Texas Cop on Trial After Caught on Video Illegally Searching PINAC Reporter’s Car

The criminal trial for a Texas cop who searched the car of a PINAC reporter without a warrant after arresting him for recording in front of a police department begins today.
Galveston Police Sergeant Archie Chapman probably did not realize his unconstitutional actions were being recorded by a dash cam inside Phillip Turner’s car in November 2015, even as Turner sat inside a jail cell.
Phillip Turner
Now Chapman is facing 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted.
Turner, who was charged with failure to identify after he was confronted for recording a police memorial in front of the Galveston Police Department, had his charges dismissed within a week.
Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady’s office brought charges against the award-winning cop in February 2016.
Turner refused to identify himself when Chapman was unable to articulate a reasonable suspicion that he had committed a crime.
PINAC reporter David Warden recorded the video of Turner getting arrested, but police never made the connection that they were together.
The video shows Turner continued to refuse to identify himself, even after he was placed in handcuffs, informing the officers he would be more than happy to do so – if only they could articulate a reasonable suspicion that he committed a crime.
Turns out, the crime was committed by Chapman who used Turner’s keys to search his car.
Sergeant Chapman is no stranger to being the subject of news stories.
In 2013, Chapman made international news for savagely beating and brutalizing Reginald Deon Davis, 34, after Davis traveled all night to attend a friend’s birthday party.
Exhausted from studying for a college exam after the party, Davis decided to nap near the Galveston seawall.
A Galveston police cruiser’s dash cam captured Chapman kick Davis in the head as two other cops held his head under water.
According to a civil rights lawsuit filed by Davis’

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