Police Unlawfully Arrest Man for Open Carry & Try To Delete Video From His Phone

In the state of Texas, the right to carry a rifle or shotgun openly is protected, a fact which makes what apparently happened on a Clear Lake Area street corner the focus of a Houston Police Department Internal Affairs investigation. In the video a man carrying a poster and AR-15 rifle is ordered by a police officer to produce identification. When the citizen says he doesn’t have any identification on his person the officer proceeds to seize the rifle and place the citizen in handcuffs. “You are going to jail for failure to ID because you can’t tell me who you are, you can’t prove who you are. I’m tired of you idiots coming out here,” said the officer. Aware that the incident is being electronically recorded the officer makes what legal experts are calling a major mistake – attempting and failing to erase the video. “Take the phone off now because we are going to erase it because you’re recording everything,” says the officer on the video. “That is completely illegal, completely unlawful and a violation of HPD policy,” said Chris Tritico, Fox 26 legal analyst. David Amad of Open Carry Texas says the HPD officer trampled on rights and deserves to lose his badge.

via KRIV

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