Meet Michael D. Turley, a filmmaker from Phoenix, Arizona who thought it would be patriotic to ‘run a little test’ on the local police department.
Turley dressed his 16-year-old nephew in a sheet and sending him into a busy street with a fake grenade launcher, then filming the masked teenager pointing the faux weapon at passing cars.
Turley wanted to see how fast the local police would react t a ‘mock’ terrorist act.
In the YouTube video that he posted, you can hear his narration of the event.
“Given this event, I wanted to run a little test here in Phoenix, Arizona,” Turley said. “I want to find out how safe I really am, and I want to know the response time of the Phoenix police department.”
A few minutes later, and officer arrives to find Turley and his son in the Turley driveway. He asked the son to drop the weapon, in which the son complied. The father told the officer that he was filming a movie so the officer just took down their names and left.
But it was the posting of the film on YouTube that brought on the arrest.
After the police later saw the video on YouTube, they realized what type of film it was.
And they were not pleased.
“It surprised us that he actually put that video on YouTube,” Holmes said.
The police response took just over three minutes from the first call, and a helicopter and SWAT team was dispatched as backup, Holmes said.
Turley, 39, doesn’t have a listed phone number. He didn’t immediately respond to messages sent Wednesday through the YouTube account.
Police said Turley was charged with creating a false impression of a terrorist act, endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misconduct involving simulated explosives.
Holmes said police are recommending charges of endangerment and knowingly giving a false impression of a terrorist act for a juvenile court to decide whether to file against the teen, whose name was not released because he is a minor.
Causing worldwide panic is NEVER a prank.
I don’t know what he was drinking that made him think that was a prank.
But I am quite sure that it wasn’t water!