Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Man Who Flashed His Gun At FAMU Students
On Friday Tallahassee police issued an arrest warrant for the white man accused of brandishing a gun at four FAMU students on September 8.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Don Crandall, 49, is wanted for improper exhibition of a firearm, following the incident. Crandall has not yet surrendered to the police.
Prior to the arrest warrant, police were investigating under Florida’s statute of aggravated assault with deadly weapon without intent to kill.
After a large outcry from the FAMU community, Tallahassee police launched an investigation on September 10, the Democrat reports. A day before the arrest warrant was issued, the State Attorney completed its review of the investigation.
The incident, posted to Twitter by one of the students named Isiah Butterfield, shows Crandall in a heated altercation with the group after he barred them from entering Stadium Centre, a student complex.
The video shows Crandall flashing his gun in the entryway of the building’s elevator after the young men visited the complex to attend a friend’s house party.
“These are the kind of people that are burning Nike products, we are sick of the discrimination,” Butterfield wrote as a caption under the video. “Never thought I’d have a personal experience with racism like this, this man pulled a gun on us because we were walking up to my friends apartment w/o a key.”
Crandall’s virulent interaction with the students, filled with vile language, again shed light on similar incidents where white community members protest the idea of Black people enjoying the same civil liberties.
“Once we found out he had the gun, it turned into a whole different situation,” Butterfield said in an interview with ABC News. “We really think he was trying to provoke us to the point where it got violent so he could retaliate with the gun. I knew that if this dude even feels threatened, he’s going to find any excuse to pull the trigger.”
The blowback for Crandall was swift and imminent–he was fired from his job as a hotel manager at the Baymont by Wyndham Tallahassee Central.