An Arizona man pulled a state trooper over for speeding in his patrol cruiser at 94 mph down a highway without his police flashers on Tuesday when there was no apparent emergency or specific reason to be speeding.
The cop ended up arresting him.
A complete contrast to how a Texas state trooper reacted when PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner pulled him over for speeding just a day earlier. That trooper ended up apologizing for speeding and went on his way.
And who can forget Miami woman Claudio Castillo who pulled a cop over for speeding, only for him to apologize as her, even though that video led to a Miami police union president retaliating against her?
The Arizona video begins with John Norman Davis Reynolds and his wife driving in their car, listening to the song, OPP, on their way to Reynolds’ mother’s home when the cop zooms past them in his marked patrol car.
Concerned about safety issues, they followed behind, pacing the cop’s speed while video recording the patrol car weaving in and out of traffic without signaling.
“85 . . . 86, almost 90 miles an hour,” narrated Reynolds.
“It’s OK for them to pace. That’s how I got a ticket. That’s what I’m going to court for. I’m pacing him . . . 94. Look at him! Just going around traffic with no signal; nothing. No signals . . . nothing.”
“Oh. Finally, he wants to signal. I’ll slow down,” he said.
When the cop realizes Reynolds is behind him, he slams on his brakes, apparently to check the concerned citizen’s braking reflexes, almost causing a wreck as Reynolds almost rear-ends the cop.
The unidentified trooper then tells Reynolds to get out of the car.
Reynolds stands in front of the obviously-angry cop, holding his hands in the air to show he’s not a threat and not get shot.
The trooper tells him to “shut up”, points a finger in his chest and says, “you were going 90 in a 65 back there.”
Reynolds explained his intentions were to record the trooper speeding and driving dangerously, which then prompted the trooper to arrest him on the spot.
It didn’t take long after the incident for Arizona Highway Patrol Spokesman Lt. Colonel Daniel Lugo to spin their narrative to the media, excusing the fast-driving cop saying, “it is not realistic to believe troopers can effectively do their jobs and not speed,” according to a local news station.
Although Lt. Lugo didn’t mention that troopers can obviously do their jobs without speeding if there isn’t a specific reason to speed, his general statement seemingly excuses all cops for speeding.
Anytime. For any reason.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety issued a “For Immediate Release” statement to the local press in Maricopa County.
Instead of addressing the reckless behavior of its lead foot cop, who apparently felt entitled to speed for no reason, the agency did what several agencies have done recently after caught screwing up: They blamed the Dallas shootings as the reason the unidentified trooper driving 94 mph down the highway, claiming the trooper was in fear for his life.
“The trooper noticed a car closely following him,” Arizona DPS said in their department’s news release.
“Alarmed at the possible motives of the driver, the trooper slowed down and then sped up to 90 MPH while activating his emergency lights in an attempt to assess the driver’s behavior and get the driver to stop following him.”
Arizona DPS continued their alarmist schtick in their department-generated press release.
“In light of recent attacks against law enforcement and anti-police rhetoric prevalent in our society today, troopers are on guard at all times and from all potential and perceived threats,” Colonel Frank Milstead, Director of Arizona Department of Public Safety wrote.
“Recently, we have seen people recording violent acts against law enforcement officers and we even remember video of the murder of a news reporter and cameraman during a live broadcast in an effort by the perpetrator to make a headline.”
When all else fails, blame Dallas.
Or just make an arrest to deflect the law-breaking onto somebody else.
Arizona DPS confirmed the trooper was driving at 80 MPH before Reynolds engaged in pursuing the yet-to-be-named trooper, but had no reason to be driving that fast as he patrolled the area.
The arrest of Reynolds highlights a stark difference in how two different officers in two states handled very similar situations.
In the case of PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner, he pulled over a Texas state trooper for traveling over 90 MPH the day before Reynolds did the same thing in Arizona.
The difference lies in the two cops’ very different reactions when faced with almost the exact same scenario.
Instead of getting furious and gas-lighting Turner like the Arizona trooper did to Reynolds, acting if it was Reynolds’ fault he was speeding without reason, Texas Trooper David Granado owned-up within seconds and, even though he didn’t state why he was speeding, immediately apologized, and soon went on his way.
Turner asked for a card from Granado, which he politely stated he didn’t have on him at the time. However, the Lone Star State cop did allow Mr. Turner to photograph his license place. Because photography is not a crime.
Turner told us during a newsroom conversation that Granado was a nice guy during the encounter, but that he broke the law.
In Arizona, all mainstream local news sites used Reynold’s mug shot in their story as visual rhetoric. No mainstream source identified the trooper’s name, and none questioned the police’s story, or why they felt impelled to release a pre-emptive media statement.
Whatever that even means to Maricopa County Arizonians…. The same region that elected and re-elected Sheriff Joe Arpaio five times, going on six.
Below are Reynold’s cell phone video as well as videos of the news report on Reynold’s arrest and videos recorded by PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner and Miami woman Claudio Castillo pulling cops over in Texas and Florida that resulted in the officers apologizing for speeding, rather than arresting them.