SOURCE: HOUSTON CHRONICLE
The Galveston County district attorney’s office alleges that Sgt. Archie Chapman “located, entered, and searched” the car of Phillip Turner, a correspondent for the website photographyisnotacrime.com who was observed filming near the police department in November.
Chapman arrested Turner at the time on charges of failure to provide identification to officers, but the chargers were subsequently dropped, prosecutors said.
Chapman’s attorney, Greg Cagle, said his client was looking in Turner’s car for the man’s driver’s license to book him into jail after detaining him. Cagle said Chapman was worried about the safety of police officers, sheriff’s deputies and jail staff who worked in the nearby building.
“Sgt. Chapman was trying to do his job as a police officer,” Cagle said. “He had no motive other than to protect the public and the officers.”