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VIDEO: What Walking Down the Street Drinking Coffee is Like for a Black Man in a Police State

Cincinnati, OH — An Ohio man was merely trying to walk down the street and drink his coffee last month when he became the target of a Cincinnati police officer.

Charles Harrel, 29, pulled out his phone and documented his stalker, Cincinnati officer, Baron Osterman.

As the video begins, Harrell says, “This is what we have to go through in Cincinnati,” as Osterman follows him on his bicycle. “You can’t be a black man and enjoy your morning, because the police are going to harass you, Cincinnati, Ohio. … Walking down the street; the cop just asked me if I have a problem.”

Harrell knew that his morning was about to be ruined.

“Sir, I saw you crossing at the light,” Osterman said, noting that his vested authority gives him the power to deprive people of their freedom for allegedly crossing the street in a manner not fit for the police state.

Osterman claimed the man had jaywalked while Harrell says he crossed with the light. At this point, the situation is quickly escalated.

Harrell then says, “Sir, you were scaring me, sir. I don’t know why were following me, anyway. You were following me all the way down the street.”

For allegedly crossing the street the wrong way, Harrell is thrown to the wall, handcuffed, search, and arrested. The camera, which fell to the ground during the assault, continued to record the interaction.

Harrell is charged with a pedestrian violation, possession of less than 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of marijuana and resisting arrest.

Osterman is no stranger to violent, and even deadly interactions. According to Cincinnati.com;

Osterman was part of a police-involved death of a black male, Nathaniel Jones, in 2003 in the parking lot of a North Avondale White Castle restaurant.

In 2004, the Citizen Complaint Authority ruled that it believed officers used excessive force in subduing Jones, 41, who weighed 348 pounds, had high blood pressure and had ingested illegal narcotics. Osterman and another officer, James Pike, had their names cleared in 2008 when a Hamilton County Common Pleas judge awarded the officers financial compensation for injuries sustained while arresting Jones and for punitive and compensatory damages.

The Free Thought Project reached out to Harrell and the Cincinnati police department for a statement but have yet to hear back from either party.

On Friday, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac released the following statement.

“We take all citizen concerns and complaints seriously. As such, the incident is under investigation by both the Internal Investigations Unit of the Cincinnati Police Department and the Citizen Complaint Authority, which provides a neutral, independent review of the incident. We are committed to transparency and will provide further information once we have allowed both the criminal trial and the administrative investigations to run their course.”

Below is video evidence of what it’s like to face police harassment on a daily basis. Prior to being stopped by Osterman, Harrell had created zero victims. He was merely walking down the street, in the land of the free, and targeted for revenue collection, harassment, and subsequent kidnapping — all of this for ‘public safety.’

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.

  • Cam Alft

    so why did this corrupt POS cop even touch the guy in the first place….he didn’t do a thing wrong..illegally arrested this guy,cops are criminals,all of them…

    • More than one side

      He started reaching in his pockets. That’s when the cop grabbed his arm.
      We also don’t know exactly what happened before the video started. He says the cop asked “Do you have a problem” but based on how quickly CH escalated the situation, he probably was staring down the cop, which would be suspicious.

      • Cam Alft

        correct…and again,why did the cop even touch him,that corrupt POS cop had no legal right to touch this guy in any manor…not one,……a jay walking offense is not an arrestible offense,…again,why did this criminal lay a hand on this guy….why would this criminal lay a hand on this guy unless it was with the intent to arrest him……this cop committed a felony assault on this guy…therfore,the cop is the only criminal here,all cops are corrupt and work for a corrupt system……

      • Cam Alft

        and as to your moronic reply of….he was starring down a cop……..so by what your brain tells you,if you look at a cop,they have the right to arrest you,you sir/mame are an idiot and i m guessing you still think cops walk on water……..you live in a world of idiocy………..cops are criminals with a badge…corrupt cops,all of them,every last one.

