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Armed White ‘Cop Watchers’ in Texas Perfectly Illustrate Difference in How Police Treat White Men and Black Men

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Jacob Cordova poses with cops

There’s a stunning tale developing in Arlington, Texas, that makes you shake your head about the different world that whites and Blacks inhabit in this country and how differently law enforcement sees the two communities.

In Arlington, a group of so-called “cop watchers” who openly carry their own firearms follow police around the community filming all of their interactions with the public, making sure the police don’t violate anyone’s rights.

A story in the Daily Beast says the members of Open Carry Tarrant County and a local group called Cop Block actually harass the police, approaching DUI checkpoints to warn motorists of the police presence, wearing police hats with pig ears as they patrol and heckle the police with references to pigs and bacon. They regularly lift up their yellow reflector vests to show police they are carrying weapons like AK-47s.

The most amazing part of the story is this: The police don’t do a thing about it.

These are the kinds of things the police say about the armed harassment: “We don’t mind them cop-watching. Just leave your guns in the car. Leave your guns at home,” Lt. Christopher Cook told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

These white cop watchers have aligned themselves with the protesters demonstrating against the deaths of Black men like Michael Brown and Eric Garner. According to the Daily Beast, the Arlington group has adopted the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” motto of the Ferguson protests.

But in attaching themselves to this nationwide cause of race-inspired excessive force by the police, the group ironically brings into focus the very issue they are protesting: how differently police treat whites and Blacks. Indeed, in case after case, such as the killings of John Crawford and Tamir Rice in Ohio, it is the fact that these Black males were holding what police thought were weapons—though in both cases they turned out to be toys—that prompted police to open fire.

reuters image cop watcherThe Daily Beast story makes reference to the Black Panther Party as the entity that created the phenomenon of armed cop-watching more than four decades ago. But what the writer fails to point out is that it was the idea of armed Black men roaming the neighborhoods that motivated law enforcement to set out to destroy the Black Panthers.

That doesn’t seem to be happening in Arlington. Clearly the police see them as an annoyance. But in reading the article it almost feels like they are viewed by law enforcement as a harmless group of guys getting their jollies from bothering the cops.

While there are police-watching vigilante groups all across the country, including in New York City, what separates the Texas contingent is that they are often armed.

Sgt. Jeffrey Houston told The Daily Beast that both the filming of police and the open carry of firearms are “a constitutional right that the department supports.” That’s the kind of language you hear from law enforcement in this case.

It is a source of considerable consternation in the Black community how Black men continue to be killed in states like Ohio and Texas because police fear they are armed, though citizens supposedly have the right to openly carry weapons.

The cop watchers in Arlington actually carry “Film The Police” signs while they patrol. The leader of the Open Carry Tarrant County group, Kory Watkins, described in the story as an Olive Garden bartender trainer and who often carries his AK-47 while cop-watching, said the group can make as many as 20 cop-filming stops a night.

Though the group started out more than a year ago without serious incident, things have escalated recently to the point where there have been arrests of cop-watch members. Jacob Cordova, 27, an Air Force veteran with a Ron Paul “rEVOLution” tattoo on his right arm, was arrested last Saturday and posted a two-minute video of the encounter.

In the video he says he is carrying “a pre-1899 black powder pistol, which isn’t against the law. I want them to,” he says as two cops approach. The arresting officer says, “You’re not allowed to have a firearm. I’ve asked you to put it up.”

Though the Daily Beast says that particular gun is legal in Texas, which allows the open carry of long guns and certain antique revolvers, Cordova was taken into custody and charged with the misdemeanor of interfering with public duties.

Police claim Cordova drove up to a traffic stop, got out of his car, and began yelling at officers and pulling up his vest to show them he was armed.
“When you see somebody being aggressive, interfering with a stop, and armed with a deadly weapon, the officer can’t just ignore that,” Sgt. Houston said.

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10 thoughts on “Armed White ‘Cop Watchers’ in Texas Perfectly Illustrate Difference in How Police Treat White Men and Black Men

  1. Tiant Leon says:

    Ummm…"Chickens comin' gone to roost?," perhaps?

  2. Tiant Leon says:

    Gone =Home

  3. The police pretty much turned it into the Wild, Wild West. Somebody has got to put them in check. Do you really think they can get away with shooting us down. The police, the grand jury, and the media are in the same boat. Don't trust them! So, now they've turned into the prey.

  4. If any of these moronic "cop-watchers" (ammosexuals is more like it) were to walk up to my house armed, rude, and obviously stupid, they would not be walking away.

    Disgusting. Taxpayers should sue these obstructors for the lost time and effort by the police in dealing with them. I won't be eating at Olive Garden again, since the leader of this group is a cook there and hasn't been fired over these embarrassing antics.

  5. have you read the recent article surrounding the situation in new York, whereby the police were referring to citizens as" THE ENEMIES?" oh well ,there's the cause of it all. cop watchers are citizens doing just what the police should have been doing, i.e. police the police nevertheless police are found to be bonding together as in a fraternity against the citizens they've sworn to protect .

  6. Frankie Denise Frazier says:

    WAKE UP! This battle between police and the black man was designed. This was all planed out. Black people especially black men need to rise up and carry their own protection. It’s sad that the very ones that suppose to protect and serves us are the very ones that we are being brutalize against! They found out real quick that New York, Chicago and Atlanta have some Malcolm X type of brother’s in those cities. They will fight back! LOL.. Don’t start no shit, then there want be not shit! If you do not stand for your freedom then you’ll perish as a slave to society. Uses your buying power stop buying at stores that promote Racism (like Target) don’t believe me? Research it yourself! …. Dare to Share.

  7. Bëę Brown says:

    I think it's pretty awesome.

  8. The said part about this is our own pastors and people in power taking up for them. We have black people in very high place's that will not come to the front lines. Black entertainer's make billions off the black community every year, where are they now? The black pastor's say we just need to march and pray. Where are the black actor's, black people run and brake down the door's to see black movie's spend there last dime. LOOK WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Our good uncle Tom's are all ways on point to calm us down. When black people WAKE UP and learn they are the true Israelite then things will change for us. All you have to do is read your bible, it say it wright there. If black people took the bible and learn the curse of the Israelites THEN YOU WOULD KNOW THAT'S YOU. WHO ELLS WENT THROUGH THAT?

  9. Hank West says:

    Useful idiots backed by George Soros and Bloombergs fat-cat big $$$ to create unrest…Why? They want a martyr…Like these socialists used to advance their agenda!

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