Managing Editor’s note: This is the culmination of years of violence and shame. Which, in and of itself, is a shame, because it reflects badly upon all of us. It is clear, despite our hope, that the apple will not stop rotting.
Chris Osman, former SEAL team 3 member and founder and former employee of Tactical Assault Gear, was arrested and charged with felony assault and battery of a teenager, stemming from an incident that took place on May 20th of this year. (SOFREP has been contacted by TAG to clarify that they have not been affiliated or associated with Mr. Osman since February 2017.)
Among the ever-growing list of veteran owned and operated companies, Osman has made a name for his brand primarily through levying accusations at other, more prominent, veteran business owners. While the veteran community has been known to “eat its own,” Osman’s preferred method of attempted character assassination has resulted in a number of burned bridges within the Special Operations community. Although so many veterans work to combat the violent and generally aggressive stereotypes so often attributed to them, Osman appears to have fallen victim the very clichés many within the Special Operations community strive to rise above; first through attacks on his fellow teammates, then through recurring alleged incidents of road rage and physical abuse of females, and now through the alleged assault of an unarmed man.
Osman served his country as a United States Marine, and then later as a Navy SEAL assigned to SEAL Team 3. He also served alongside SOFREP founder and CEO Brandon Webb, and has drawn a great deal of attention on various social media platforms in recent months for inflammatory statements made regarding the service of Webb and other prominent veterans. These posts happen to tie into stickers and other products he produces and sells to commemorate his attacks on other veteran-owned businesses; an effort that proves transparent at the perusal of his posts, which includes far more references to other companies than to his own.
According to documents provided to SOFREP, Osman faces one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and one count of battery with serious bodily injury. His victim was reportedly a man named Brandon Mansfield. According to the official complaint produced by the Superior Court of California in San Diego County, Osman “personally inflicted great bodily injury upon Brandon Mansfield.” Additionally, the State of California produced a personal protective order barring Osman from making contact with or being in the vicinity of Mansfield after the attack took place.
Osman was arrested for these crimes on September 1st of this year, and is expected in court Wednesday, December 6th.
Osman, like many veterans, owns and operates a military-oriented business that sells products ranging from tactical gear to stickers. The social media posts on his private and business profiles, however, rely heavily on addressing other individuals or brands, seemingly with the intent to incite debate or outrage, thus driving more traffic to his endeavors. SOFREP attempted to reach out to Osman earlier this year to permit him a formal platform to air his grievances, but Osman declined both publicly and privately.
Because Osman refused to discuss his claims against Brandon Webb or SOFREP, Webb himself penned a response to Osman’s frequent social media posts that can be read here.
In a community that, for better or for worse, tries to maintain positive focus and forward motion, some individuals continue to break things and spread hate–both inside the community, and out.
Additional Notes. SOFREP received these documents pertaining to the case:
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