Donald F. Scott, 50, the armed guard who protected Geraldo Rivera as he covered the Baltimore riots last month was arrested on May 1 because he did not have a license to carry a gun in Maryland.
According to The Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Rector, the guard “has been in jail since May 1 for carrying guns around Baltimore protest w/o an MD carry permit.”
The Sun reported that Baltimore Officer John Potter “spotted a man holding handcuffs and an ammunition box” on May 1 and kept watching as Scott allegedly “open the rear hatch of a Chevy Suburban and pull a Glock handgun from his waistband.”
According to Potter’s statement of probable cause, Potter then “signaled to other officers after spotting the Glock and Scott was detained. The Glock had one bullet in the chamber. Officers then found a loaded Cobra revolver in a second holster on Scott’s waist.”
Scott told the officers he left his permit to carry the weapons at home, according to the statement but police later determined that Scott did not have a license to carry in Maryland the statement said.
Police immediately arrested Scott on “two gun charges”. He remains in jail on a $350,000 bond.
According to Rector, “Assistant Public Defender Anthony Strollo, who was appointed Scott’s attorney after Scott was deemed indigent, said in a motion seeking his release that he lives with his wife in Washington with their seven children. Scott is a former law enforcement officer, bus driver and “the breadwinner for the family,” Strollo wrote.”
Rector reported that Scott was working as security for FOX News during the unrest in Baltimore on May 1. Fox spokeswoman Dana Klinghoffer referred questions to a security contractor used by Fox during the Baltimore unrest. Officials with that company didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.
Breitbart News noted in their report on the incident that Fox’s decision to provide Geraldo Rivera with armed protection during the riots was peculiar is this respect. Breitbart News previously reported that on August 28 Rivera described the Second Amendment as “blind and stupid”. Breitbart reprinting his entire statement which reads:
“Like I’ve always said, the Second Amendment, the provision that gives every American the right to keep and bear arms, is blind and stupid. In its relentless pimping for the gun industry, the NRA has unleashed an avalanche of deadly weapons on this gun-crazy country.
Just as [it] protects access to weapons for cops and hunters, it also protects access to weapons for domestic abusers, mental patients, jerk-offs on the no-fly list, all-around dim bulbs, and now little children.”
“Yet he had an armed security guard while in Baltimore,” Breitbart opined.