AG Nessel Not Pursuing Charges For Brandishing Incident Over Zoom

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced on Friday that she will not be pursing charges against the Grand Traverse County Commissioner.

In January, the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners held a public meeting in a virtual setting due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A community member was addressing a previous meeting in which two members of the Proud Boys addressed the board in support of adoption of Second Amendment Sanctuary status.

During the community members comment, Clous got up from his seat, went out of the camera frame, and then returned holding a rifle.

A review of the meeting showed Clous held it across his chest for about five seconds before sitting it down out of frame.

It also showed that Clous did not point it directly at the camera at any point.

Following the incident, local officials were in contact with AG Nessel for advice on how to proceed.

After thorough review of the incident, the Department determined Clous’ actions did not prove malicious intent.

“I appreciate the community member who came forward to file this report, and I respect the conclusion reached by my office,” said Nessel. “I find Commissioner Clous’ action to be reprehensible and irresponsible, but not illegal.”

Clous is currently serving his fourth term on the board.