A Houston, Texas cop was recently caught on video illegally detaining protesters and threatening them with his department-issued assault rifle. His reason? Protesters were spouting what he called “Constitutional bullsh**.”
The video was recorded by Open Carry Texas and uploaded to their YouTube channel after a recent peaceful assembly where they advocated for “Constitutional Carry,” which is already legal in Texas when it comes to rifles of any sort (scroll down for video).
The group passed out flyers and pamphlets at the protest, in order to inform locals about the Constitutional and state-acknowledged right to carry firearms for self-defense. The group wants to see Texas allow open carry of handguns as well, and they are actively working to promote legislative changes to accommodate Texans who chose to carry openly.
Texas already permits carrying concealed handguns with permits, but in spite of the state’s reputation, Texas law does not permit carrying pistols unconcealed.
So now you know why Open Carry Texas was out there protesting. Whether you agree with them or not is not the issue. We should all be able to agree that police who open carry should not respond to legal open carry protests by illegally brandishing an assault rifle in ready position in order to intimidate people whose message they do not agree with. Furthermore, as law enforcement officers are required to take an oath of allegiance to the Constitution, it is disturbing to hear a cop openly refer to the Constitution as “bullsh**”.
Houston police officer, badge #7428 can be seen in the video standing next to his cruiser, saying “You’re not under arrest, you’re not even being detained.”
As a result, protesters ignore his harassment and continue walking down the sidewalk. But the officer who had just told them they were not being detained says “Hold it, stop, stop stop…”
That means he illegally detained the man, after admitting he had no probable cause to do so.
The cop then threatens to “escalate” the situation, implying the use of lethal force since the protesters did not talk to him.
“We can do the whole ‘I show you your thing and you show me my thing, or we can escalate this another way, alright?”
One of the protesters said he doesn’t answer questions from cops if he is not being detained. The officer was enraged.
“Dude, look, you can try this constitutional crap all you want, but I got news for ya ok? I’m part of that 3% that you’re trying to represent. But you ain’t doing nothing but f*cking it up for everyone else right now, you got me?
The cop then demands that the protester produce identification, to which he responds: “no.” He was under no legal obligation to identify himself to this officer.
“So how am I supposed to know if you’re a felon,” the antagonistic, anti-Constitution officer asked?
Watch the full interaction below…
(Article by M. David; h/t Brett Sanders and Open Carry Texas; mirrored on Cop Block)