New England Cop Harasses Guy Walking Home, Gets Schooled

Amanda Warren
Activist Post

I defend this country…I defend those rights for you. -Cop, before arresting guy walking home.

It’s October 2013 and a man is walking home down a picturesque road. He is being watched. He is being followed. This is evidenced by the police dashcam video that was finally released.

When he gets stopped by an officer for “suspicious activity” he doesn’t just shrug and leave it at that. He morphs into assertive overdrive. He knows the law and his rights, even though the officer claims otherwise.

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The officer demands the pedestrian’s identification on the claim of suspicious activity. He follows the man, saying repeatedly that yes, it is his business.

The cop projects everything he is doing onto his prey. Stop escalating, he warns. And, you are acting suspicious right now. A second cop arrives to interrogate even after the man provides information to quell any suspicions of criminal activity. When they can’t arrest him for acting suspicious or not giving ID, voila! they pull something else out of their bag-o-charges.


The escalation of the cop and ensuing arrest resulted in damages awarded to the arrested man. At his request, the town’s entire police department was to undergo more training on “Terry Stops” (described as proper search and seizure).

So much for, “I defend this country…I defend those rights for you,” as the cop claims, and “I’m not doing anything that’s illegal.”

Volume begins at about one minute when the vehicle lights activate the dashcam recorder. There is no editing aside from the typed narration.

Terry Stops, which can include frisks and light searches of duffel bags, etc, are enacted when there is “reasonable suspicion” versus probable cause.



From Terry vs Ohio (1968):

Where a police officer observes unusual conduct which leads him reasonably to conclude in light of his experience that criminal activity may be afoot and that the persons with whom he is dealing may be armed and presently dangerous, …he is entitled for the protection of himself and others in the area to conduct a carefully limited search of the outer clothing of such persons in an attempt to discover weapons which might be used to assault him.

Guy walking home with grocery bag? Not exactly the adrenalin-inducing suspicion better placed towards a man who just pulled off an armed bank job.

According to YouTube poster, Michael Wright, the arrest led to legal financial settlement in the unidentified rural, New England town.

No trial. No jury. And of course, no admission of guilt on the part of the officer involved or the department.

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57 Comments on "New England Cop Harasses Guy Walking Home, Gets Schooled"

  1. Why did he reverse his path? Why didn’t he just keep walking until he got home with the cop in tow?

  2. It’s clear that in this case, the Hispanic police officer regards his job as that of a security detail for the wealthy home-owners in the area. He’s culturally clueless enough, cannot somehow place the man, thinking he could not possibly be one of the rich guys he’s sworn to protect. This cop wouldn’t know old money if it bit him in the nose (which it did). (The second cop who backs him up sounds accent-wise exactly like the arrestee).

    To the popular culture, the only people worth protecting are big vulgar types who would not be caught dead walking a country road, but must insist upon some kind of huge set of wheels with darkened windows. Like Aaron Hernandez, for example.

    The whole “equal before the law” thing was good for getting that police job (with a little help from affirmative action), but actually knowing what that phrase means kind of eludes some people. A good reason not to have the police force acting like an occupying force – because they will never be on the side of the majority of citizens, but will only work for the fascists who selected and outfitted them.

    Terry v. Ohio has this problem: That which I would call reasonable suspicion might have a different threshold than the cop’s. It depends on subjective evaluation and as such is not very useful as a guide.

    Whether this incident was staged as a lesson for citizens or police, or whether it was genuine, the stubbornness of the man walking along the road is an example of not going along to get along. It’s active resistance to creeping fascism. The question about trespass was never adequately explained, and I suspect the cop pulled it out of his rear when he was losing the argument about a person’s freedom to walk down a country road. I see the arrestee then yielded some more information – such as his first name. He originally claimed he had no ID on him. I suspect this was never true, but it served to be a “no” to the cop who sought it for no good reason.

    Back to “Terry” – it seems to give the cop a lot of the benefit of the doubt. Again suspicion is subjective. It’s a bad standard, in my view.

    • American Patriot | October 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm | Reply

      I like how a town park can be ‘private’ for residents only, yet public money is used to patrol it..

  3. This is the norm for New England. In my town 4 cops are in prison for this stuff against Hispanics and we lost more than half of our 50 all white police force. This happened to me and I filed a complaint with the Dept. of Justice. I was walking through a parking lot with a laptop in a laptop case. The cop pulls in flashing lights and asks me what was in the case. I told him he asked to look so he searches me, the brief case, a rental car I had nearby and even called the rental company. He and another cop that came apologized then let me go. I filed a complaint directly with the DoJ. But it seems that this was typical for these two cops. They were arrested by the FBI along with two others and all had separate jury trials. They were found guilty and sentenced to prison with my cop getting 5 years for beating other Hispanics up while handcuffed.

