Chesterfield, VA—A Chesterfield man and Marine veteran who was detained for psychological evaluation after posting questionable messages to his Facebook wall is now speaking out about his ordeal, in a video released online Tuesday.
(The video can be watched above)
26-year-old Brandon J. Raub was confronted at his home by FBI agents on Thursday, August 16. According to Richmond FBI spokeswoman Dee Rybiski, the agency did not arrest Raub, but took him to John Randolph Medical Center for evaluation.
Raub posted a series of controversial messages to his Facebook wall, including this one, dated August 5: "If you are unaware of the great amount of evil perpetrated by the American Government I suggest you take … your head out of the sand. The day of reckoning is almost at hand."
The FBI declined to comment further to 8News.
A viewer sent 8News a video which shows Raub being detained on August 16 by FBI agents and Chesterfield County police officers. Raub's mother, who was interviewed on the "Josh Tolley Show," expressed her view of the situation: "He was questioned about why he was making those comments…he was very calm. I wasn't there, so I'm going off what Brandon told me. He was not read his rights. I want that to be very clear, he was NOT read his rights. He was put in the back of a Chesterfield County police car and taken away."
On Sunday, August 19, relatives of Raub and others were staging a protest outside of the John Randolph Medical Center, calling for his release.
A Facebook group in support of Raub had more than 3,450 members Monday, August 20. A post on the group's page said a protest, calling for Raub's release, was held Monday at 8 a.m. at the John Randoph Medical Center.
At a hearing on the morning of August 20, Raub's defense attorneys argued that Raub's First Amendment rights had been violated when he was removed by his home by federal agents without being arrested. The judge determined that Raub will remain detained for up to 30 days, in conjunction with a mental evaluation.
On Tuesday, August 21, a special justice denied an emergency motion filed by The Rutherford Institute on Raub's behalf, requesting that Raub not be moved to a Salem hospital.
Raub was ordered to a psychiatric ward in the Salem hospital for 30 days. The hospital is about three hours from Raub's home.
On Wednesday, The Rutherford Institute appealed Raub's detention at Hopewell District Court. The organization also filed a motion challenging the decision to transfer Raub to the Salem hospital.
At a hearing held at the Hopewell Circuit Court, a judge ordered that Raub be released. The judge reasoned that the case against Raub is devoid of any factual allegations, and therefore should not proceed. The release order for the Marine veteran took effect immediately Thursday afternoon.
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