Roosevelt Twyne, a 25-year-old African-American security guard, was arrested by Roselle Park Police.
Evan Nappen, Twyne's attorney, says his client was charged for illegally carrying a firearm and being in possession of so-called hollow point ammunition.
"He was arrested for the hollow point ammunition," Nappen told the Free Beacon. "Then they claimed he was transporting his handgun illegally. He had a permit to carry a handgun. The law … makes it clear that it's illegal to transport unless you are licensed pursuant to chapter 58. And that is precisely what a handgun carry permit is."
Nappen stated that the ammunition his client was carrying was not hollow points, instead, they were "critical duty" which is the same ammunition that his employer issues.
Twyne has stated that he has been unable to work for a month.
According to the Freebeacon, a crowdfunding effort to pay for Twyne's defense has raised nearly $5,500 from 189 donors as of Friday.
This incident does not surprise me what-so-ever. The officers that made this arrest did not care whether or not Twyne had the right to carry his firearms. They were trying to send a message. A black man with a gun is not tolerated in New Jersey. The fact that he was a security officer with a gun permit makes his arrest even egregious. It should be a lesson to black people everywhere, even if you are in compliance with the law, certain laws are not for you.
To be honest, I’m surprised Twyne wasn’t shot. Police know they can easily shoot a black man these days. With Twyne having a gun they could have shot him and said they felt like their live were in danger.
Victor Jarome Morrow