  4. Mike is an inspiration.

  5. John C Carleton | March 31, 2015 at 2:52 pm | Reply

    Well hire below average intelligence people who were geeks and wimps in school, give them a pistol, strung out on illegal steroids and this is what you get.

    • Now see, that’s where you’re wrong. The people that gravitate to law enforcement were usually bullies and failed jocks. The geeks and wimps are the ones that sign your paycheck.

  6. here in Bullhead City, Arizona one evening, I was sitting on a lounge chair at 1 A.M. with the hotel manager when a cop drove up and demanded ID under threat of arrest. I went down to the PD a few days later to file a complaint. The desk officer asked why I showed my ID to the cop. I said, “because he threatened to arrest us if we didn’t”. What more do I have to add here? Goodbye America, how are ya….was that Arlo Guthrie?

    • American Patriot | October 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm | Reply

      I would have refused, and if he grabbed me, I would have ‘resisted’ as his arrest I know was illegal, and I am NOT obligated to bow down to illegal commands…
      I also would have cuffed him and charged him with felony assault and threatening.

  7. Is New England getting cops from Mexico?

    • keepyourpower | March 31, 2015 at 6:06 pm | Reply

      Probably illegal alien..remember it is Blue Country up there. What is the name of the town? Why isn’t it in the article? Ah..New Hampshire!
      You notice the guy lets him know he is a NATURAL born citizen! Dig! Dig! Ha! Ha!

      Why did the voice recording stop? Did the “probably illegal alien” turn it off, so he wouldn’t get caught doing something wrong?

      I cannot stand STUPID cops! I hate corrupt cops even more!
      Do these guys still have their jobs? I don’t, and I followed the Constitution..I swore an oath to the Constitution, and the State Constitution..to uphold the law..not break it!

      I have to leave this thread, before I get angrier!

    • mexicans working for border patrol were set up on i91 vermont 88.5 miles from the border stopping cars asking for identification and citizenship proof for years…i clearly told them to go fuck them selves and show me your green card. i was a passenger in the car everyone shit their pants and they immediately waved us on

  8. Chart Wizard | March 31, 2015 at 5:46 pm | Reply

    ANY time there is a settlement paid to a victim by the governmental entity, it is a de facto admission of guilt and a plea for mercy . . . “Please, please, a jury would hang our @sses, so please take this settlement!”

  9. Mike Lashewitz | March 31, 2015 at 5:57 pm | Reply

    Hmmm “I was born here”
    Hey officer YOU have a Hispanic accent! YOU were not born here. How do I know you are a real cop?

    Unlawful search and seizure and I would have loved to bust the cop.

  10. keepyourpower | March 31, 2015 at 6:02 pm | Reply

    Back in the 70’s, when I patrolled the streets of my county…I didn’t have TIME to do a Terry stop! I did my job..and worked circles around the other guys. They would be parked next to each other, talking…and I would drive up…go around the back of the buildings, and shake doors. THEY weren’t going to do it! I showed respect to people like this man. What was HE doing, to be stopped? NOTHING!

    Because I was one of the first females in street policing…I HAD to be better than them. Guess what? They did not like that one bit! I was harassed the 4 years I worked for them…then onto another law enforcement job, for the state. Those guys were not any better. 10 years of harassment, and discrimination..and that was it! They lost the best officer they ever had, in my opinion. Both departments! And to those who want to know….YES I believe the police are being militarized for a reason….Martial Law. Us against them!

    • anticriminals | March 31, 2015 at 8:18 pm | Reply

      Let me be the first to thank you. You are the reason that there are few, if any good cops. Don’t take my comment wrong, please. It is best to get clear of what could shortly become ugly. When we can’t trust law enforcement to obey the law and police itself then it is truly time for vigilantism. The definition of treason is waging war against the people and that is exactly what these traitors are doing. The penalty for treason is death.
      People put up with a lot of crap before taking action, but we have a breaking point like our founding fathers. This is complained about in the Declaration of Independence. ‘He [the king] has sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance’.
      Thank you for speaking out and removing yourself from the problem.

      • keepyourpower | April 1, 2015 at 1:22 pm | Reply

        I could not stay in that profession. I LOVED being able to help people. I liked putting bad guys in jail. But I could no longer stand the ignorance, sexual harassment, and discrimination that was daily, in my life! I put a man through Medical School, he joined the Navy…and I was able to leave those troubles behind me. Not to realize…I had married a psychotic narcissist just like Obama!! (IMHO) Stepped out of one pan..and into the fire! Yikes! Lessons learned!

