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This Cop Didn’t Get the Memo on Free Speech, So an Informed Citizen Made Him YouTube Famous

Milwaukee, WI — YouTuber, superrick568 was practicing his First Amendment right earlier this month when he came across Officer Lentz with the Milwaukee police department.

Rick noted on his YouTube channel that he’d been out for less than an hour and had filmed this officer and his partner three times during that time. He said, “there were so many stops within a 2-mile radius that I couldn’t keep up. The third time got to him, and he demanded my I.D.”

When officer Lentz gets out of the vehicle, it looked like he was about to assault the man filming.

“Give me your ID!” demands Lentz, to which Rick respectfully declined.

“Unless I’m doing something wrong, I’m not giving you my ID,” replies Rick.

“Right now, you are doing something wrong,” says Lentz, lying through his teeth. “I just asked you for your identification. I need to know who you are, because you are sitting out here filming us.”

It has been clearly established that all Americans have the right to record the police. For an officer of the law to remain willingly ignorant of this precedent is at best, dereliction of duty, and at worst, unlawful deprivation of rights. Either way, Lentz was in the wrong.

In Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, the Supreme Court upheld state laws requiring citizens to reveal their identity when officers have reasonable suspicion to believe criminal activity may be taking place. Commonly known as “stop-and-identify” statutes, these laws permit police to arrest criminal suspects who refuse to identify themselves.

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As of 2014, 24 states have stop-and-identify laws, and Wisconsin is one of those states. However, according to the state law, Lentz had no reason to stop Rick as filming the police is not reasonable suspicion. 

968.24 Temporary questioning without arrest. After having identified himself or herself as a law enforcement officer, a law enforcement officer may stop a person in a public place for a reasonable period of time when the officer reasonably suspects that such person is committing, is about to commit or has committed a crime, and may demand the name and address of the person and an explanation of the person’s conduct. Such detention and temporary questioning shall be conducted in the vicinity where the person was stopped.

After verbal lashing from Lentz, Rick asks for the officer’s supervisor. After a long, somewhat hilarious, and unnecessary interaction, Lentz’ supervisor shows up and sets the record straight. Rick had done nothing wrong and there was no need for this entire stop.

While many may say that Rick should’ve simply shown his ID and gone on his way — they are missing the point entirely. Some will assert that if you are doing nothing wrong, then you have nothing to hide. However, those people couldn’t be more wrong.

At night, do you close your blinds or curtains in your home because you are doing something wrong?

It is important that people like Rick assert these rights, or one day, all of our philosophical ‘curtains’ will be forced open 24 hours a day.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

  • Bill Wingard

    My thanks to Rick and the many others like him, who force the police to follow the law. Without help from these folks the police would run rampant over us all!

  • kdhuff

    did he ever say you were detained? think he kinda avoided answering that.

  • Cam Alft

    cops are criminals,they are corrupt and willingly and knowingly work for a corrupted system…corrupt and worthless cops like this need to harass people for nothing,this cop came up to him,un-needed contact…

  • Cam Alft

    wisconsin cops are the stupidest but not the most criminal,but a close 2nd or 3rd but they do love to kill kids and beat the shit out of drunks…like this cop here who went way out of his way to harass this guy while his boyfriend conducts the stop so the man video taping can’t get it on tape,and the corrupt cop must be hoping that this encounter will sway him from following them the rest of the night…cops like this are criminals,you can tell by how he is acting,the loud mouth on this cop,bet his husband tells him to use his inside voice all the time…

  • MommaLar

    This is a good example of a citizen trying to create a incident with a police officer. I have to go with the thought that it is people like this who are looking for a hard time for themselves. Following anyone around in the dark is a good way to get hurt. The officer was correct to question him. He may have been drawing attention to himself while a cohort was committing a crime. He may have been telling a cohort the whereabouts of the police. I have to agree with the officer as to the safety of the public he serves. If it was a crime to speak loudly my entire family is guilty. The person filming is the problem in this instance.

    • lsdkjfsldkfjsdkl

      So the person abiding the law is the problem, not the officer unlawfully violating a citizens rights? It’s the guy who was standing there minding his own business’ fault, but not the officer who for no reason whatsoever aggressively approached the man who was doing nothing but exercising his rights? I’m pretty sure the cop was the one who walked up to him and created an incident… Statists gonna state…

  • Josh Wark

    Kind of on the fence about this one. I mean a truly corrupt cop would have just said I smelled weed or created suspicion with lies. I mean, I’d rather have an honest cop that doesn’t completely understand the law at least. MAybe that’s wrong but I’ve just seen FAR worse.

    • lsdkjfsldkfjsdkl

      Did you not notice how often he lied?

  • Gus Firchow

    San Diego law enforcement is above the law. Just try to tell them they have to comply and see what happens.

  • Jason Bradley
  • Sam Holden

    He initiates conversation with the officer far to often for my liking. That’s not a good way to say as little as possible…

  • Mike Noway

    “I’ll see ya at the next stop. And you won’t get ID there either.”

    Hahahahah beautiful.

  • Mike Handy

    why do cops think WE work for THEM? THEY work for US under OUR tax dollars regardless which country you live in. How dare they think otherwise!? Basic proof that they do NOT work for us, but the people who pay them to fuck over their own citizenry. They don’t care about us.

  • Earthangel171

    This convo went on too long…either he was being question for doing something wrong or walk away and go back to doing ur job u r paid to do. During several stops there may always be folks away the screen will the cops feel threaten by all these rubber neckers just watching

    • Don Kalo Vallarino

      The sergeant took her own sweet time, or the biker cops told her to just do that. If there were more cops like the sergeant the world would be a better place.

  • Celia Nobles

    A Black person would’ve got shot within 10 minutes…. no conversation

  • Christian Dawson

    What a smart-arse this guy is. If I was a cop and someone was following me around I’d be concerned, and I’d call that enough suspicion to check someone’s I.D. People like this…! and it’s obvious the Supervisor could see he was just an idiot so dropped it, but how is the original cop to know that when he first sees him following! The cop remained pretty cool through it I think…