A self-titled “cop watcher” who was arrested in 2015 has found himself convicted and sentenced for filming police actions while armed with a black powder pistol during a traffic stop in Arlington, Texas.
According to Fox 4 News, Kenneth Lovett was convicted with interfering with public duties and disorderly conduct during the incident last year, one which Lovett feels he was wrongfully arrested for.
Arlington PD say Lovett interfered with a traffic stop of a convicted felon and that his open carrying of a black powder revolver forced more officers to respond to the scene.
While two other people were open carrying that day, they complied when they were asked to leave. Lovett, however, refused.
Although Texas is now an open carry state, the law had not yet taken effect at the time of the incident- though it was perfectly legal at the time to openly carry antique black powder pistols and long guns.
Despite this, a defense expert witness testified that not even he could tell the difference between a modern revolver and a black powder pistol when holstered.
Lovett was sentenced to 90 days in jail at the same time for both sentences, effective the day of sentencing.
Alex Kim, Lovett’s attorney, claims Lovett’s 1st and 2nd Amendment rights were violated and plans to appeal, claiming the sentencing was excessive.
“I don’t understand why a judge would assess a punishment of 90 days for interfering with public duties,” Kim said. “This judge is just being too tough on this crime.”
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