Chesterfield police assist Feds in Raub detention case statement

In response to numerous inquiries concerning the detention last week of Brandon J. Raub who resides in the Bensley area, Col. Thierry Dupuis issued a statement concerning his Chesterfield’s detention. “Chesterfield Police assisted federal authorities in their efforts to interview Brandon J. Raub on Thursday, Aug. 16. After speaking to Raub, officers believed him to be in need of further evaluation. Chesterfield officers at the scene contacted Chesterfield Mental Health Crisis Intervention,” Col. Dupuis stated. “Crisis workers recommended that police take Raub into custody and bring him in for evaluation. Chesterfield police took Raub into custody for evaluation in accordance with Virginia State Code § 37.2-808 Emergency custody.”

According to Business Insider – Military and Defense, Raub is a former U.S. Marine who accused the government of lying about 9/11 and spoke of “The Revolution” on Facebook. Brandon Raub’s mother, said authorities from the FBI, Secret Service and Chesterfield County  Police Department came to their door, questioned Raub about his Facebook posts, which are critical of the official story regarding 9/11 and refer to “starting a revolution.” The FBI was not involved according to an update by Business Insider.
Renee Nal, who wrote the Business Insider piece wrote that Raub’s mother said he returned about a year ago after serving in Afghanistan (after serving in Iraq) and did not suffer from PTSD.

Col. Dupuis stated, “Raub was placed in handcuffs after he resisted officers’ attempts to take him into custody. Raub was evaluated by a Chesterfield mental health official, who determined that he should be held under a temporary detention order and transported to John Randolph Medical Center for additional evaluation. Raub was not arrested and he faces no criminal charges in Chesterfield. As this is not a criminal matter, Chesterfield police have no further comment.”

UPDATE: Raub has been transferred to Salem VA Hospital for a further psych evaluation.


This Politically Motivated Detention Discredits Psychiatry

It is a serious error to label people mentally ill based on their politics and theology. Brandon Raub's unlawful detention is case in point. Occasionally people really are so ill that they need to be taken into custody, both for their own protection and the sake of the community. Brandon Raub has demonstrated himself to be unusually sane. Keeping him imprisoned in a mental institution and facetiously pretending he isn't well calls the practice of psychiatry in the U.S. into question. It forces every citizen to wonder if our public mental health authorities are mentally and morally fit for their duties.

Obviously, Brandon Raub suffered no significant mental illness. By pretending he did and pretending nameless, faceless “Crisis workers" were responsible for Mr. Raub's unlawful detention, Chesterfield Police, the FBI and the Secret Service have done psychiatry a huge disservice.

Nameless, faceless "crisis workers" can't be held responsible for this sort of crime. They did not interview Mr. Raub, and they didn't kidnap him from his home and hold him prisoner. If these "crisis workers" are to be held responsible for depriving citizens of the exercise of their Constitutional Rights, then these "crisis workers" may no longer remain nameless and faceless. That's not how due process works in the United States.

The crimes committed against Mr. Raub are so egregious that there will definitely be a civil suit, and possibly criminal charges. Eventually the names of these "crisis workers" will be known, as well as their true role in these serious violations of public trust and Mr. Raub's Constitutional rights.

The assorted miscreants culpable in Mr. Raub's unlawful detention had better hope the stress of being kidnapped and held prisoner does not cause Mr. Raub to become emotionally ill. They had better pray devoutly that Mr. Raub isn't made ill by psychotropic drugs, assaulted by real mental patients or abused by sociopathic orderlies. The eyes of the world are on Mr. Raub and his kidnappers.

We know a political prisoner when we see one. There will be a reckoning in a court of law for every crime committed against Mr. Raub. Each minute that passes while Mr. Raub remains a prisoner compounds the culpability of his tormentors.

AP article highly misleading

What the AP article irresponsibly fails to mention is that the 'Sharpen my axe' post is a popular line from the song 'Bring Me Down' by the major rap group Swollen Members. Raub had other songs by the rap group posted on his wall as well as a large number of other hip-hop related posts. Posting of violent rap lyrics on facebook walls is commonplace and not cause for concern.

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