After a month of waiting for the results of an internal police investigation, a Texas man who was handcuffed and detained for taking pictures of a police department from a public sidewalk returned to the police station to see what was taking so long.
And he captured the exchange on camera.
Initially, a police station clerk claimed that the man’s results would be mailed to him until the man – addressed in a police document as Mr. Turner – pointed out that the police did not have his address on file.
A police official then showed up and offered to write up the results of the investigation and have them for Mr. Turner in five minutes. The results of the police investigation are as follows:
Conduct Unbecoming (1st Amendment rights) – Unfounded
Conduct Unbecoming (4th Amendment rights) – Sustained
Response to Resistance or Aggression (Excessive Force) – Exonerated
Mr. Turner was later told that the officer who handcuffed him without cause – Officer Hernandez – had been “dealt with,” and a “recommendation for discipline had been sent to the Chief,” though it remains unknown what disciplined was suggested, whether Officer Hernandez will in fact be disciplined, or if Hernandez or any other officers in the department were given additional training as to the rights of the public to take photographs.
The police’s rapid response to Mr. Turner’s follow-up request for the results of his investigation raises a number of questions, especially the question of whether the police would have taken the complaint – involving an officer handcuffing a man for taking photographs in public – seriously if the man filing the complaint had not returned for the results.
To discuss the issues of this case with the Round Rock police department, you can reach them at 512-218-5500. For Mr. Turner, it appears a civil suit may be his only opportunity for appropriate recourse.