News Now OKC had video rolling while conducting an audit of 1st & 2nd Amendments rights in central Oklahoma City, on Saturday. Among the locations they traversed, was a faith community which was meeting during their sabbath.
Publisher Tim Harper sought a discourse with the worshippers regarding a recent traffic stop in which an individual refused to acknowledge municipal police authority to detain him, but asked for a sheriff, instead. Harper wanted to know if that motorist was reflecting the beliefs of this Black Hebrew Israelite group (as he referred to them).
The worshippers (all men) told Harper to leave the property, and Harper promptly complied. But several municipal police responded to the scene and stayed present while a determination was made as to where the public right of way ends and private property begins.
When the matter was established, police told Harper that they would prosecute if harper ever trespassed again. At no time was Harper required to disarm or provide documents. All parties acted with restraint even though there was clear displeasure with what Harper was doing. Neighboring businesses expressed their displeasure, in solidarity with the religious group.
We're providing two raw video clips of the event.