  • Michael Oliver

    3.5 ounces? 3.5 FUCKING ounces? That’s intent to distribute. We could empty America’s jails if we could get more people to obey the law.

    • Anthony Quatroni

      Let me guess. . . you ate paint chips when you were a child?

    • Jonathan Mckeever

      So he had a plant. Big woopty fucking doo-da.

  • Fred Beloit

    So a black man goes trolling for a cop. He deliberately commits a minor infraction and goes batsnit crazy when the cop approaches him in order to record the cop trying to do his duty.

    What to think of this? Some Black men hate the Police and will do anything they can to discredit the police.

    But here is a solution to this problem from Chris Rock:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0mtxXEGE8

  • PINAC

    This young African American child was turning his life around after 50+ arrests for things like Aggravated Robbery, Illegal Firearm Posession, Massive Amounts of drug arrests. Then the Po-Lees decided to harass him one day while he was on the street giving away puppies to blind children. OH LAWD NO!!!!! LAAWWWWDD!

    He DINDU NUFFIN!!!

  • Joey Pinter

    i really don’t think this is a “black guy” thing, i think it’s only a prick cop thing. on doubt their are racist cops (and people) but the sooner we get past the black and white thing the sooner we ALL get to challenge this shit.

  • Mzu

    I think this is just crazy!! He may have had a past w criminal activity but that does not give that cop the right to do what he did. They is no justifiable reason, there was no reasonable suspicion, and no probable cause. This is simply a cop abusing his authority and, violating this man’s amendments. He should hve (if not) appealed his arrest and charges.

  • Blaspherion

    JUST 1 YEAR (2011) OF HIS EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL RECORD..

    MULTIPLE ASSAULTS, TRESPASSING, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ETC.
    WHAT A SWEET ANGEL HUH? IM SURE HE DIDN’T DO NUFFINS!

    011/CRB/13735 11/9/2011 2903-13 – ASSAULT M1 $5,000.00 ASSAULT M1 $0.00
    011/CRB/13736 11/9/2011 2909-06 – CRIM DAMAGING OR ENDANGRNGM2M1 $5,000.00 CRIM DAMAGING OR ENDANGRNGM2M1 $0.00
    011/CRB/24536 11/9/2011 2911-21 – CRIMINAL TRESPASS M4 Own Recognizance $0.00 CRIMINAL TRESPASS M4 $0.00 OR BOND 10-17-11
    011/CRB/26163A 3/9/2011 2919-25 – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Own Recognizance $0.00 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE $0.00 OR BOND 10-17-11
    011/CRB/26163B 3//9/2011 2903-13 – ASSAULT M1 10% $1,000.00 ASSAULT M1 $0.00
    011/TRD/53258 11/7/2011 4510-21 – FAILURE TO REINSTATE LICENSE Own Recognizance $0.00 FAILURE TO REINSTATE LICENSE $0.00 TS / OR BOND 10-26-11

    JUST ANOTHER PATHETIC LOTTERY ATTEMPT, GET THE COPS TO START QUESTIONING HIM BY DOING SOMETHING STUPID BEFORE HE STARTS FILMING, THEN chimp out and cuss at the Cop and GET A BUNCH OF WHITE GUILT FOOLS TO FEEL SORRY FOR HIM. Im sure a Go Fund Me site will be made by white guilt liberal idiots. Suckers.

  • ryan miller

    BLACKS CREATED THE POLICE STATE LOL, HE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL HES NOT ONE OF THOSE OREGON RANCHERS PROVIDING HIS FOOD!

  • ryan miller

    Are you saying that Pigs dont do this white people ?? lol

  • scottwalkerwatch

    Clearly there is something wrong when a person can be arrested for walking down the street. So he had weed on him. War On Drugs FAIL in clear living color. Meanwhile, there was probably a white guy in a Beamer with his bag giggling watching the arrest… Legalize it.

  • Mike Hoffman

    Keep your chin up Charles! You did nothing wrong. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

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