Open Carry Activists In Texas Arrested For Interfering With Police Duty, Obstructing A Highway
Three “cop watchers” who are also Open Carry activists, have been arrested and are facing criminal charges for filming and interfering with a traffic stop in Arlington, Texas on Monday. The group routinely follows and films police officers on duty but this time, they took things a little too far.
[su_center_ad]Kory Watkins (R-Fedora) of Open Carry Tarrant County, Janie Lucero, Kory’s wife, and Joseph Tye were arrested and now face charges of interfering with public duties, according to CBS DFW.
Instead of a few “cop watchers” standing at a distance in order to film the police, about 20 cop watchers gathered around a traffic stop in a parking lot on a busy six-lane road, according to a blogger who was with the group.
“These arrests had nothing to do with somebody videotaping police officers. That happens everyday,” Sgt. Jeffrey Houston with Arlington Police said. “It had everything to do with people interfering with police officers being able to do their jobs.”
In the description under a video uploaded by Kory Watkins, he writes, “At around the :07 mark the officer tells me not to walk any further down the sidewalk.”
“I ask what law says I can’t, he tells me that’s the orders I was given. I try to let him know about the 1st amendment and the sidewalk is free to travel and report, freedom of press,” he adds.
Which brings us back to interfering with an officer’s job. I’m all for filming the police considering the abuse which has recently been revealed, but interfering with their duties is not the route to take. Open Carry Tarrant County members have a disdain for the police which I’ve noted in previous posts. This group wasn’t just filming the police, they chased them down on foot with cameras rolling. This group went out intentionally looking for trouble, which can be seen in their own video.
The group carried Black Powder revolvers which were confiscated by the police. Kory left a comment on his Facebook page “Abolish ALL POLICE!”
Under that status update, he writes,”Them taking my black powder will result in blowback. Me brining my AK47 to the next stop.” I assume he meant “bringing” and maybe “I’m.”
He also seems very excited about the publicity on Facebook.
The group now plans to hold a rally on Saturday evening to protest what they are calling “bogus charges”. The three were charged with interfering with police duty and obstructing a highway.
Images were obtained after they were circulated on social media by the arrested individuals, therefore, they are fair use. Don’t DCMA me again Mr. Tye. I know my rights, too.
Big thanks to my source whose anonymity shall be respected here.
Image: Arlington Police Department.