Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – John Fetterman published a new explanation of the story from 2013 when he allegedly detained an innocent unarmed jogger at gunpoint. Today he cited an incident that occurred last year when his son allegedly found a gun in the grass behind their home in Braddock.
“This is the Draco AK-47 my son August found directly behind our home last year while he was out with Gisele walking our dog Levi,” Fetterman wrote in the first sentence of his new explanation published today on his personal blog.
In 2013, when he was mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, John Fetterman used his shotgun to stop an unarmed Black jogger and detain him, telling the police that he had heard shots fired near his home and spotted the man running, according to the police report. “Fetterman continued to yell and state that he knows this male was shooting,” the police report says.
Fetterman Refuses To Apologize
The victim, Chris Miyares, told the local TV station in 2013 that John Fetterman had pointed the gun at his chest; the mayor denied doing so. Mr. Miyares said the incident unnerved him, and he maintained that what Fetterman took to be gunshots were bottle rockets set off by a group of kids.
Fetterman stands by his decision to detain the unarmed jogger at gunpoint, and has made no apology to Miyares.
“I believe I did the right thing,” Fetterman told WTAE-TV at the time. “But I may have broken the law in the course of it. I’m certainly not above the law.”
The experience of being held at gunpoint by Fetterman left a permanent impression on the life of Mr. Miyares, who has reportedly suffered an emotional decline in the years following the event in Braddock.
Fetterman Blames Republicans
Earlier this week Fetterman issued a video and written statement regarding the event, which was published by the New York Times. In his statement, Fetterman blamed Republicans for recently exposing the facts of the story, which had been buried by local news outlets.
“I’m not going to just sit here while a bunch of Republicans who have never given a damn about racial justice launch these bad-faith attacks from the safety of their gated communities,” Fetterman said in his statement. “They’ve never had stray bullets hit their home, or had a bullet whiz by so close that you can feel the air move. When I ran for mayor, I made a commitment to do whatever I could to confront this gun violence — and that’s exactly what I’ve done.”
In the new video released Tuesday, John Fetterman explained the tattoos on his forearms. His left arm displays the 5 digit zip code of Braddock, Pennsylvania (population 2,159) and his right arm contains the dates of murder victims in Braddock during the time when Fetterman was mayor.