    • I know a woman who is a retired DA’s investigator, and former police academy instructor in martial arts and pistol marksmanship. Concurrent with her instructor duties, she also was (secretly) the school’s psychological evaluator of students. She told me that there are two ways a woman cop can advance her career: She can be better than all the men, or she can sleep her way up the ranks. You are to be commended for choosing the former.

    • Common Sense | April 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm | Reply

      This contradicts your previous stance on the article about the police being more dangerous to the congressman than ISIS.

      • keepyourpower | April 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm | Reply

        No it does not. I have the opinion that many officers today are too militarized. Like the ones who shoot dogs first..like the ones who use a no knock warrant. Policing today, is NOTHING like when I was a police officer.

    • Muhammad Abbass | April 2, 2015 at 8:35 pm | Reply

      They drive all decent people out this way.

  11. Sick of it All | March 31, 2015 at 6:34 pm | Reply

    How infuriating for this innocent man. So glad he stood his ground. I hope he took that town to the cleaners and that they remember this when it comes time to elect a new peace officer.

    As a country we need to get clear on whether or not we have to kow-tow to cop thugs in situations such as this, where we are minding our own business, doing nothing wrong and end up in the clutches of a cop on a power trip. Is there ANY limit on their power and authority over us? Can they just stop us anytime and anywhere and make up the “suspicious activity” excuse and get away with it? It seems so and we need to do something about it.

    As for this cop’s accent, perhaps he is native born to a spanish speaking family, but it sure sounds like he was born in Latin America. If so, that might explain why he has zero respect or understanding of the principles at the foundation of our concept of liberty and right to be left the hell alone if we aren’t bothering anybody. Lack of understanding of the spirit as well as the letter of our Constitution SHOULD disqualify anyone from a cop job.

  12. This reminds me of Nazi Germany. Show me your papers!

  13. Terry v Ohio is a flawed decision. What good is the 4th amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches if the government gets to decide what’s reasonable? The government (police) will always claim they are acting reasonably.

    • anticriminals | March 31, 2015 at 8:30 pm | Reply

      You are absolutely correct. Terry v Ohio should be recognized for the treason to the constitution that it is. Your government was overthrown years ago with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Learn to accept the truth for what it is.

      • timwebb1000 . | April 1, 2015 at 2:20 am | Reply

        Ah, the great man Abraham Lincoln, and his War of Northern Aggression, which established the Federal Government into its position of unassailable dominance over you all.
        What a tragedy that he was assassinated…

      • The constitution created a republic. A republic is the rulership of the self declared elite. This is what it looks like. Patrick Henry saw this coming. Read his anti federalist argument. The inclusion of the Bill of Rights in the constitution was voted down unanimously during the constitutional convention, 10-0. It was the last thing they voted on. It was the states that were responsible for the bill of rights. They wouldn’t ratify the constitution without them.

    • That’s why the cops usually investigate themselves and declare, after the investigation that they did no wrong,……. the beating, shooting, or false charges are/were within police policy……

  14. Pamela Cohen | March 31, 2015 at 7:43 pm | Reply

    Who has ordered the militarization of the police? They need to exit for probable cause: Treason. This is our country.
    Just a bit of news: Recently I called on a property between Grants Pass and Shady Cove, Oregon. The 13-yr. land owner was in bad shape, and said the Chemtrails are so bad there, it falls like a fog on your body. He took the red-tinged moss growing on his land to the lab, and it was full of aluminum. He said the Prime Minister of New Zealand told the UN if there were Chemtrail planes over his country, they’d be shot down. He also said 5000 Syrian Muslim refugees were going to end up in Grants Pass soon. A refugee from Cuba recently bought a house in my neighborhood, and our Govt. pays her $1800 every two weeks to take care of her older daughter. The dtr. gets $700 every two weeks. $5000 a mth, paid for by taxes. I was paid 96 cents an hour to care full-time for my Dad with Dementia, with no Respite. Those of us who have paid property taxes, and worked for 30 yrs or more don’t qualify for much. Maybe the immigrants will be the new peasants just down the road.
    The landowner hadn’t applied for Disability after a couple heart attacks and a stroke and stents, thinking he could still keep up, so after 5 yrs. was disqualified. He can’t even get food stamps, as his wife makes too much: $15 an hour.
    Who is next in line if our Commander in Chief is allowing these increasing criminal acts, from police militarization, chemtrails, GMO, forced vaccines, etc. If it’s Biden, we’re still in trouble. And why isn’t Hillary in prison, along with all the rest of the corrupt lot? I’m for auto-prison if our reps refuse to speak, or wipe out evidence like Hillary, Holder, Obama, etc. It’s contempt for the sad citizens that voted them in.
    Off-subject now, but really on target with the larger picture…

    • timwebb1000 . | April 1, 2015 at 2:17 am | Reply

      Parasites bleed a host to death, one drop at a time. They infect the brain, as the cordyceps parasite infects the brain of certain ants, and make it do unnatural things.
      Netanyahu was recently in your country, speaking to this brain.

