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TIP: Probably best to avoid mocking police leniency

Here's a useful tip:

If you're being stupid and the cops cut you a break, it's probably best to avoid making the officers regret it by mocking their leniency on YouTube.

The following article that just moved on the Associated Press wire, if you stick with it to the end, shows what happens when you don't follow the above advice.


BC-US —Rocket Launcher-Hoax/150
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Phoenix filmmaker jailed for rocket launcher hoax

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say they've arrested a man after he reportedly dressed a teenage relative in a sheet and sent him into a street to aim a fake rocket-propelled grenade launcher at passing cars.

Police spokesman officer James Holmes says 39-year-old Michael Turley was arrested Monday on charges of knowingly giving a false impression of a terrorist act, endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Holmes tells KTVK-TV ( ) Turley filmed the teen pointing the fake grenade launcher at passing cars on July 28.

Responding police didn't make any arrests after Turley told them he was making a movie.

Police made the arrest after the self-described filmmaker reportedly posted a video on You Tube that said he was testing how fast Phoenix police responded to the mock terrorist.

Kirkpatrick out for Phoenix top cop spot

Former Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is out of the running for top cop in Arizona's largest city.

The City of Phoenix announced today that four candidates have been selected as finalists for police chief: San Jose Police Chief Robert Davis, Dallas Assistant Police Chief Daniel Garcia, Phoenix Assistant Police Chief Kevin Robinson and acting Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner.  

Kirkpatrick, who left the Spokane Police Department in early January after more than five years as chief, was one of seven semifinalists who met last week with panels that included 31 business and community leaders. She also participated in a “meet and greet” with the public, according to a news release.

“Our selection of finalists follows a national recruitment process and critical input from the community,” Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos said in a prepared statement.  “Thank you to everyone who helped with the process of choosing the four best candidates for this critical leadership position in the City of Phoenix.”

Past coverage:

Feb. 17: Kirkpatrick a finalist for Phoenix police chief

Jan. 3: Kirkpatrick looks back on 5 years as chief

Kirkpatrick a finalist for Phoenix chief

Former Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is a finalist for police chief in Phoenix, Ariz.

Kirkpatrick left Spokane in early January after having served as police chief since Sept. 11, 2006.  She called her departure a retirement but said she was open to other options.

By that time she had already applied for the Phoenix job - applications were due in mid-December, according to Arizona media reports.

Kirkpatrick is one of seven candidates to be interviewed next week. Other candidates include acting Phoenix police chief Joseph Yahner and assistant Phoenix police chief Kevin Robinson.

Also in the running are Robert Davis, former police chief of San Jose; Michael Dirden, executive assistant police chief of Houston; Daniel Garcia, assistant police chief of Dallas and Carlos Maldonado, police chief of Laredo, Texas.

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