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Kansas City Police Revoke Man’s Security Officer License in Retaliation for Recording Them (Updated)

A day after filing a complaint against Kansas City police for violating his right to record, Robel Bekele received a call from his boss informing him that the police department had revoked his license to work as a private security officer.

The 23-year-old father says the apparent act of retaliation by the Missouri police agency is making it difficult for him to provide for his family, eliminating between 20 to 30 hours of work per week.

It all started Tuesday, June 16, when Bekele went to the Circuit Court of Missouri to pay a speeding ticket.

As you can see in the video below, Bekele decided he wasn’t going to make it easy for the government to collect his money, paying $75 of his $133.50 citation in rolled-up pennies, another $58 in one dollar bills and the remaining 50 cents with two quarters.

“This city makes revenue off innocent people when there’s no victim,” Bekele explained.

Bekele brought two phones with him to document what he was doing, using one phone to shoot video and a second phone to take pictures.

At some point, Heather Weidenhammer, the Revenue Manager for the court, saw Bekele taking photos and ordered him to stop, saying he didn’t have permission, evidently not realizing he was also shooting video.

Bekele said he didn’t need permission and it wasn’t long before three Kansas City police officers entered the building. The officers approached Bekele and one of them grabbed Bekele’s phones away from him and stopped the recording.

According to Bekele, the police officer who took his phone said he wasn’t being detained or arrested, but that he would not be given his phones back until he finished with his business and was ready to leave.

Later that day, Bekele went to the police station and spoke with Sergeant James Vaca about making a complaint against the officer who interfered with his right to record and was given a complaint form.

Bekele asked if his lawyer should fill out the form and Vaca responded that if he was planning a lawsuit against the police department, they would not investigate his complaint until the litigation was resolved, which shows how seriously the department takes allegations of criminal conduct by its officers.

The next day, Bekele returned to the courthouse, which is near a federal building as well as the Kansas City Police Department, to conduct a First Amendment audit. He walked around outside while video recording and eventually spotted the police officer who snatched his phones the previous day.

“Look who it is. Same guy from yesterday,” Bekele said.

“Stop right here for me,” the officer ordered. “We got a call on you.”

When Bekele asked, the officer admitted he hadn’t committed a crime, but still said he was being detained.

“You’re filming federal buildings. You know who films buildings? Terrorists!” the officer proclaimed.

Two more officers approached the scene at this point and the three surrounded Bekele.

One of them waved his hand directly in front of Bekele’s phone.

“Hey, I’m gonna take your picture too!” he exclaimed, then took his phone out and shoved it right in front of Bekele’s. “Why don’t you show me some ID?”

Bekele refused to provide an ID and the officers continued detaining him, telling him he needed to provide it. Finally, one of the officers said they weren’t forcing Bekele to stay and he walked away.

The next day, Bekele returned to the police department and turned in his complaint form.

The next morning, he received a call from his boss, telling him his license to work as a security guard was revoked. In Kansas City, working as a private security guard requires a license from from the local police.

Bekele later received a letter from Tamy K. Gallagher, the manager of the Kansas City Police Department’s Private Officers Licensing Unit, which explained that his license to work had been revoked because he was recording police officers and refusing to answer their questions.

The letter referenced the second incident where Bekele was detained outside the courthouse, as well as two prior incidents from May which involved a different police department.

According to the letter:

On June 17, 2015, you were approached by Kansas City, Missouri police officers regarding your suspicious activity in the area of 11 and Cherry. Mr. Bekele [sic] you were walking, filming and photographing the KCPD Headquarters Building, the Federal building, and Municipal court. When Kansas City, Missouri police officer’s [sic] conducted a pedestrian check, you were very confrontational and attempted to provoke the officers by sticking your smart phone in the officer’s [sic] faces and filming them. Mr. Bekele [sic] you also filmed a detective in his unmarked police vehicle. Mr. Bekele [sic] you refused to give your name to a law enforcement officer or answer any of their questions. We also received information from the Overland Park, Kansas police department that on May 7, 2015 and May 12, 2015 your actions were similar to what I have outlined above; you refused to provide your name to a law enforcement officer while you were recording traffic stops and an accident scene along Metcalf.

