The following was shared by Leah Toups via CopBlock.org/Submit. She recounts being issued ransoms by Jon Phillips, a Canton, Texas police employee, for actions that have no victim, who then continued to harass and engage in stalker-like behavior. It seems clear that Toups would not voluntarily hire Phillips to “protect” her – I wonder how many others in Canton feel the same?
Aggressor: Jon Phillips badge #109
Outfit: Canton TX Police Department
I am a single white female who is terrified for my safety in my small hometown in which I have lived for 23-years. For the last 12-months I have been continuously harrassed by Officer Jon Phillips. The incident that occurred on September 13, 2014 put the nail in the coffin, so to speak.
At approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday afternoon I was returning home from running errands. I was at a complete stop on a State Highway 64 waiting to make a left turn onto Old Kaufman Road (my residential area). Officer Phillips was approaching the stop sign at Old Kaufman Road attempting to turn right onto State Highway 64. He was traveling at an unsafe rate of speed, ran the stop sign, and made his right turn into traffic coming his way (I was stopped waiting to turn). I immediately heard the acceleration of the police car and took note that he ran the stop sign but dismissed it as I thought that maybe he had received a call, although, he did not have his emergency lights on NOR his siren.
After I negotiated my turn I looked back and noticed that Officer Phillips (now about 1/4th of mile up the road headed the opposite direction from me) tapped his breaks. I continued traveling down my road on to my home. Approximately 30-seconds later I noticed a police car approaching my car with great speed. The speed limit on said road is 25 mph. I looked down at my speedometer and I was traveling 27 mph. I then let up off the accelerator in preparation to make a left turn into my neighborhood. I signaled and turned, and without a turn signal, he followed me.
I traveled about 1/4th of a mile further and he pulled me over. The reason for the stop was my speed which he clocked at 29 mph in a 25 mph speed zone. He wrote me two citations: speeding and failure to change address within 30-days.
I have lived in my new home for 45-day, which Phillips knows because he somehow acquired my address the day I moved in and since has proceeded to drive in front of my house 2-3 times a day, park in my driveway and wait for me to come home or to leave, sat along the curbside in front of my residence, beat on my front door, and treat me like a criminal for a simple unpaid ticket THAT HE ISSUED ME for expired registration.
This man is a predator! He needs to have his badge taken away!!! I have a complaint with the police department on file and currently working on another depicting Saturday’s incident.
Editors Note: Will Mike Echols – the head-honcho of the Canton Police Outfit – find his colleague Phillips did anything wrong? That’s unlikely, per the perverse incentives inherent in the thin blue line culture, but it’s great that Toup sought to make others aware of his actions through her post. One suggestion for Toups and anyone else in such a situation – film all encounters with police employees. If video of the actions Phillips is said to have done existed (and perhaps it does from his dash camera?) it would go a long way to show that, far from “protecting and serving,” he is a menace to the community.