At least, that’s the case in Michigan, where an HIV positive man has been charged with assault and being in possession of a “harmful device.” In this case, HIV is the “bioterror weapon” in question.
The charges come after a physical altercation between Daniel Allen and his neighbor. Allen alleges that his neighbors have been harassing him for years because he is gay:
For years, Allen says, the Fernandis family has routinely called him “faggot,” and harassed him. Family and friends say they have witnessed this behavior on several occasions. Allen brought two people with him to court who claim to have heard Fernandis make anti-gay remarks to Allen on more than one occasion. In at least one instance, the police may have been involved.
While Fernandis wrote in his police statement that he approached Allen that day and Allen “hugged up” to him, and began biting Fernandis, Allen says, in fact, it was Fernandis who started the violence.
Allen alleges the younger Fernandis stormed up to him, spitting.
“He got up in my face, I mean right up in my face,” Allen says, placing his hand just in front of his nose. “Then he chest bumps me. He grabbed me here,” he says indicating his rib cage, “and I started scratching at his face. He picked me up and threw me on the ground on my back.”
At that point, Allen alleges, Fernandis was joined by his wife Denise and their son and all three were assaulting him at the same time. Fernandis’ father broke the fight up.
Regardless of who started this particular fight, it’s incredibly shitty of them to say that HIV is a form of bioterrorism. It’s just astoundingly ignorant. It’s also the first case of its kind, so it will be setting a precedent. Sigh.