Cops threatened because of response to man in military uniform

STOCKTON - Campus police at Delta College in Stockton said they've never experienced such anger after hearing more than a few anonymous phone calls of hatred and threats.

"We've been getting calls from callers, claiming they're former military, telling us to watch our backs, if they see us on the streets, to watch out," Delta Officer Jim Bock said.

It was last week when college cops arrested one of the two veterans who confronted a man on campus who was dressed head to toe in military clothing. Kristopher VIeira was allegedly so confrontational that he was charged with disturbing the peace and making threats. Vieira and the other man insisted the man was not in the military and was violating the law by dressing that way.

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Vieira admitted to News10 he over reacted, but those callers to Delta police aren't letting it go and dozens of people have emailed News10 claiming last week's story was inaccurate because Bock said the man in the uniform wasn't violating the law.

Bock repeated his stance Wednesday that even though wearing military gear may be considered disrespectful, it's not illegal.

"According to the U.S. Attorney, we've been in contact with them several times, there is no enforceable action we could have taken against him without violating his constitutional rights," Bock said. "Even though it's something they're passionate about, we're bound to uphold the constitution they fought for."

Delta officials said Wednesday the man seen in the video wearing military clothing is not a student, and they don't believe he was in the military. They also said the man has been advised, for his own safety, to avoid campus if he insists on wearing the military clothing. Since last week's confrontation, the man has been off campus.


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