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Man Eloquently Flexes his Rights & Shuts Down Cops Who Detained Him for Jogging While Black

Talladega, AL — Father of three, Corey Dickerson was out for a jog Saturday night when Talladega’s finest decided they needed to harass him. Dickerson is not your average pushover, however, and he knew exactly how to handle himself.

As the video begins, Dickerson was resting from a hard sprint when officer Price of the Talladega police department decided to detain him.

Officer Price begins his ‘fishing’ expedition by firing off random questions at Dickerson, in a likely attempt to get him to self-incriminate. But Dickerson is no fool.

When Dickerson legally refuses to answer questions, officer Price starts in with the usually, “Well, we’ve had a lot of burglaries and thefts, and we don’t know who you are.” In other words, “a black man jogging at night is suspicious, so give me your id.”

The police “not knowing” who Dickerson is, does not create the reasonable articulable suspicion necessary for a lawful detainment. At this point, officer Price’s detainment of Dickerson becomes unlawful.

Despite the fact that Alabama is a “Stop and Identify” state,  police cannot detain Dickerson and demand his name, according to Ala. Code §15-5-30, unless the officer:

reasonably suspects (he) is committing, has committed or is about to commit a felony or other public offense and may demand of him his name, address and an explanation of his actions.

Simply claiming that there have been burglaries in the area does not constitute reasonable suspicion — and Dickerson knew this.

As officer Price attempts to provoke him, Dickerson remains completely calm, only giving his first name and he firmly asserts his rights. Dickerson then follows up with the most important questions you can ask when you are stopped on the street by police, “Am I being detained? Am I free to go?”

However, officer Price answered back, that yes, he is being detained and no, he is not free to go, further solidifying the illegal nature of the stop.

While this incident is no laughing matter, officer Price’s reaction to Dickerson’s next question is Price-less.

When Dickerson says, “So you guys can detain me for anything whatsoever?” officer Price is left speechless. The gears in his head could not turn fast enough to formulate an excuse for the unlawful detainment, so he fakes a call on the walkie talkie.

At the 3:05 mark, after Dickerson asked the question, Price picks up his radio, holds it to his mouth, presses the button, and then puts the radio back on his belt. At no time during this charade did Price ever open his lips to say anything.

After Dickerson gets his name, officer Price admits that it’s not just him they harass, they stop people all night long and harass them too.

When his backup arrives, officer Price tries to justify the stop by saying, “Well, he was standing over here, and I was concerned about it.” He then goes on to chastise Dickerson for his decision to film the encounter by saying, “He wants to get this all on video.” — as if that is a bad thing.

As the video goes on, Price hands over the “investigation” to his backup officer who admits he saw Dickerson jogging earlier, and had no reason to stop him. At this point, the officers should have admitted they were in the wrong and let Mr. Dickerson go. However, they were already well vested in their unlawful detainment and began to grasp for straws.

At every attempt to justify their illegal detainment, Dickerson shuts them down.

The “good cop,” who showed up second, also claims that the “burglaries and thefts in the area” are why they stopped Dickerson and then he cites a case that “they just got off of over here.” The officer then explains that there was this allegedly recent and new case of young lady from Pennsylvania just had her door kicked in twice.

When the Free Thought Project spoke to Dickerson, he explained to us that he knew the woman who the officer was talking about.

“I actually know her, and her house did get broken into but that was years ago, and she’s been back in Pennsylvania,” he explained. “You can’t trust what these guys tell you, cause they will say anything they feel will get them what they want.”

Eventually, after the officers continue to press him, Dickerson stopped recording and called his sister to inform her of his harassment.

Because he was cordial, articulate, and well-informed, Dickerson eloquently ended his own unlawful detainment without incident.

It could be a long time before we stop police harassment in this country. In the meantime, however, knowing your rights and how to assert them will keep you from becoming a victim during these unlawful stops.

To those who will undoubtedly say that Dickerson should have just shown his ID and it would have been over — that is the problem.

In a free society, all humans have a right to travel freely without being stopped and forced to “show their papers.” If history has taught us anything, it is that handing over one tiny bit of your rights to the state will inevitably result in the loss of even more rights.

Give the police state an inch, and it takes a mile. Society would do well to stop giving away its inches before there are none left to give.

  • If he wasn’t taping this, I’m pretty sure the outcome would have changed! I didn’t watch the entire video nor do I have the desire to. It’s a MOFO that this type of video even exists. We as individuals have a lot to think about, and more to change. This is very disturbing! Those are my thoughts.

  • If he wasn’t taping this, I’m pretty sure the outcome would have changed! I didn’t watch the entire video nor do I have the desire to. It’s a MOFO that this type of video even exists. We as individuals have a lot to think about, and more to change. This is very disturbing! Those are my thoughts.

