Three open carry activists who double as “cop watchers” are facing criminal charges for their interference with a traffic stop in Arlington, Texas on Monday. The group regularly follows and films police performing their duties, but this trio of dumbsh*ts took things a bit too far — as they normally do.
Watkins’ open carry group was removed from the larger Open Carry Texas in May because their tactics are often too heavy-handed and insane even for people who are so paranoid that they feel that an assault rifle is needed to buy groceries.
Watkins’ Open Carry Tarrant County refused to respect Target’s request that customers leave their boomsticks outside, and his group of “patriots” has even gone so far as to terrorize a woman who called the police because she felt the group represented a threat — by posting her personal information on YouTube.
Kory Watkins, his wife Janie Lucero, and Joseph Tye were all arrested Monday night. The trio was charged with interfering with police duty and obstructing a highway. Watkins was armed with a black powder pistol at the time.
“These arrests had nothing to do with somebody videotaping police officers. That happens everyday,” said Sgt. Jeffrey Houston with Arlington Police. “It had everything to do with people interfering with police officers being able to do their jobs.”
Arlington police said in a statement that they have attempted to discuss safe ways the group can film them without representing a hazard to the public, without much success. The three open carry nutjobs were arrested after what appeared to be an altercation with police.
Watkins, as can be seen in the video below, has been previously warned that “there is a difference between what you’re doing and what other people are doing. Namely, you have a weapon on your hip.” Watkins became aggressive with police in this September 5 video after he was told not to walk through the scene. It was made clear that he was welcome to record — just not while representing a hazard to officers.
The group plans to hold a rally on Saturday to protest the “bogus charges.” Since twenty “cop watchers” were present, and only the ones with a proven history of violent threats and intimidation were arrested — it is doubtful the charges are “bogus.”
Watch a report on the incident, below: