The founder and president of Shield Tactical, John W. Harrington, has decided to take matters into his own hands regarding the imprisonment of Marine reservist Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been held on weapons charges after he made a "wrong turn" in March, forcing him to drive through a checkpoint into Mexico.
Andrew "served two combat tours in Afghanistan and is now a prisoner in Mexico," as reported at wsvn last month during a heartbreaking interview with Andrew's mother, Jill. "One wrong turn, he comes out of a blind curve, and there he is in the Mexican Customs lane," she was quoted as saying.
"The people that can do something about this, will not," Harrington told the Examiner. Harrington will be riding from Shiner, Texas at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the invitation posted on Facebook. The ultimate destination is Tombstone, Ariz., where his group will stay for 36 hours, he said. "I have riders taking time off of work," Harrington said, illustrating the dedication many people feel for this cause.
The event captured the interest of the group "2 Million Bikers to DC," who has also appealed to their members to join the ride to support Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.
To join the ride, any mode of transportation is welcome. Additionally, if people want to come to the rally in Tombstone on Wednesday, Harrington welcomed all supporters. If people cannot make the ride to Tombstone, the group is also accepting donations for food and fuel, as well as unexpected expenditures like vehicle problems. Live updates on the progress of Harrington's team will be posted at the Shield Tactical Facebook page, as well as the 2 Million Bikers to DC Facebook page.
A petition to the White House demanding action on the imprisoned soldier has garnered 123,425 signatures at the time of this writing.