CopBlocker Turns The Tables On Officers Harassing Him

On 1-28-2016 Rick Gonzalez of Lehigh Valley CopBlock  was out patrolling the Allentown Area as he does almost every day. Rick is a seasoned veteran of copblocking and knows his rights well.

Upon passing the jail and police station (the same place) Rick catches the attention of a Pennsylvania State Police officer, that was leaving the jail. Its important to note that the state police do not patrol Allentown. They were only there most likely dropping off a prisoner. This did not stop officer “jumpy” from stopping next to Rick and asking him what he was doing. Rick chose to exercise his rights at this point and remained silent. The officer then pulled back in a position to watch Rick while calling for backup. Rick was totally un-phased  and beautifully kept his cool while filming the annoyed officer.

About 5 minutes passed before an Allentown officer arrives on scene and begins to question Rick right away. Rick decides to engage the officers in conversation to gauge their reaction to recent events involving federal investigations against the city. He even drops our group name and my name. We are well known and have been featured in the paper a number of times for holding local police accountable. The officer acts as if he never heard of us or Copblock. Rick is not phased and quickly informs the officers he is live streaming on his phone using cell 411.

After a few minutes of questioning the officers realize they will get nothing from him and begin to back off. That’s when Rick skillfully flips the script on the officers. Getting their identities and putting  them on the defensive. The happiest surprise was when Rick recognized the name tag on one of the police…. Robert Busch. Busch was made famous over the summer by a viral video showing him body slamming a 62 year old man for singing.

This man arguably helped create Lehigh Valley Copblock.  He most certainly was the reason we started focusing on Allentown. It was the greatest moment in YouTube history when Rick says “That’s no good man. How do you feel about that?” Busch’s face showed pure shame for a brief moment, it was priceless. The other officers realize that they had just been caught in the very situation their superiors ordered them to avoid and move quickly to disperse. Rick still is asking for ID though. The state trooper actually begins to tell Rick how nice he has been to him, as if he was not the one that started the entire encounter.

In the end they are all identified. Accountability was had right out in the open for the world to see. Rick stood his ground. He never identified himself or even wavered in his confidence. He knew his rights and was ready to exercise them. The smartest thing Rick did though was to utilize a free live streaming app like Cell411. Even though he was walking alone he had every friend on his network able to watch his back.

Way To Go Rick!!

Rick has put a lot of time into growing as a copblocker. Its important to know that Rick spoke with the officers here because he wanted to engage with them. He was totally in charge of the conversation the whole time.  You do not have to say a word if you are in a similar situation. If you are not confident and knowledgeable of your rights it usually best to remain silent.

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