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Long Beach Cop Gets Schooled by BMX Rider Who Knows Bicycle Laws Better than Him

Long Beach, CA — A video uploaded to YouTube Saturday shows the power of citizens knowing the law when being harassed by police.

In the video, Lieutenant Mark Coble approaches a group of people riding their bikes on Rainbow Harbor Esplanade in Long Beach and attempts to tell them riding there is illegal. However, Sean, the man taking the video knew that it was, in fact, not illegal to ride bikes in this area and politely tell officer Coble that he is wrong.

“If you’re doing tricks up here I don’t care,” the officer says in the video. “But once you get off of this, you can’t ride your bikes down here. You can pass that word along. That will keep people from complaining to me and I won’t come talk to you.”

“Is there a law change?” Sean asks.

“Yeah, you can’t ride your bikes on the boardwalk,” the cop responds.

“When did that law change?” Sean inquires.

“Uh, it’s been a law for quite a while,” the officer says.

“16.16.502 is the civic sectional code that states you can ride your bicycles around out here,” Sean says. “So I don’t know what law you are referring to.”

Sean was off a bit on the code, (It’s actually 16.08.502) but he was close enough for us to find it. And it clearly states that bicycle riding is allowed so long as cyclists do not exceed a certain speed between the hours of 10:00 am and 10:00 pm.

“Ok, you want to go that way?” the officer asks. “We can go that way.”

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“You want to pull out your civic code and you want to look up the code?” Sean asks. “16.16.502 states that you can ride your bicycle out here.”

“Exactly where?” the cop asks, clearly baffled that a citizen is spouting off municipal code references.

“The Rainbow Harbor Esplanade which is this entire area,” Sean asserts. “All the way at the end down there, to all the way down here.”

“So did you get your law degree on Facebook?” Cobel asks, in an apparent attempt to belittle this informed man. “Where did you actually obtain that?”

“So do I have to have a law degree to be an informed citizen?” Sean responds in a most polite yet assertive manner successfully deflecting the officer’s attempt to belittle him. “Is that what you’re saying?.. Is it wrong to know your rights?… Last time I checked, when officers come and try to invalidate your rights by telling you bulls**t laws and enforcing their opinions, that’s not what you are supposed to do.”

“You’re supposed to support the law and what the law says is that you can ride your bikes out here,” Sean adds. “You have no business coming up and harassing anyone telling them they shouldn’t ride their bikes.”

“Oh this is harassment now?” the cop asks.

“When you tell someone not to ride their bike when they’re legally able to ride their bike, yes that is harassment,” Sean says. “Your opinion is irrelevant. The law states we can ride our bikes. Now do you have anything else to say or are you going to leave us alone?”

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It is at this instance that a glorious moment occurs — the officer concedes and walks away.

“Have a great day dude,” says the officer, who then walks away.

The Free Thought Project looked up Long Beach Police Lieutenant Mark Coble, and seeing how much he makes; it’s particularly worrisome that he doesn’t know the code. One would think that an officer who makes over $200,000 a year would know a bicycle code that he is trying to enforce. But, this wasn’t the case.

Below is this epic rights flexing moment captured on video. Enjoy.

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.

  • Stained Pancho

    Cop came around which is nice to see as I just read the story about swat blasting old man with diabetic seizure.. I will say that as the code 16.16 etc was wrong it also showed that the cop could have fallen for a bullshit line from the bike rider. Jughead cop.

  • Linda Brown

    Well Done ! Thanks for knowing “the law ” and standing up for OUR rights ! THANK YOU all good but the laughter at the end was BEAUTIFUL .

  • Mitica Nicora

    Personally I think that police and army shouldn’t exist in a normal society… Anyway the cop was wrong, but I don’t think he gets $200,000/year…

    • Ron Healey

      Are you retahded, as we say in the Boston area?

      Did you notice the words “makes over $200,000 a year” were in red?

      That is a LINK.

      When you click on the link it brings up a website which publishes exactly how much this POS cop makes.

      Total pay and benefits: $205,865.00


      BTW, there are 658 Lieutenants in the state of CA making more than him. The top earner brings in $532,541.55

      104 make over $300k

  • Stefano Giovannini

    Both parties are wrong and do not know the rules: that code that got cited states that at that location you can ride the bike at 3 MPH, and average humans walk at 3.1 MPH, so the cop could have said they were speeding. 10 MPH is kind of slow average on a bicycle…”16.08.502 – Bicycles on Rainbow Harbor Esplanade.
    Bicycle riding on the Rainbow Harbor Esplanade is prohibited in excess of three (3) miles per hour between the hours of ten o’clock (10:00) a.m. and ten o’clock (10:00) p.m., except City employees in the performance of their duties.

    (ORD-08-0014 § 31, 2008)”

  • LBrothers

    That was beautiful.

  • Martin Vontray

    I’d bet my house these guys were exceeding the 3 mph.