About a dozen demonstrators, some of them armed with guns, stood outside of convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner’s family home in Ohio on Saturday carrying signs condemning his release just one day after he was freed from serving three of his six months’ sentence in a Santa Clara County jail.
Turner, 21, will be living with his parents in Sugarcreek Township.
Protesters reportedly held up signs which read “castrate rapists,” among others. “Shoot your local rapist” was written in chalk across the sidewalk, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
One man held up a sign which read “If I rape Brock will I only do 3 months” with a machine gun around his neck and two handguns in a holster on both of his sides. A tweet showing the image has received 90,000 retweets so far.
— coke (@wildd_child) September 3, 2016
Several other people also had guns in tow. Ohio has open carry laws and does not require a state permit or license to purchase a handgun, rifle, or shotgun.
Open carry protesters also sent their message loud and clear:
— Jay Warren (@JayWarrenWCPO) September 2, 2016
Someone suggested Turner be dropped into the middle of the ocean:
let's drop #BrockTurner in the middle of the ocean and then see what a "great swimmer" he is.
— Colin Louis Dieden (@ColinDieden) September 4, 2016
A photo series depicting rape was also created in response to Turner’s release:
— libby (@ZJMWTAF) September 5, 2016
— Mary Grace 🌻 (@marygraceamos) September 3, 2016
Last week, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer told local WHIO and the Dayton Daily News, “We’re not treating him with kid gloves. We’re going to treat him like every other sex offender that comes through the doors.”