Within the post Joshua can be seen walking around near the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Initially he is filming their vehicles that are parked in a no parking zone and also on a sidewalk. Soon after he starts walking past the front of the building. At that point, one of the DHS officers standing nearby stops him and begins demanding his ID.
Joshua asks if he is being detained and what crime he has committed to justify that detention. In addition, Joshua asks for the officers name and badge number, which the officer refuses to give him. The unidentified officer states that the sidewalk Joshua is on is actually federal property and that he is not allowed to have a firearm (Joshua is open carrying at the time) on federal property. After some back and forth about whether the sidewalk is federal property and where it is stated that firearms are prohibited, Joshua leaves the area.
Soon after, Joshua returns, having put his firearm away in his car. At that time, Joshua asks for the name and badge numbers of the three DHS officers present and also asks for a supervisor. All three refuse to identify themselves and Joshua is told that a supervisor is on the way. However, eventually he is told the supervisor is busy and can not come outside.
In the meantime, Joshua points out that the sign (which can’t actually be read without stepping onto federal property) actually says you cannot enter the building with a firearm. The DHS officer who originally stopped Joshua continues acting hostile and demanding ID from while stating that he doesn’t have to identify himself unless Joshua does first. In spite of being told that citizens are not required to ID themselves unless they are lawfully detained and that DHS policy requires the officers to, they continue to refuse to.
Once again, the original officer who approached Joshua continues acting hostile, insisting he stop filming and provide ID. Eventually, that officer threatens Joshua’s nine year old son, who is also filming with a cell phone. After confronting the officer about threatening a young child, Joshua asks the other officer what they think of the behavior of that officer. Both of those Good Cops pretend that they didn’t see it happen. Shortly after that Joshua decides to leave.
Date Of Incident: July 5, 2016
Department Involved: Department of Homeland Security (Indianapolis, IN)
Officers Involved: Refused to Identify Themselves
Phone Number: (317) 233-4280
Address: Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Indiana Government Center South
302 W. Washington St., Room E208
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
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Sorry this video is broken up into parts. It’s my first video shot on a knock off GoPro.In the first half of this, I was walking on a public sidewalk open carrying my .40 handgun when I was stopped and harassed by a DHS police officer. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment as, after securing the firearm in my vehicle, I went back to attempt to get the officers’ names and badge numbers. That’s when the bald idiot threatened my nine year old son.
I filed a complaint against this officer, for which I had limited info to do so. However, nothing has arisen out of it. So enjoy the video and I’m sure there will be many more to come.
– Joshua Elliott