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Legal fund established for man arrested at State House gun rally

  • Daniel Musso, of Brentwood, is apprehended by law enforcement officers during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Daniel Musso, of Brentwood, is apprehended by law enforcement officers during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Gun regulation advocate John Cantin speaks to the crowd at a gun control rally organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Gun regulation advocate John Cantin speaks to the crowd at a gun control rally organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Daniel Musso, of Brentwood, is apprehended by law enforcement officers during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Gun regulation advocate John Cantin speaks to the crowd at a gun control rally organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

A legal fund has been established for the Brentwood man who was arrested and subdued with a Taser two weeks ago at a gun control rally outside the State House, according to supporters.

Daniel Musso, a 52-year-old gun rights advocate, was charged the night of the rally with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and simple assault after he heckled a speaker and touched a police officer on the shoulder. He was released from jail on $5,000 cash bail hours after the incident and is scheduled for an appearance at Concord’s district court in August, according to the Concord police.

Jack Kimball, a former gubernatorial candidate and chairman of the state Republican Party who organized a counter-rally at the event, of which Musso had been a part, notified supporters late last week about the fund. Kimball said he did not create the fund and did not reveal yesterday who did.

Last week, the state branch of pro-Second Amendment group Gun Rights Across America promoted the fundraising effort on its Facebook page, publishing in a post: “Let’s Help out a True Patriot and a Vet. For those of you that Know Mr. Musso then you know that he is facing a Long Legal Battle. Let’s try to help him out. Please donate to Daniel Musso’s legal fund: TD Bank, N.A. 32 Chestnut Street, PO Box 1377, Lewiston, ME 04243-1377.”

The group’s state organizer, Christopher Smart, said it did not establish the fund. Despite promoting it, Smart added his organization did not condone Musso’s behavior at the rally.

In his email to supporters, Kimball indicated that Musso had hired an attorney to represent him on the charges, and he faced unforeseen legal fees. He added that the court had ordered Musso to turn in his weapons following the arrest, which the Concord police confirmed had been a condition of his bail, though they said they had no record that he had turned in any weapons. An officer at the Brentwood Police Department also said they had no record of confiscating any weapons.

News of the fund came only days after Musso’s house was badly damaged by a chimney fire, which resulted in about $150,000 in damage, said firefighter Joe Bird of the Brentwood Fire Department.

Musso would not comment yesterday about the fund, the arrest or the fire.

In his email to supporters, Kimball said he felt compelled to help Musso after hearing about the fire and witnessing the arrest, which he characterized as unfounded because Musso had done nothing wrong.

“I can’t tell you how upset this has made me,” he wrote, noting what he indicated to be Musso’s multiple ties to law enforcement and the military, including two sons serving in Afghanistan.

Video footage from the rally showed Musso apparently resisting arrest and, concurrently, informing an officer with a Taser pointed at his chest that he had a heart condition. Musso eventually freed an arm from behind his back, where two other officers were attempting to handcuff him, and the officer with the Taser fired the weapon.

“I was an eye witness to what happened and I can tell you, with certainty, that the man who was tazed did not deserve the treatment he received from the Concord Police Department,” Kimball wrote. “It should have been handled completely differently.”

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

Legacy Comments12

I don't agree with that idiot, but he got a raw deal.

HA HA HA! This guy's worst nightmare just came true, and he did ALL BY HIMSELF! Yes sir, he built this great big mess out of nothing. Worried about the cops taking your guns? Don't come out and make a public nuisance of yourself and then willfully disobey a police officer, an INSTANT excuse for arrest. Don't agree with someone's political view? Feel free to disagree, legally and with civility. Committing a crime in front of video cameras is not exactly a brilliant tactic. Mr. Musso, the Man Who Self Destroyed.

What idiot would want to contribute to this imbeciles defense fund? What kind of a moron would even establish a fund for this dolt? This moron gets what he deserves and it's time people like this realize that they aren't immune to being held accountable for their actions.

Given the volatile situation, with a gun-toting mob attempting to intimidate and silence those who had peaceably assembled, police were right in arresting one who was brazen in his use of intimidation tactics, and who then refused to cooperate with the arresting officers. The arrest served to help restore order. Pity that Mr. DeMicco, the owner of Riley's, didn't get arrested too--he deserved it.

I am normally a strong supporter of our fire and police first responders. I have police officers in my family. However the response I witnessed that resulted in the arrest of Mr. Musso was clearly an over reaction by officers who came to the event looking for a fight. Mr. Musso's inappropriate conduct drew a response from a security office that was reasonable, and he withdrew from the confrontation he was involved in with the speaker at the time. At that point the incident should have been over. But the officers who arrived were clearly looking for the opportunity to "demonstrate their authority".

from the video I just show the police showed great restraint, many more should have been arrested for inferring with an officer, maybe the Concord PD can use this video to find the others and charge them also, the fact is he poked tan officer of the Law in the shoulder which is a crime, and he should have the book thrown at him...............anyone defending his actions that day shouldn't have a gun as they are a danger to community

I agree. While I support law enforcement in general, a touch like that one resulting in a "simple assault" charge is ridiculous. This is the sort if stuff our State legislature passes for RSAs and it is their fault for supporting the idea to begin with. In other circumstances, a person wishing to thank a cop for a job well done could easily give a friendly touch to the shoulder, or side of the arm, without charges being filed. As a gun owner who fully supports the 2A, I don't agree at all with the loud, obnoxious "in your face" approach used by the pro-gun counter-protesters at this rally, nor do I see Mr. Musso doing anything at all that calls for getting tazed followed by an assault charge.

What the Concord Police Dept did to that gentleman was inexcusable!!

This jerk got what he deserved, anyone knows that when you put your hand on a police officer in the situation he was in, you get arrested......too bad, so sad....doofus goes to jail.

"Touching a police officer on the shoulder", as he did in the video, is a perfect example of a trumped up charge. Why don't they call it attempted murder???

I have to admit the "touch" is a stretch. Fortunately being stupid and belligerent are not offenses.

There were people, peaceful people at the rally who worried for their safety due to the aggressiveness of the gun advocates. No one is out to take away guns. We want responsible law. Anyone carrying a weapon to State House grounds and who stands inches from the face of another screaming is not acting responsibly.

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