as part of a “movement” to make the world safe for whatever insane idea they can hold in their mind for the minute or so it takes them to do something stupid.