Tonight, I set out to test the Phoenix Police Department with a 1st and 4th Amendment test while open carrying. I arrived at the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse around 11 PM. I parked my truck on Jefferson St. and proceeded to walk the courthouse’s perimeter and towards the PPD HQ all while taking pictures. I had circled the PPD HQ and was on my way back to my truck when I saw two officers ahead of me about a block away, which is when I activated my camera.
Just then, I was suddenly illuminated by a spotlight from a low flying police helicopter. That’s when I turned around to see what was going on – I had headphones in and was listening to music, so I didn’t realize the impending unlawful detainment – and I was being swarmed from every angle by PPD officers. The PPD officer who initiated the contact tried to disarm me right off the bat. I was open carrying my 1911 in a holster on my right hip. He was unsuccessful as I stood my ground and stated that I do not consent in seizures. Now I know I could have just kept my mouth shut and not played along with their game and not answered any of their questions, but I guess I have to admit it was kind of fun, as you can tell from some of my answers to the PPD questions.
Nothing dramatic ever really happened but I must say they sure did have one hell of a show of force with 15+ officers and an Air unit. I will admit, I totally forgot to get officers names and badge numbers. In the video you’ll hear me make a comment about how “the only thing in my backpack is not a pressure cooker.” I said this because I overheard one of the officers behind me state that “we need to search his backpack,” and I felt like responding with a smart ass answer. This has changed my mind…. Phoenix is now also a Police State.
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3 Responses to “Phoenix Police and Helicopter Respond to a 1st and 4th Amendment Test While Open Carrying – 8/5/13”
Casual Observer says:
August 7, 2013 at 2:43 am
Check… and mate.
August 7, 2013 at 3:51 am
Casual Observer – Like
August 7, 2013 at 7:42 am
Cops are criminals
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