Michael Turley Wanted to "Test" Phoenix Cops -- With a Kid Dressed as a Terrorist Running Around With a Fake Grenade Launcher
How long would it take the Phoenix Police Department to respond to a terrorist situation?
Michael Turley really wanted an answer to that question, and he got it -- by getting a 16-year-old kid to wear a sheet on his body, put a towel on his head, and run around Phoenix with a fake rocket-propelled grenade launcher, according to Phoenix police.
How could that possibly go wrong?
Oh, and by the way -- make sure to put the evidence on YouTube to let everyone know exactly what you were doing.
In case you didn't get the point from the video itself, the description provides an explanation too:
"The Anonymous Filmmaker explores how the Phoenix Police Department reacts days after the event at the Century 16 Movie Theater in Aurora, Colorado where a gunman, James Holmes, killed 12 people and injured 58 more at the premiere of Batman The Dark Knight Rises. In our Hollywood style video, a man resembling a terrorist paces around a busy street in Phoenix Arizona carrying a rocket launcher until the police apprehend him. This film explores the response time and reaction of law enforcement within the Phoenix rural community. You will be shocked to see what happens."
According to Phoenix police, a bunch of people called 9-1-1 the afternoon of July 28, to report that some idiot was pointing either a gun or rocket-propelled grenade launcher at people driving.
Sure enough, police found the kid with a towel on his head and with the fake grenade launcher hanging out with Turley, who was manning the video camera, near Bell Road and 35th Avenue.
After detaining both of them, police were told that the two of them were just "making a movie."
It wasn't until recently that police discovered they were trying to test the cops' response to a terrorist situation -- which they then turned into a movie, according to Phoenix police Officer James Holmes.
Holmes adds that police found more evidence of their intent was discovered after a search warrant was served at Turley's house.
Charges are pending against the kid, who's not dealing with the big-boy justice system.
Turley, on the other hand, was booked into jail on charges of knowingly giving a false impression of a terrorist act, endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and misconduct involving a simulated explosive.
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