  • If he wasn’t taping this, I’m pretty sure the outcome would have changed! I didn’t watch the entire video nor do I have the desire to. It’s a MOFO that this type of video even exists. We as individuals have a lot to think about, and more to change. This is very disturbing! Those are my thoughts.

  • You can see the cop bristle

  • You can see the cop bristle

  • You can see the cop bristle

  • He said its 12:30 and your outside and there’s a business across the street… Is there some kind of new curfew I don’t know about… And the cop admitted that he didn’t commit any crime but he’s detaining him anyway

    • But his black.

    • I’ve been stopped at 1am in my own neighborhood by cops. I’m a whitey. What’s ur excuse for why I was stopped?

  • He said its 12:30 and your outside and there’s a business across the street… Is there some kind of new curfew I don’t know about… And the cop admitted that he didn’t commit any crime but he’s detaining him anyway

    • But his black.

    • I’ve been stopped at 1am in my own neighborhood by cops. I’m a whitey. What’s ur excuse for why I was stopped?

  • He said its 12:30 and your outside and there’s a business across the street… Is there some kind of new curfew I don’t know about… And the cop admitted that he didn’t commit any crime but he’s detaining him anyway

    • But his black.

    • I’ve been stopped at 1am in my own neighborhood by cops. I’m a whitey. What’s ur excuse for why I was stopped?

  • Racists with badges.

  • Racists with badges.

  • Racists with badges.

  • The guy was JWB.

    • He just wanted to be a star,,I’d and go home r stay home..

  • The guy was JWB.

    • He just wanted to be a star,,I’d and go home r stay home..

  • The guy was JWB.

    • He just wanted to be a star,,I’d and go home r stay home..

  • I live in Alabama ( thanks for exposing this!) and just talked to a local cop about probable cause to do this…in short, they think that a neighborhood can dictate stop and frisk and is about his safety., he used both of these circumstances to justify detainment and IDing. Of course, any sane person knows that is ridiculous…people better start paying attention, because if this is acceptable behavior…it is just a matter of time before they get brave and do it in well off neighborhoods. The only good thing about my town is that they do not have quotas. But cities like Birmingham, Talladega…they are pretty bad. Birmingham cops are idiots..check out my arrest (charges were later dismissed): https://youtu.be/LvSc52JdL7I

  • I live in Alabama ( thanks for exposing this!) and just talked to a local cop about probable cause to do this…in short, they think that a neighborhood can dictate stop and frisk and is about his safety., he used both of these circumstances to justify detainment and IDing. Of course, any sane person knows that is ridiculous…people better start paying attention, because if this is acceptable behavior…it is just a matter of time before they get brave and do it in well off neighborhoods. The only good thing about my town is that they do not have quotas. But cities like Birmingham, Talladega…they are pretty bad. Birmingham cops are idiots..check out my arrest (charges were later dismissed): https://youtu.be/LvSc52JdL7I

  • I live in Alabama ( thanks for exposing this!) and just talked to a local cop about probable cause to do this…in short, they think that a neighborhood can dictate stop and frisk and is about his safety., he used both of these circumstances to justify detainment and IDing. Of course, any sane person knows that is ridiculous…people better start paying attention, because if this is acceptable behavior…it is just a matter of time before they get brave and do it in well off neighborhoods. The only good thing about my town is that they do not have quotas. But cities like Birmingham, Talladega…they are pretty bad. Birmingham cops are idiots..check out my arrest (charges were later dismissed): https://youtu.be/LvSc52JdL7I

  • The. Actual. Fuck. Seriously. Enough already.

  • The. Actual. Fuck. Seriously. Enough already.

  • The. Actual. Fuck. Seriously. Enough already.

  • I must be missing something. I don’t hear the “eloquence” or the “shut down.”

  • I must be missing something. I don’t hear the “eloquence” or the “shut down.”

  • I must be missing something. I don’t hear the “eloquence” or the “shut down.”

  • Why is ok for the police to routinely violate our rights
    And I’m sure it can’t be department policy to allow this ,
    So shouldn’t there be disciplinary action whenever cops lie to the public , isn’t there some sort of character code
    That is being violated ?

  • Why is ok for the police to routinely violate our rights
    And I’m sure it can’t be department policy to allow this ,
    So shouldn’t there be disciplinary action whenever cops lie to the public , isn’t there some sort of character code
    That is being violated ?

  • Why is ok for the police to routinely violate our rights
    And I’m sure it can’t be department policy to allow this ,
    So shouldn’t there be disciplinary action whenever cops lie to the public , isn’t there some sort of character code
    That is being violated ?

  • Moral turpitude

  • Moral turpitude

  • Moral turpitude

  • still got him talking at the end no Bueno..

  • still got him talking at the end no Bueno..

  • still got him talking at the end no Bueno..

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  • Some times, i am sure it provokes the pigs, when there authority is questioned.

  • Some times, i am sure it provokes the pigs, when there authority is questioned.