Gallagher did not accuse Bekele of breaking the law or of abusing his position as a security guard, but claimed that his license was being revoked because he had shown that he was “ineligible or unsuitable to continue to hold a license.”

The police hadn’t even talked to Bekele about his complaint or received copies of his videos before sending the letter, meaning they had made no attempt to investigate what had actually happened before revoking his license.

If they had, they would have seen that the only people being confrontational were the police officers who detained him for no reason.

“I was shocked and surprised that they would go out of their way to harass me through my job,” Bekele said. “Now I can’t work for simply exercising my rights… I have mouths to feed!”

Robel Bekele

Robel Bekele and his son.

Bekele said he is responsible for his son, his girlfriend who just moved in with him and does not currently have a job, and his girlfriend’s adopted son. Bekele said he works two jobs, one as a security guard and one as a cab driver, to provide for them.

Bekele sent a written appeal regarding the revocation of his license earlier today and has also vowed to take civil action against the police department. He said he is talking with the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, although they haven’t agreed to represent him yet.

“Police officers should know that citizens have the right to take pictures and videos from public areas. They shouldn’t have a problem with that unless they’re trying to hide something. They need to stop assuming every citizen taking pictures is a terrorist,” Bekele said.

UPDATE (7/1/2015): Bekele was fired from his job as a security guard this morning.

According to an email from his boss, Bekele was fired because of his revoked license and because of “non-compliance of advising us of law enforcement contact on more than one occasion.” The email says that Bekele’s employer coordinated its investigation “with several agencies within law enforcement.”

Bekele said his employer didn’t interview him about what happened before firing him.

“I was surprised that they terminated me without talking to me about it first, but what can you do?” Bekele said.

Bekele said he enjoys working as a security guard and is planning what he will do next.

“I want to be a police officer some day, but I want to be one of the good guys, the ones that respect peoples’ rights,” he said.

You can call the Kansas City Police Department’s 24 hour non-emergency line at this number: 816-234-5111

You can email Police Chief Darryl Forté at: kcpdchiefblog@kcpd.org.

You can email Tamy K. Gallagher at: tamy.gallagher@kcpd.org.

You can also find the Kansas City Police Department on Facebook and Twitter.

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103 Comments

  1. Liberaltarian

    June 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Those fool police seem determined to prove correct those people who believe that they’re really a bunch of thugs. Hope the ACLU steps up to the plate and sues the shit out all of them. They deserve to be put through the legal wringer.

  2. Kirkus1964

    June 30, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Cha-ching. He’s gonna get paid.

  3. GreenTriumph1

    June 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I agree. Losing employment is a tangible financial loss.

  4. Guest

    June 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This is the classic PINAC story. It has all the elements: Sarcastic protagonist (paying in pennies), courtroom filming, double recording gambit, camera theft, First Amendment audit, the “you must be a terrorist” line, illegal detention, cop playing the the “I can take a picture of you” game, arbitrary “show me some ID”, and further retaliation.

    Film those buildings if you live in Kansas. Call those numbers. And get Bekele to a lawyer ASAP so he can sue those crooked cops into the red.

  5. GreenTriumph1

    June 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Filming a Federal Building: It seems that we have gone nowhere in terms of photographic rights in the last 7 years.

  6. inquisitor

    June 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    “If you were assaulted by me, you would have been in the hospital.”
    Nice. I think that is worth forfeiture of a badge and gun…permanently.

    Sue Heather Weidenhammer.
    Sue the police department.
    Sue Tamy Gallagher.

  7. Chunk D

    June 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Well he is black so the ACLU will probably take his case.

  8. Guest

    June 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    The ACLU has defended neo-Nazis and white supremacists’ rights to free expression. Nice try, but that’s a clumsy attempt to make this about race, and you should kill yourself immediately.

  9. Fedup

    June 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    That letter, indicating that the license was being revoked for exercising Constitutionally protected activity, is a gift on a silver platter. He should be thanking his lucky stars. Ordinarily, a plaintiff would have to prove intent, which can be difficult to do. But in this case, they spelled out exactly why he was being punished. SLAM DUNK. Let’s hope this guy finds a qualified, aggressive attorney that goes after everything including the kitchen sink.