  15. A good lawyer would make this man rich…hell it just may be the best thing to ever happen to him. I saw a million bucks worth of aggravation .

  16. Lancifer Wildwood | March 31, 2015 at 9:01 pm | Reply

    I’m quasi-glad I’m not allowed into the US anymore..you see I’m a plant terrorist…lol…what a mess you have let your country become. Alas, I have to deal with Harper.

    • ‘O Canada’ sailed into The Yehuda Triangle
      (New York – London – Tel Aviv)
      and out sailed Zio-America Jr.

  17. The same thing happened to me. I was walking home from a movie. A patrol car pulled up just as I reached my front yard. The difference was that the police just assumed that I was a criminal and immediately took me down. After the cuffs were applied, they then started with questions which was more like accusations. When they asked where I lived, I told them ‘right here…we are in my front yard..’ As normal, they didn’t believe it and started getting more aggressive.. Finally, one of the cops reached in my back pocket and read my drivers license. The cop told the other cop that my ID states that I lived at the address we were in front of….. The other cop said it doesn’t matter, I looked like a guy he didn’t like..so what. They then let me go and stood around while I unlocked the door and went in to my house…

    This happened a long time ago and shows that police have only changed for the worse……..

  18. GD cops

  19. Sooriamoorthy | March 31, 2015 at 10:59 pm | Reply

    Why lose time?
    Kill as many cops as possible and the world will be less unsafe.

  20. Did anyone confirm a home intrusion in that area during that time?
    No the “cop” didn’t have to hit the waler behind the guy. Form of intimidation.
    Local cop didn’t know the locals?
    Other then that, I personally would have greeted the LEO as one of my neighbors, until he had proven himself otherwise. I believe it works both ways.
    What is the problem Officer? We had a recent break-in. Really? Where? I live here and didn’t here anything about it?
    I felt toward the middle to the end of the video, that the guy was “defensive”. Could be a precursor to “suspicious”.
    But blatant disrespect is an invitation to get hurt. Not by a cop necessarily but by anyone.
    That’s my take, I wish the very best to you in these “troubled” times.

  21. Just one more incidence of a cop’s power tripping Jackbooted Thuggery.

  22. My cop story. While serving in the US Marines I was on leave for my mothers funeral. I was in the state of Massachusetts but I had license plates from California. A cop pulls me over. He’s loud, obnoxious and belligerent. He asked me “how long are you going to be here”? I told him about three days. He wanted me to say “more than 10 days” because then they give you a ticket and force you to get MASS license plates which costs a lot of money. But I told him I will be returning to California in three days. He huffed off , got in his car and drove away. What a but-wipe.

  23. Mr. Dimensional | April 2, 2015 at 1:05 am | Reply

    By Jove I believe that cop is one of Obama’s Dreamers ! Living the dream as a cop in a communist state !

  24. Common Sense | April 2, 2015 at 7:47 am | Reply

    Evidently peoples memory is much shorter than I realized.

    keepyourpower is the same person who advocated the police refrain from helping the state senator who feared the police more than ISIS when ISIS kicked his door in.

    I made a reply to her and called her on the carpet for that and activist post didn’t print it.

    Quite telling

    So when the truth doesn’t promote readership or additional comments it is ignored or censored.

    Maybe activists post is controlled opposition.

  25. Common Sense | April 2, 2015 at 7:57 am | Reply

    Previous comments from keepyourpower regarding State Senator fearing police more than ISIS.

    keepyourpower •
    5
    days ago

    Well, when ISIS is at his door..and believe me..they ARE
    here…who is the first one he is going to call…the police! Maybe
    the police will be too busy to come to his aid…I don’t blame them!

    keepyourpower
    keepyourpower
    • 4
    days ago

    To all you “Useless Idiots” below…don’t call me when
    ISIS breaks down your door…because I won’t be there to help you.

  26. If he was black or a minority he would have been tazed or shot or at least slammed to the ground and cuffed That is the reality in America. A police state to keep the poor in check. Just an extension of the salavery system it was built on..

  27. American Patriot | October 26, 2015 at 7:43 pm | Reply

    I hope he files a criminal complain on BOTH, and has both charged with conspiracy, violation of USC title 18, subsection 241 violation of constitutional rights, under the color of law. The cop does NOT defend a damn thing, he is now a REVENUE COLLECTOR, NOTHING MORE!

  28. What crap ! As a town citizen & tax payer, I would be livid about this. Because of their stupidity, others will be paying for something that could be going towards a worthwhile project or the training of the police. This was clearly harassment.

  29. Your day is ending pigs!

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