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Video: California cop says selling ammunition is bizarre and illegal

In a video posted to LiveLeak’s YouTube, a Eureka, Calif. officer, confronts two Second Amendment activists selling .22 caliber ammunition on the street. The officer calls the behavior “bizarre.”

According to TheBlaze, police responded after receiving several calls about the men selling ammo.

“One of the pro-gun activists grew immediately confrontational when the officer approached them, refusing to provide any identification or answer any questions, citing his constitutional rights and maintaining that he had broken no laws,” wrote TheBlaze.

“It’s 100 percent legal. Don’t answer any of his questions,” said one of the activists.

The officer then asks for the duo’s business license.

“Absolutely not, sir. Check your law. It’s our constitutional right, you can check it in the city of California laws,” the activist said. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” he later adds.

Watch the entire clip below:

TX Cop Arrested for Allegedly Forcing Sex Offender to Pose for Nude Photos

According to allegations cited by Wise County Messenger, Sergeant Chad Alan Hightower of the Wise County Sheriff’s Department has been placed under arrest on charges of improper photography after it was discovered that the officer tricked a sex offender into posing for nude photographs by convincing him that doing so was a condition of his placement on the sex offender registry, required by state law. Following the officer’s arrest, he posted bond, which was set at $25,000, and was released. Hightower had recently made arrangements to retire from the force and remains on leave from work until his retirement becomes official on September 30.

Hightower’s arrest warrant accuses him of forcing a male sex offender to pose for nude photos on two separate occasions. The alleged victim, who was released from prison in June of this year, reported to Hightower on June 17 in order to file his paperwork for the sex offender registry. On that date, the victim claims that Hightower ordered him to take off his clothes and pose for several nude photos taken from different angles. According to the arrest warrant cited by Wise County Messenger, “Deputy Hightower represented this as a change in the sex offender registration required by the state.”

The victim returned a month later to update his file on the sex offender registry, at which time Hightower told him that his nude photos had to be retaken, claiming that the first round of photos had been rendered useless by a glare. Hightower then drove the alleged victim to the county’s impound lot to take more pictures. No other officers were present at that location, leaving the two alone. Hightower locked the gate to the impound lot on the way in, had the victim undress, and took additional nude photos.

Then, according to the arrest warrant, “After a short time, Deputy Hightower reportedly advised [the victim] he believed the next thing the State was going to require was photographs of a sex offender’s erect penis. Deputy Hightower asked [the victim] if he could obtain an erection for him, so that the needed photographs could be taken and [the victim] would not have to return in the future for them.” Though the convicted sex offender refused that request, he was asked to do so multiple times before he was allowed to put on his clothes.

The victim, feeling something was amiss, then reported his experience to District Attorney Investigator Jack McGuinn. The victim explained to authorities that he did not want to consent to posing for the photos but believed that he had no choice, because Hightower, a police officer, told him he was required to by state law. McGuinn quizzed him on details about the impound office that only someone who had been inside would know, which the victim provided. An investigation into surveillance video from the lobby of the sheriff’s office confirmed many of the details alleged by the victim. Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew, who arrested Hightower, obtained the SD card from his camera and, with the help of a data recovery specialist, found the nude photos of the victim, which had been deleted.

However, the victim in question may not have been the only one. “Pettigrew noted on the above-mentioned media there are several more nude males that appear to be in the same bathroom [the victim] described, others are in the county impound office and yet more in what appears to be a residence.”

Wise County Sheriff David Walker told Wise County Messenger, “It’s a shock and a sad day for all of us, especially me, because I have worked with Chad my entire law enforcement career.”

PA Cop Shoots, Paralyzes Man While Serving Warrant for Parking Tickets

On Thursday July 17, at around 7:30 AM, Whitehall Township, PA resident Kevin McCullers jumped in his vehicle for a quick trip to Dunkin’ Donuts. At that moment, two Pennsylvania constables arrived to serve a warrant on McCullers for his failure to pay 31 parking tickets. According to testimony by McCullers’ girlfriend, he was surprised by the officers, who arrived just as he was pulling out of the driveway. NBC Philadelphia is reporting that the Pennsylvania constables, alleging that McCullers attempted to run them over, opened fire. One officer’s bullet hit McCullers, who suffered a single gunshot wound to the back, leaving him paralyzed. He may never walk again. Another bullet, fired by the second officer, hit McCullers’ tire.

Hafeezah Muhammed, McCullers’ girlfriend and the mother of his 11-year-old son, witnessed the incident and told NBC Philadelphia, “They never knocked on the door. No, nothing. I just heard the gunshots. He pulled the car out of the garage and all I heard were gunshots… For someone to get shot on the way to Dunkin’ Donuts, unarmed, for parking tickets… it’s insane.” According to Lehigh Valley Live, Muhammed said that, following the shooting, she heard one officer say, “I got him.” She also alleged that the officers failed to call emergency services for the wounded McCullers, forcing her to call 911 on her own.

According to Whitehall Township Mayor Edward Hozza, Jr., the constable that fired the paralyzing shot claimed that McCullers attempted to run him over, thus justifying the shooting. Authorities are currently investigating the incident to determine whether the use of deadly force was justified. Hafeezah Muhammed indicated that McCullers had, on a previous occasion, slipped out the back door when constables showed up to serve the warrant for unpaid parking tickets, possibly causing officers to consider McCullers a flight risk.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin told NBC Philadelphia, “I’m frankly a bit disturbed by the fact that there would be a shooting in connection with attempting to serve parking tickets… Although [elected constables] receive training, they really operate under no one’s direct supervision, and that I wish was something that could be cured.” Martin also expressed his view that the whole incident could have been avoided had McCullers entered into a payment plan for the outstanding parking tickets. According to The Daily Caller, District Attorney Jim Martin, who would not identify the constable who fired the paralyzing shot, plans to thoroughly examine the details of the shooting and may consider issuing criminal charges against the constables, McCullers, or all three parties, depending on the results of the investigation.