    EDITED TO ADD: Even if the city buckles and restores his license, he should still go for the throat.

  10. MrEFQ

    June 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Wow. This is insane. Email sent, I hope it helps.

  11. MrEFQ

    June 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Did you do the truffle shuffle before you came into the comments section?

  12. Fedup

    June 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Emailing this now:

    “Chief Forté,

    I am rarely moved enough by articles online to actually take the time to put my thoughts to paper. However, after watching the video of how your officers treated Robel Bekele, I felt compelled to voice my concerns.

    Since I am neither a resident of Kansas City, or even Kansas, I suspect my comments will carry little weight. Do you not realize that the incident in question reflects poorly on not just you and your department, but on ALL those in law enforcement and government services?

    Especially in light of recent events, this is the LAST thing the public needs to see – a retaliatory, vindictive agency, using it’s authority to punish a civilian for simply expressing his Constitutional rights.

    There is nothing shown in this video that would lead any reasonable citizen to believe that Mr. Bekele deserves anything other than a huge thank you for exercising his knowledge of the law. Instead, your officers who knew (or should have know) that filming in public and refusing to identify (when there is no RAS) is protected by the 1st and 5th Amendment, respectively.

    It is my hope that Mr. Bekele isn’t content with simply filing a complaint against these officers – but instead actively exposes your department’s actions through the use of aggressive and relentless litigation. In fact, I will be contacting Mr. Bekele to help contribute to his legal fund to do precisely that.

    From that standpoint, I suppose those fighting such abuse should be grateful to you. While it’s often hard to prove intent, your letter to Mr. Bekele clearly illustrates punitive retribution for his actions. Given that he has lost his ability to provide for his family because of your actions, he has a substantial claim against you, your officers, and your department.

    I sincerely hope you’re proud of how you represent your fellow brothers in blue. I, for one, am embarrassed.

    Sincerely,”

  13. Arishia

    June 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Don’t LEOs understand that this behavior is radicalizing the population? Have they learned nothing from what’s going on in other places where we have behaved like this? Hint; terrorists who see themselves as taking their country back.

  14. stk33

    June 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Not very clumsy. Though it was years ago, but when I contacted ACLU myself about illegal arrest, their first and last question was about my race.

  15. Mr. Fusion

    June 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Sure they understand. That’s why Mr. B*k*’s name is now in some fusion center’s database.

  16. Arishia

    June 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    It’s not Mr. B, it’s the behavior of LE that is causing the problem.

  17. Mr. Fusion

    June 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    America’s LEOs will be at war with the population for decades to come. They have a little bit of fear and a lot of contempt for citizens exercising their rights.

    So putting B on the list with people like Jeff Gray is the preferred “solution” to the “problem” of citizens recording in public.

    “Look who it is. Same guy from yesterday.” becomes
    “Look who it is. Database says he’s a sovereign citizen.”

  18. Guest

    June 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    They only have a limited amount of resources. They will focus on cases they can win, which may just involve race. You don’t believe they should have selection criteria? It also has local chapters so the organization is not monolithic.

  19. Good Canadian Kid

    June 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    The problem is this is human nature, people don’t like admitting that they are or were wrong. It’s a bit of pathological personality tinted with some cognitive dissonance. It brings to mind the de-motivational poster, “Beatings will continue until moral improves”. The police aren’t going to admit they were wrong until they are forced to do so. To expect anything else is to not understand human nature.
    Changes will have to come from outside the police force, from the political leaders which means the people will have to get motivated to hold the politicians accountable. The problem with that is the politicians don’t want to be held accountable and will do everything they can to avoid reform. This will get a worse, (i.e. civil unrest) before the people who can effect change, are forced to do so.

  20. non-@ttorney spokesperson

    June 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Mailing to KC as well as my locals. They don’t act any different anywhere.

    To the city of Kansas City and all of its operatives,

    Please reconsider the actions you have taken in the Robel Bekele case. They are absolutely insane and make no sense. Police officers are going to be recorded, all of the time, and it’s only going to get more and more frequent.

