“These officers thought I had . . . like scouts out in the bushes, that I was planning an attack. I think cops watch too many movies or play too much Call of Duty. It’s really ridiculous,” Philip Turner told PINAC.
The Black First Amendment rights activist, Philip Turner was thrown into a state of disbelieve when Texas cops called for a helicopter to survey his activists while he was making a video recording of the Texas Department of Public Safety building. The unarmed Black man was accused of a possible terrorist attack and also having scouts spying on them in the bushes.
Turner expressed his astonishment at the cops’ response by saying, “It’s not cheap to fly these helicopters. It’s amazing they responded this way.”
Turner got a video footage of the incident through a request he made for public records. The video captured the helicopter hovering around him as he recorded the building from the public sidewalk.
A dispatcher said; “I just received a call from a state employee who was leaving the garage by building C Edwards of a black male subject, with a camera, he seems to be recording.”
Moments later, some two officers approached Turner and began to interrogate him. While they yet questioned him, a helicopter was surveying from above.
The only information gotten by the police was the fact that, a Black man was making a video recording of the building. That seemed to be enough to employ the entire state defensive mechanisms against this unarmed man.
Later, Turner speaking to the PINAC about the incident said, “These officers thought I had . . . like scouts out in the bushes, that I was planning an attack. I think cops watch too many movies or play too much Call of Duty. It’s really ridiculous.”
It is really amazing the sort of aggression with which the police always confronts Black people. The Texas Police Department afforded to fly a helicopter just because they saw a Black man filming their building from a public sidewalk. Are there no other ways to handle a situation like this? Must the police portray the situation to be that alarming? And what is so serious about a civilian filming a state building from a public sidewalk? This is actually causing financial loss to the state.