Marine detained for Facebook posts

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield Marine was detained after concerns about his Facebook posts.

YouTube video shows 26-year-old Brandon Raub being taken away in handcuffs Thursday in Chesterfield, after police say the marine wasn't cooperating. That video has gone viral and sparked debate over everyone's First Amendment rights.

After several interviews with the marine, Chesterfield Police say they still need to evaluate his mental state. Raub is currently being held for a mental evaluation at John Randolph Hospital in Hopewell. 

About a dozen people stood outside of the Hospital, showing support for Brandon Raub Monday afternoon.

Federal investigators say they received a number of complaints about Raub's Facebook posts.

On August 14, Raub posted, "The revolution will come for me. Men will be at my door soon to pick me up to lead it." He then added his home address.

On August 13, Raub posted, "sharpen up my axe; I'm here to sever heads."

"I don't think he meant violence. He meant a revolution of thinking," said Jesse Cash, who served with Raub.

But in the wake of two mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, we asked Raub's supporters if they think the FBI is doing its due diligence.

"Those mass shootings have nothing to do with anything, and it's their right to say comments on Facebook," Cash responded.

That stance is echoed by the Rutherford Institute, which is acting as Raub's legal team. It says, authorities took music lyrics out of context and Raub's detention is quote a "violation of his First Amendment rights."

But Chesterfield Police maintain that mental health officials determined he needs further evaluation.

Raub is being held on a temporary detention order. According to Raub's attorneys, that means he can be detained at John Randolph Hospital for up to thirty days.

Read Chesterfield Police's statement on the case

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