    Perhaps send your officers to acting classes, so they can get used to being on camera, because it is not slowing down, ever. Get used to it, and also, know that the thought that you can use an exercise of Constitutional rights as an excuse to deny someone a license or privilege… that scares the public immensely.

    Because we pay taxes, and your stupid actions are going to get you sued into compliance, at our penalty. Why not just comply before being forced to, by lawsuits, perhaps you could just blame it on the “Oath to uphold the law” thing. Otherwise, you are actually the ones supporting the “terrorists”.

    I can not help but imagine the “terrorists” are blissful reading every story like this in which a police department oversteps its authority, because they know that if they can make us hate you, they don’t even have to attack. They use you to attack us by putting us at odds with each other. Please, Kansas City, pass the message on to every other municipality as well. Stop helping the “terrorists”.

    Sincerely,

    WeThePeople

  21. Mike TheVet

    June 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Officer Rotund ass: “I didn’t assault you. If I had assaulted you, you’d be in the hospital.”

    Lol some of these officers want to fight. It’s just that simple. You just don’t say shit like that if you are a “trained professional,” as their Department Policy says.

  22. Rail Car Fan

    June 30, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    @ “Kirkus 1964″…

    Ditto…

    Rail Car Fan

  23. Rail Car Fan

    June 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    @ “Mike The Vet” stated…

    “You just don’t say shit like that if you are a ‘trained professional’, as their Department Policy says.”

    Years ago “policing” was considered a ‘profession’. More recently it can only be considered a “occupation”… in more ways than one.

    Rail Car Fan

  24. JamesRae

    June 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    That letter spelling out that no crime had been committed but they were basically getting him fired anyway will be very nice evidence for his lawsuit.

  25. corkie

    June 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    What the heck is a pedestrian check? I think the letter should read as follows…

    On June 17, 2015, you were approached by cops who didn’t like what you were doing and didn’t like the fact that you exercised your rights during the encounter. So, because the cops are all butt-hurt, we now need to abuse our authority in order to teach you not to do things that cops don’t like. If you don’t like it, then sue the taxpayers that pay our salaries.

  26. Coinspring

    June 30, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Should have thought about your kids before starting problems.

  27. FedUp

    June 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Anybody wishing to protest this, please note:
    Kansas City is in Missouri.

  28. Willie Jackson

    June 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    You probably bitch and moan about Washington, Jefferson and those who founded this nation with a Revolutionary war. The man has a right to do what he did. The cops are Asses, plain and simple.

  29. Gregg H

    June 30, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Much worse than asses. Traitors.

  30. Mike TheVet

    June 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Long time no see, RCF! Thanks for replying, Sir.

  31. Jamaal Brown

    June 30, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    We need a better system of checks and balances when it comes to policing. What we have here is a bully/cowards parading as law enforcement officers who obviously don’t have enough common sense to manage an encounter with a photojournalist on a public street.

  32. Rogue cops cost us money

    June 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I smell lawsuit.. Idiots like these just cost the taxpayers $$$$$$. As for issuing security guard license’s I think it is illegal. Police just take license’s they don’t issue them.

  33. Boko Hos

    June 30, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Slam dunk on that lawsuit.

  34. Difdi

    June 30, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Actually, we do have checks and balances — but it’s been so long since they were used that people assume they don’t exist.

    For example, police are not shielded from being arrested and any citizen can make an arrest. Much like armed self defense, police don’t have the ability to do that because they have badges, they have the ability to do that because every citizen can do that.

  35. inquisitor

    June 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    He is protecting his civil rights…perhaps civil rights and the rule of law will exist long enough for his children to enjoy them during their lifetimes.

  36. Coinspring

    June 30, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Childish temper tantrums are a civil right now? Nice. How about just pay your fine and move on like the rest of us.

  37. Coinspring

    June 30, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I like the police as much as I like crybabies and public tantrums. Dude was seeking attention, and got it. No sympathy from me. Let the police do their jobs…don’t try to be a distraction. The world is too dangerous these days for this sort of side-show nonsense.

  38. Spider

    June 30, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    It would be wrong not to.