  • Some times, i am sure it provokes the pigs, when there authority is questioned.

  • Video ends before he’s on his way. Prob got ID’d and searched.

  • Video ends before he’s on his way. Prob got ID’d and searched.

  • Video ends before he’s on his way. Prob got ID’d and searched.

  • Never identify yourself for no reason. Never speak to them period.
    Flex your rights people – before they are gone forever.

  • Never identify yourself for no reason. Never speak to them period.
    Flex your rights people – before they are gone forever.

  • Never identify yourself for no reason. Never speak to them period.
    Flex your rights people – before they are gone forever.

  • rule #1 dont answer questions

  • rule #1 dont answer questions

  • rule #1 dont answer questions

  • I was on this guys side until he said well maybe I do have warrants…

    • he still has rights.

    • Of course he does but it gives them justification for suspicion

    • ^^after the fact. The initial interaction of stopping him and suggesting he may detain him was not lawful.. there for everything following is not admissible

    • You just did what a cop does. Break the law the find a way to justify it. It doesn’t or isn’t supposed to work that way. It’s like racial profiling.

    • Look I agree! He should be free to run all night if he wants with no one harassing him. It never should have gotten to the point that it did, but once he volunteered that he may have warrants … it justifies demand of his ID as far as I’m concerned. I’m on your side. He should have said nothing and went on his way… It’s not illegal to jog.

  • I was on this guys side until he said well maybe I do have warrants…

    • he still has rights.

    • Of course he does but it gives them justification for suspicion

    • ^^after the fact. The initial interaction of stopping him and suggesting he may detain him was not lawful.. there for everything following is not admissible

    • You just did what a cop does. Break the law the find a way to justify it. It doesn’t or isn’t supposed to work that way. It’s like racial profiling.

    • Look I agree! He should be free to run all night if he wants with no one harassing him. It never should have gotten to the point that it did, but once he volunteered that he may have warrants … it justifies demand of his ID as far as I’m concerned. I’m on your side. He should have said nothing and went on his way… It’s not illegal to jog.

  • I was on this guys side until he said well maybe I do have warrants…

    • he still has rights.

    • Of course he does but it gives them justification for suspicion

    • ^^after the fact. The initial interaction of stopping him and suggesting he may detain him was not lawful.. there for everything following is not admissible

    • You just did what a cop does. Break the law the find a way to justify it. It doesn’t or isn’t supposed to work that way. It’s like racial profiling.

    • Look I agree! He should be free to run all night if he wants with no one harassing him. It never should have gotten to the point that it did, but once he volunteered that he may have warrants … it justifies demand of his ID as far as I’m concerned. I’m on your side. He should have said nothing and went on his way… It’s not illegal to jog.

  • He should had just showed his ID,,and on his way 2 minutes, ,problem solved. ..thank you,,,but ow no ,he’s black and want to start trouble, ,,

  • He should had just showed his ID,,and on his way 2 minutes, ,problem solved. ..thank you,,,but ow no ,he’s black and want to start trouble, ,,

  • He should had just showed his ID,,and on his way 2 minutes, ,problem solved. ..thank you,,,but ow no ,he’s black and want to start trouble, ,,

  • Micah check this out…

    • Thanks. It’s good to know bro Zak, now I know how to handle myself in this kind of sticky situation

  • Micah check this out…

    • Thanks. It’s good to know bro Zak, now I know how to handle myself in this kind of sticky situation

  • Micah check this out…

    • Thanks. It’s good to know bro Zak, now I know how to handle myself in this kind of sticky situation

  • This happens to my son at least once every 6months….

  • This happens to my son at least once every 6months….

  • This happens to my son at least once every 6months….

  • there are lots of problems with the police in many states , it is fixable

  • there are lots of problems with the police in many states , it is fixable

  • there are lots of problems with the police in many states , it is fixable

  • Truest Blue

  • Truest Blue

  • Oh U want sum ID? how about look into my eyes n feel my soul mofo. Redneck cop shit daaammn

  • Mic Will

    When you do the right thing these motherfuckers want to get scared yeah I’m going to pick them up police brutality and they came into my house and arrested me with no prove no search warrants know nothing just to try to cover up their investigation that they are already have one internal affairs of anybody like to know more about my story and share my life story please reach out to me on this same name that you see post that on this comment find me on Facebook Instagram you too and I will be more than welcome to share the story with you I must warn you my story is very tragic a lot of people even scared to even say anything about it because these cops are starting to take advantage of their power internal affairs like to cover up for their buddies at work not knowing that if you contact the governor DFCI and you contact certain people people might start talking but like I said if anybody has any questions if anybody has a story you would like me to share I like to share stories on Facebook and anywhere I can’t and please stay tuned to my upcoming addition on the voice this weekend in Pennsylvania please stay tuned to the TV show Thanks