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Foursome flaunts carrying assault weapons in video
EAST PRICE HILL, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Videos that made their way around Facebook and other social media sites had neighbors talking about fears of violence.
The video showed a man and two women carrying around high-powered weapons. They made no attempt to hide their weapons and the videos are full of racial slurs. The voice in the video was that of a man who recorded three of his friends walking through the streets of East Price Hill. They flaunted the fact that they are legally carrying AR-15's through the neighborhood.
Tracy Howard recently moved into the neighborhood. She grew up in South Africa in an era of apartheid. She was not only troubled by the video but what she sees in East Price Hill.
William Helton was also amazed by what he saw and heard. The video showed the foursome walk by district three police headquarters and were later questioned by police officers. They go on their way, bragging about being able to legally walk the streets carrying assault weapons.
Since that video was recorded, Cincinnati police have arrested two of the four people in connection with the recent CIRV initiative. Charged were Jesse Deboard, the man heard on the video. The other was identified as Stephanie Coverman. Warrants are out for Chris Masters and Christina Tharp.
The repeated bleeps of the 'n' word, which Local 12 was told is common street talk about white gangs; while it may be racially insensitive, police do not believe it is racially motivated. Fortunately, this type of behavior is not something seen often. Outrage is understandable but officials urge people to fight the urge to act alone.
If you encounter situations like the one you saw, the best thing you can do is walk away, call police, and report exactly what you saw and heard.
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