  39. serpico

    June 30, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Mr. Bekele should thank Tamy K. Gallagher for the letter,or should I say signed confession of violating Mr. Bekele’s constitutional rights.

  40. corkie

    June 30, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Violating the rights of citizens is not a police job. Yup, guy got attention, and that’s not the only thing he’s going to get. Cha-Ching!

  41. corkie

    June 30, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    They sure are, Idiot.

  42. Coinspring

    June 30, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Hopefully you are a resident of KC. It’s your money he’s getting if so. Cha-Ching!

  43. Bob

    June 30, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Petty & Retaliation
    Oooops, sorry, I meant
    Protect & Serve

  44. Fedup

    June 30, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    “…perhaps civil rights and the rule of law will exist long enough for his children to enjoy them during their lifetimes.”

    They better grow up really FAST… The rule of law has left the building. Bankers, Wall Street traders, and hedge fund managers (i.e. Corzine) have been pissing all over the rule of law – never mind our politicians and their protectors (LEO). Hate to be cynical, but the “law” applies only to us serfs. And well, liberty and freedom? They’ve gone the way of the Confederate flag (and monuments, and history, etc)…

  45. HAZ

    June 30, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    THE POWER of knowing ur RIGHTS

  46. Film The Police Always

    June 30, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    WOW, this is too much to take. They are nothing but a uniformed crime syndicate that will lose a HUGE LAWSUIT! PLEASE SUE THESE FUCKTARDS! If I were on your jury I’d send a $$$$$$ message.

  47. n4zhg

    July 1, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Maybe she can be some bull dyke’s wife for a year or two at FCI Greenville.

  48. FabricateSomePC

    July 1, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I skimmed (I can’t stand reading much regulatory pseudo-english) the rules governing the issuance and revocation of security licences and I can’t find anywhere that it says being difficult , bothersome or obnoxious in public is cause for revocation.

    http://kcmo.gov/police/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/12/BOPCCh2PrivateSecurity17c10-2.pdf

  49. Aidan Umpherson

    July 1, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Three months ago I saw a cop speeding in a school zone. Later in the day, I saw him sitting in a empty parking lot, so I pulled up to him and confronted him for his reckless behaviour. I was driving a company car at the time. He followed me and when I went over the speed limit he pulled me over for speeding. I told him he was a piece of shit and he went to my boss to try to get me fired. When my boss wouldn’t fire me they complained to the head office and they fired me. Moral of the story, Don’t speak to police ever, even if your trying to protect your community.

    This guy has a case but up here in Canada free-speech is very limited. Recently a Ontario hydro employee lost his hundred thousand dollar a year job by saying FHRITP on t.v.

  50. tribrn

    July 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Technically there is also a Kansas City in Kansas, but this Kansas City is in Missouri.

  51. Dean

    July 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    If ACLU doesn’t take on this case, they will lose a lot of respect.

  52. corkie

    July 1, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Nope. It won’t be my money paying him. The residents will need to thank these cops for needlessly increasing the cost of policing – all because their egos were hurt.

  53. Coinspring

    July 1, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I think the police did a good job confronting an obviously unstable grown baby. He could be the next Dylan Roof after all! Lets not allow him to have a gun. Case closed. 🙂

  54. non-@ttorney spokesperson

    July 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    No, the next Dylan Roof is watching from a roof, far away, as your cops waste their time being bullies. Keep making people love cops the way you do, when one of them Dylan Roof’s lets loose next time, and all the blood is blue, let’s blame you.

  55. Coinspring

    July 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Act unhinged, expect the screws to be tightened. No cop fan here, btw…but also dont want to see bad behavior like this cop-wanna-be exhibited to be encouraged or rewarded. Just pay your fine like everyone else, and move on.

  56. Difdi

    July 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Respect people’s rights? That’s conduct unbecoming an officer!

  57. Inc.

    July 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Don’t worry dude. You just won the mother phucken LOTTERY!!!

  58. corkie

    July 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Anyone could be the next Dylan Roof. Fortunately, the courts don’t let cops confront people the way these cops did – and the they you want people confronted.

