Texas Cop Tries to Delete Footage of Unlawful Detainment

Houston police tried to delete footage from a man who video recorded himself getting handcuffed after he was detained for open carrying a firearm Friday.

But the cop failed to do so, obviously not familiar with modern technology nor with [**long-established Texas law**](http://law.onecle.com/texas/penal/38.02.00.html) that states a person does not have to identify themselves unless they have been lawfully arrested.

Considering open carrying firearms is completely legal in Texas, the entire detainment was illegal along with the cop boldly insisting on deleting the video. It was [**only last week**](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/12/texas-cop-loses-job-chokehold-woman/) where a Texas cop was disciplined for doing the same thing.

> “You’re going to jail for failure to ID because you can’t tell me who you are, you can’t prove who you are,” the cop said. “I’m tired of you idiots coming out here. We’ll take the phone off now, we’re going to erase it cause that’s what you’re doing, you’re recording everything.”
>

The man was handcuffed and placed in the back of the car a police were unable to delete the video. The man posted the video to his Youtube Channel, Common Sense, where it is the only video on the channel.

This is how he explained it on Youtube:

> This happened December 6th, 2014 at about 12:30. I was standing on the corner for about 45 minutes and I specifically did it in Houston because they have always been really good about this. This is the first time I have posted an encounter with police during one of my travels… This one threw me over the edge, I was absolutely livid on the inside… I saw two different officers go through my phone while I was in the back of the patrol car. I was willing to work with the Houston Officers because they have always been really good about this, but they didn’t even give me a chance to work with them…
> I am not seeking an attorney. I will open my court.
> I actually created this YouTube channel to start educating people about common law and I was attempting to educate people about common law juries on this particular day.

Contact Chief C.A. McClelland at (713) 308-1600. Or leave a comment on their [**Facebook page.**](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Houstonpolice)

Houston police tried to delete footage from a man who video recorded himself getting handcuffed after he was detained for open carrying a firearm Friday.

But the cop failed to do so, obviously not familiar with modern technology nor with [**long-established Texas law**](http://law.onecle.com/texas/penal/38.02.00.html) that states a person does not have to identify themselves unless they have been lawfully arrested.

Considering open carrying firearms is completely legal in Texas, the entire detainment was illegal along with the cop boldly insisting on deleting the video. It was [**only last week**](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/12/texas-cop-loses-job-chokehold-woman/) where a Texas cop was disciplined for doing the same thing.

> “You’re going to jail for failure to ID because you can’t tell me who you are, you can’t prove who you are,” the cop said. “I’m tired of you idiots coming out here. We’ll take the phone off now, we’re going to erase it cause that’s what you’re doing, you’re recording everything.”
>

The man was handcuffed and placed in the back of the car a police were unable to delete the video. The man posted the video to his Youtube Channel, Common Sense, where it is the only video on the channel.

This is how he explained it on Youtube:

> This happened December 6th, 2014 at about 12:30. I was standing on the corner for about 45 minutes and I specifically did it in Houston because they have always been really good about this. This is the first time I have posted an encounter with police during one of my travels… This one threw me over the edge, I was absolutely livid on the inside… I saw two different officers go through my phone while I was in the back of the patrol car. I was willing to work with the Houston Officers because they have always been really good about this, but they didn’t even give me a chance to work with them…
> I am not seeking an attorney. I will open my court.
> I actually created this YouTube channel to start educating people about common law and I was attempting to educate people about common law juries on this particular day.

Contact Chief C.A. McClelland at (713) 308-1600. Or leave a comment on their [**Facebook page.**](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Houstonpolice)

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