Filmmaker arrested for fake terror stunt
A US filmmaker has been arrested for sending a teenager onto the street with fake grenade launcher to test police response times.
Michael Turley, 39, allegedly filmed his nephew dressed in a sheet while pointing the realistic looking weapon at passing cars.
The video, which was posted on YouTube, appears to show the fake terrorist on a busy road in Phoeniz, Arizona, for 15 minutes before police arrive.
But Phoenix Police Department spokesman James Holmes said officers were on the scene within a minute of being alerted.
"They told us they were just making a movie," Mr Holmes told the Arizona Republic, adding that there was no arrest that day.
"We deemed it a pretty dumb action but we didn't know what their real intent was, so we initiated an investigation."
Turley faces charges of giving a false impression of a terrorist act, endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of his minor nephew, 16, who also faces charges.
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what do you think?
Stupid thing to do. The nephew could have been shot as he was acting like a terrorist.
Dldnt look like a terrorist to me. he wasnt in US military uniform
He was lucky nobody shot him. They'd have been quite entitled under self-defence legislation. Most people I know have some kind of gun in their car because of carjackings.
Most people in Britain don't bother carrying a gun in their car due to normally not needing to.
Man holding big movie camera may have given the game away. But then they are american dumbass comes naturally to them!
He's lucky a scared member of the public didn't run him over!!!