  59. Robert Meyer

    July 1, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Why is it we never get to see if or what ever happens to these degenerate cops who think a badge gives them the right to take are liberties away from us I don’t understand

  60. kringlebertfistyebuns

    July 2, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Please don’t breed. We have enough morons already.

  61. Coinspring

    July 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Loitering is illegal. He is lucky all that happened was a letter. He should have been cited.
    Let me be clear – F the police. And F a grown man acting like a baby.

    We need to be on the lookout for real problems, not distracted by people who just want to be a problem. I hope his kids learn a lesson on how not to act. At least their dad can teach them this.

  62. Coinspring

    July 3, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Exactly. The next terrorist is out there waiting and watching. Meanwhile this fool wants to distract the police. You just made my point. I think the blame is where it needs to be. At least now this fool won’t be responsible for guarding anything.

  63. corkie

    July 3, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    What he was doing doesn’t fit the definition of loitering. Loitering isn’t defined as doing something that cops don’t like. If it had been a local newscrew out there at the same place for the same period of time, then nobody would try claiming something as silly as loitering.

  64. Happy Tinfoil Cat

    July 3, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    It’s Kansas City, Missouri. (I’ve lived there)

  65. Happy Tinfoil Cat

    July 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    pedestrian check = show me your papers

  66. Coinspring

    July 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    loi·ter
    ˈloidər/
    verb

    gerund or present participle: loitering

    stand or wait around idly or without apparent purpose.

    “she saw Mary loitering near the cloakrooms”synonyms:linger, wait, skulk; More

  67. corkie

    July 3, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    It doesn’t fit the criminal definition of loitering – which is the only definition that matters. Are you just trolling?

  68. corkie

    July 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Here’s a clue for you – “without an apparent purpose” is an element that must be present in order for loitering to be criminal. Video recording is an apparent purpose. This guy clearly had a very apparent purpose – especially since it was his purpose that the cops didn’t like.

  69. corkie

    July 3, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    That phrase might seal their fate in a retaliatory prosecution lawsuit.

  70. Bob Danis

    July 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Wrote to all listed and asked how they can live with the fact that they violated their oath of office.
    Why do we only hire the dumbest bullies as police and supervisors.

  71. Coinspring

    July 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Id love to know what your opinion of his purpose was for lingering around the building, after paying his fine like a whiney child. Enlighten us all. *rolls eyes*

  72. Coinspring

    July 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Happy 4th commie,… I mean corkie.

  73. corkie

    July 4, 2015 at 1:03 am

    First Amendment Audit, Idiot.

  74. corkie

    July 4, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Does your stupid eye roll condition stem from your mental retardation?

  75. corkie

    July 4, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Thanks, but I bet I’m much more laissez faire than you are.

  76. Get Real

    July 4, 2015 at 10:20 am

    The security guard ‘license’ in Arizona was nothing more than documentation that you didn’t have felonies on your record. It granted no special consideration under the law. I wonder what the MO ‘license’ represents.

  77. non-@ttorney spokesperson

    July 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Coinspring,.. I think you just hit the copologist octofecta.

    Not saying it’s the first time (or last) that it will happen here, but, for what it’s worth, kudos.

  78. mabart

    July 8, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    He went looking for a confrontation and that’s exactly what he found. If he would have just let sleeping dogs lie he’d still have a job.

  79. Do you also fetch?

    July 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Roll over, roll over. Good dog.

  80. The Missouri Police State

    July 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    An illegal system of preventing people from employment based on government whim.

  81. Choice under scarcity

    July 9, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    ALCU is operated on donations. They have limited funds. Want to help the cause? Send them a check.

  82. Fire Corrupt Police Officers

    July 9, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    It was an arbitrary revocation for practicing free speech and basic citizen rights in our country. The police officers involved, all of them, need to be fired.

  83. The Cowardly Police

    July 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Petty retaliation by the police? Never!

  84. The Missouri Police State

    July 9, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    This is typical Missouri corruption.

  85. mabart

    July 9, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I selective choose my battles. I’m curious about the ticket that started this whole mess…was it unjust or was he just angry for getting caught?

  86. The Missouri Police State

    July 9, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    It’s less an occupation and more a pathology.

  87. Fox News

    July 9, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Look up KKK and Georgia highway. Then come back and apologize.

