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A video posted to YouTube Sunday has sparked an investigation at the Killeen Police Department after a bystander was arrested after videotaping a traffic stop Saturday.

The Killeen Police Department is investigating an arrest after a video circulated on social media over the weekend, KPD Chief Charles Kimble said Monday.

KPD allege the person arrested Saturday was “interfering with or obstructing an officer,” according to a Facebook post Monday night.

“The Killeen Police Department is aware of a video circulating via social media in which a subject was arrested for interfering with or obstructing an officer,” Kimble said in his news release. “On December 18, 2021 at about 12:40 a.m., Killeen Police officers conducted a traffic stop and subsequently arrested the driver for an outstanding warrant out of Lawton, OK for Discharging a Firearm into a Dwelling. Investigating Officers learned that there was a weapon inside the vehicle and were trying to determine if any other laws were being violated.”

As of Tuesday morning, KPD’s Facebook post about the incident has received more than 240 comments. The video in question posted Sunday on YouTube has been viewed 3,364 times as of Tuesday morning. To view the video visit https://bit.ly/3pgMX0b.

“While conducting their investigation, they were approached by an individual who interjected himself into the investigation by engaging with other individuals in the vehicle, distracting the officers, and creating a safety hazard for all involved parties,” Kimble said. “The subject in question was arrested and charged violating Sec. 16-107 (Interfering with or Obstructing an Officer) of the City of Killeen Code of Ordinances.”

The police chief confirmed Monday the department would investigate the matter.

“The Killeen Police Department Code of Conduct requires our officers to preserve and protect the individual rights and freedoms of citizens,” Kimble said. “Due to the public interest in this incident, we will be conducting an investigation into the matter.”

The Herald plans to update this article later today.

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Noneofyourbiz

Here’s what Texas law states. I also can point you to The Texas state constitution as well.

No I would not have spoken while recording, he chose to and that was his personal right.

Sec. 38.15. INTERFERENCE WITH PUBLIC DUTIES. (a) A person commits an offense if the person with criminal negligence interrupts, disrupts, impedes, or otherwise interferes with:

(1) a peace officer while the peace officer is performing a duty or exercising authority imposed or granted by law;

And here’s the exception/defense

(d) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the interruption, disruption, impediment, or interference alleged consisted of speech only.

Also Texas penal code 38.02 states: Sec. 38.02. FAILURE TO IDENTIFY. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information.

And this one is for drivers: Sec. 521.025. LICENSE TO BE CARRIED AND EXHIBITED ON DEMAND; CRIMINAL PENALTY. (a) A person required to hold a license under Section 521.021 shall:

(1) have in the person's possession while operating a motor vehicle the class of driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle operated; and

(2) display the license on the demand of a magistrate, court officer, or peace officer.

(b) A peace officer may stop and detain a person operating a motor vehicle to determine if the person has a driver's license as required by this section.

Alvin

Well I've watched the video and I side with the police. What was the man trying to do as in my opinion, the police 'was in the right'. Yes, again in my opinion, the police had every right to conduct the investigation without any interference by people pulling out their camera's, shooting pictures of the police and in general, interfering with the official police investigation.

Yes, the person has individual rights, but so does the police, they also have the right to conduct an investigation and when someone, as a citizen, interferes with or hinders the police in their rightful duty as the police, then the individual is stepping over their individual right and tending to overstep their right as an individual and proceeding to step on the right of the police.

Where does it say in our Constitution that the individual can do just about anything he or she wants when it comes to a persons individual rights? When does a bystander have the right to say that, when the police ask for the passengers name, that the bystander can interject that 'you do not have to give the police any information'. That, in my opinion, is interfering with a police investigation. The bystander should have 'kept his mouth shut and let the police continue with their duty as officers of the law.

I agree with the police.

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