PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner was on his way to court to fight a petty traffic citation when a Texas state trooper sped past him driving at least 90 mph.
At first, Turner figured he was on his way to an emergency, but the trooper never activated his lights, even when he was tailgating drivers in the fast lane.
Instead, the trooper would tailgate them for several seconds before speeding past them.
That was when Turner decided to pull him over.
“I flashed my lights and honked my horns and after a few minutes, he pulled over,” Turner said.
Turner, who runs the YouTube channel, The Battousai, has frequent run-ins with the law because he regularly conducts First Amendment audits throughout the state, resulting in several arrests as well as several lawsuits against the arresting agencies.
If there is one thing he has proved, it is that he is not afraid to make a stand. And he does it without ever losing his cool, which takes talent considering cops are trained to make you lose your cool.
So when he got the trooper to pull over, he acted no differently than if he were the cop and the trooper was the poor sap nailed for speeding.
“The reason I was trying to pull you over is that you flew right by me,” Turner said, after asking the trooper to step in front of his car to ensure Turner’s dash cam captured the conversation.
“I mean you were going pretty fast back there. Are you in an emergency or something?”
The trooper quickly apologized.
“I apologize, sir, I didn’t mean to,” the trooper said.
Turner asked for his name and badge number, but the cop said, “I don’t have it on me” – an excuse he may have picked up from the people who he pulls over.
But the trooper then provided his name, David Granado.
Then Turner photographed Granado’s license plate, which was ironic because Turner was on his way from Austin to Arlington to fight a citation where cops had cited him for having a dirty license plate.
Yes, a dirty license plate.
However, Arlington police did not think to photograph the dirty license plate to present it as evidence in court, which is why that citation was dismissed.
In the Arlington case, he was also fighting a citation for driving with his high beams, which was nothing but a retaliatory move after he decided to record Arlington police.
When they pulled him over, he refused to roll down his window while blaring “Fuck tha Police.”
That story went viral as this one should because the Dallas Morning News already picked up on it, calling him a “self-proclaimed citizen journalist and video activist.”
Although cops have no visual proof of the high beams violation, he was found guilty of that citation and required to pay more than $200 in fines.
Had he been speeding at 90 mph, he would have paid about the same.
“The state trooper was nice guy but however he still broke the law,” Turner said.