  88. The Missouri Police State

    July 9, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    It is like the police ignore rulings by the courts they don’t like.

    And then the taxpayer is expected to pay for their defense.

    This system has to change.

  89. Stay, stay.

    July 9, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Now familiarize yourself with the law. That’s a good girl.

  90. mabart

    July 9, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    And which law would that be Einstein?..and don’t give me that generic 1st amendment BS…what law exactly or should I just queue the crickets now?

  91. mabart

    July 9, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    What’s even more ironic is a security guard calling foul on a police officer. If there’s one group of law enforcement violating our rights worse than the police its security guards.

  92. Dean

    July 10, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Good point. ACLU is on my “bucket list” but I admit I am a non-donor. So many good causes, you gotta pick your battles. ARRL life member, GOA life member, No Agenda knight. Next up… maybe some love for ACLU. Or maybe EFF since that douchebag Comey wants to make encryption illegal… because terrorism. And then there’s A&E911 but that’s prolly a lost cause.

  93. Local Man

    July 28, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Bekel has been trolling most of the local LE agencies for months trying to get a reaction. This asshat went a bit too far with KCMOPD and they called him on it. It’s unfortunate that he’s only revealing his version of events. It’s also telling that the local media refused to air any of this. Food for thought.

  94. theotherRJH

    August 16, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Crackbadges seemed to be a real threat to the general population at this stage.

  95. na

    August 17, 2015 at 12:13 am

    How about not creating ordinances that violate their charters and by laws as a means to fleece the people so they can do what they want with our money. Maybe they should use that energy start a business and build a city for the people who want to live like them. The fact is, there are no citizens because there is no body politic, and therefore no legitimate govt. Why should I listen to them? You can defend the police all you want, but the truth is, if they werent doing the shit they are doing to people people wouldnt be pissed off and doing shit back to them. They are not above the law, and they, as people who have been given a license and gun to shoot people should be held to higher standards. You sir are short a string for your tampon.

  96. na

    August 17, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Really, and how do you know they arent the ones who provoked it? I have had the police in two different states, 1k miles apart from each other, act like thugs and criminals because they, or their freemason masters, dont like the stuff I have to say online. Because people are fed up with their crap and are organizing a peaceful resistance, as a last ditch effort to corral these twits, somehow he is in the wrong? Ive watched the cops engage in and facilite gang stalking and harrassment as well as the FBI attempt to get me to succumb to their please for an emotional response, so they can justify their hate crime laws, that which was so convienently created before the swell of illegals, and well I have refrained from engaging and reacting in their childish antics, in fact, even making them look retarded to their peers as their little games have rewarded them with nothing but expenditures. They gotta stop messing with people. Right now its cameras, tomorrow we may just be gunning all of them down. We are not like black people. When one strong does the deed, the rest watch and cheer him on, maybe protest in support, but when you get the white man killing people out of fear of being killed themselves, it wont end until whites have killed everything that moves. Keep playing and trying to get a war started here as a lame attempt to keep yourselves from having to answer for your crimes against this country and humanity in general, its not going to work, and continuing to do so just goes to show how weak you really are.

  97. d_g

    August 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    sounds like a classic de-escalation move to me!

    ohwait…..

  98. Gus Mueller

    August 19, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    My brother there is better than all those fat fuck cops put together.

  99. Gus Mueller

    August 19, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    A cop who says that should be killed.

  100. Gus Mueller

    August 19, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Coinspring, I’ve read most of your posts and you are a douche and should be killed. I sure you will sufficiently antagonize someone eventually. It won’t be me.

  101. Concerned parent in Olathe, KS

    November 17, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    i recently saw Mr. Bekele filming children and their parents entering and leaving a day care facility associated with and located next to an FAA building in Olathe, KS. He is also taking photos of license plates. He’s terrifying the parents, and his only goal appears to be to gin up a discrimination charge. This guy is not the person you are looking for as your standard bearer.

  102. Admsmith

    November 18, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I agree with the cop, “terrorists film people”. That’s creepy, thank you.

  103. Gregory Busch

    January 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Sue them for what? You’re a dumb ass the cop is just doing his job

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