Po­lice visit film writer over call on Face­book for armed rev­o­lu­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Ken Shep­herd

New York City po­lice paid wri­ter­di­rec­tor Paul Schrader a visit re­cently for a Face­book screed that sug­gested an armed in­sur­rec­tion against a Trump pres­i­dency was in or­der.

“In a late-night mis­sive, Schrader dubbed the com­ing Trump pres­i­dency ‘a call to vi­o­lence’ and sug­gested that ‘we should be will­ing to take arms. Like Old John Brown,’” wrote the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter.

The trade magazine noted that Mr. Schrader quickly deleted his post but not in time to evade the no­tice of an NYPD coun­tert­er­ror­ism unit.

Mr. Schrader blamed his lapse in judg­ment on wash­ing down the sleep pill Am­bien with some wine. He also told THR that the of­fi­cers who paid him a visit did not act as if they saw him as a se­ri­ous threat.

“Be­fore he left, the de­tec­tive gave me his con­tact in­for­ma­tion and said, ‘If any­one ha­rasses you at your build­ing, give me a call,’” Mr. Schrader, per­haps best known for writ­ing the scripts to the Martin Scors­ese films “Taxi Driver” and “Rag­ing Bull,” told THR. “These guys were half apolo­getic and said, ‘Oh, we have to do this.’”

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