Sidney Police Apologize to Man Officer Yelled Profanities At (VIDEO)

Posted 10 months ago

By Scott Carlson

sidney-police(AP) — Sidney police have apologized to a man who was yelled at by a profanity-spewing officer while the man was videotaping the officer at a Sidney crime scene.

Acting Chief Joseph Aikens declined to comment on the June 21 incident beyond what was contained in a news release. Aikens says Officer Scott Tobler had acted improperly and had been punished for it.

The incident was taped by Stephen Bell and his wife and was placed on YouTube. It had been viewed more than 33,700 times as of Friday morning.

Bell says he’s been harassed by police since an allegation of child abuse against him was dropped in January 2012. He’s acknowledged following police officers and videotaping their actions.

 

See the video here:

*WARNING SOME ADULT LANGUAGE*


  • Kris Pearson

    Bell is the one who should apologize. He was being beyond childish and ridiculous!

    Current score: 13
    • hmph

      Pig lover eh?

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  • big bad

    there is more to this story than you know .. bell needs to be the one apologizing .. he should of been cuffed and taken to jail. and hmph ur an idiot.. usually the ones calling the police pigs are the low life idiots that have been arrested by them..

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    • hmph

      Never :) I’m pretty successful in my life. Just have no patience for abuse of power.

      Current score: 5
  • hmm

    Let the cop do his job… I couldn’t even watch the whole thing because I was too annoyed by bell.

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    • Something needs done

      Agree..that guy is a dumb and should be minding his own business…

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  • lame

    Great find post! Makes you wonder what how he talks to people when there isn’t a camera around.

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  • Ty

    Flex your rights! While this was over the top slightly and respect for the uniform is very important. I understand where this driver (Bell) was going with this. You as a citizen have certain rights, for instance the right to travel freely. This is what needs to happen more. People need to Stand up for their rights before they are gone. The Police state is allready in full swing.For those who still say there is no police state. Than what do you call the 3,700 MRAP vehicles purchased by various deptartments and DHS? What is a true weapon of war the (MRAP) doing on American streets? Why have our police turned from Andy Grifith Sheriff of Mayberry to GI Joe?

    Its not quite that bad here in Nebraska yet. But folks its comming, like a sppeding Locomotive without brakes.

    respect the law but when something is wrong speak up and GET INVOLVED! before we wake up one day and our grandchildren ask us what America was like when we WERE free.

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    • bob

      The simple answer to why our cops have changed and are more “militaristic” (I take that’s what you mean) is because in the Andy Griffith era the gang bangers were not carrying ak47′s! Different day today with a real threat to not only our law enforcement but us!

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      • Ty

        Sure there were! Clyde used a friggin Browning auto rifle for cryin out loud.

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        • Ty

          Baby face nelson and John Dillinger used the automatic Thompson submachine guns and 1911 model semi auto handguns. I could make examples all day like this. Yet the average street “peace officer” carried a .38 or .357 6 shot revolver. And it worked for the most part for a very long time.

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          • bob

            For the most part????? The police were gunned down in large numbers back then because they didn’t have the means to defend themselves and protect the innocent. Yeah that worked real well for them.

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    • Ty

      “Those who would trade essential liberty for security deserve neither Liberty nor security”
      Benjamin Franklin

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  • bob

    That guy is following police from call to call interfering with what the citizens pay them to do. He has a scanner mounted in his vehicle just to harass them by circling the scenes they are called to. Personally if I called the police for assistance I would want their undivided attention during the incident and theysshouldn’t have to worry about some idiot with a chip on his shoulder trolling for a lawsuit. This wasn’t the first time he had done this. While I agree the officer could have acted better that jackass should have been arrested. The pig lover comment shows your ignorance in general no matter how successful you think you are as that has nothing to do with this issue. It wasn’t an issue of abuse of authority but rather a human pushed to far. What would you do if someone came to your “successful” job and followed you around constantly harassing you? Would you hold back and act professional? No …. probably call the police to report the harassment. That idiot needs to apologize to the citizens of Sidney and then get a life!

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    • Ty

      There is no law against simply observing police actions.Now if he would have gotten out of his vehicle and physically interveined in police business than yes that would be harrasment. In my profession i have customers observe what i do at any given time of day. It builds a trust between the customer and the person performing the job.Id expect officers to hold themselves to the same level of professionalism as I do.

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      • bob

        Do you have people ambush you in your job and kill you simply because of the uniform you wear? Google that crap! See how many law enforcement officers are killed every year in ambushes by crazy people like this idiot. He may not be to that level yet but he is headed down that road. Comparing what you do for a living and what this officer does is not even close. Remember these people that choose to put that uniform on are our neighbors and they have families they want to go home to every night and the possibility of them not making it home to see theirs is a very real threat. Do you have to be worried every second that when you walk out the door that may be the last time you will see your loved ones. I doubt it. As far as the federal government buying military vehicles for use on our city streets I am sure this Sidney police officer is the one who put that order in. Save your conspiracy theories for an article that covers that topic!

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        • Ty

          Keeping officers safe is one thing. But pushing their safety to the point the average citizens rights are violated is quite another. Your accusations of me and how you dismiss the Police State is exactly what is wrong with this society. Sheeple! lol Goodday.

          Current score: 4
          • bob

            The only accusation I made to you was saying that you needed to see things from both sides and maybe if you understood the challenges our local law enforcement you would realize a few things about them: 1) they are human beings just like you and me ( I am sure you have never lost your cool over something less significant than your own safety) 2) they don’t want your rights infringed (all the ones I know can recite our amendments and would lay down their lives protecting those rights). Now I agree that there is some shady crap going on in Washington that we need to watch for but my point is this Sidney officer has nothing to do with that. Good day posse comattatis (In case you are wondering that is no complement!)

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        • SERIOUSLY?!

          I agree with you, bob, on one point…
          these people “choose” to put on that uniform. That’s about all I agree with.
          I would expect an officer to remain professional at all times. If he’s going to throw a baby fit, maybe he’s in the wrong line of work. After all, he’s carrying a loaded weapon and totally losing his cool.
          I’ve done inbound telemarketing work. I’ve been called every name in the book. If I’d talked to a customer like that on the phone, no matter the circumstances, I’d have lost my job.

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          • bob

            Have your telemarketing “customers” tryed to kill you often? Doubt it! I don’t think the officer was right as he should remain calm and control the situation including his emotions but as I said he is human and people can have errors in judgement. Personally I think he should have simply arrested bell for obstruction. He obviously is interfering with an investigation and due to his past history I bet the Sidney police handle it differently in the future. I do have to laugh that you would compare telemarketing to police work! Quite the parallel!!

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          • Something needs done

            Telemarketing is not comparable to Police work…but I do agree one should maintain professionalism even dealing w/the least intelligent.

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  • Wow!

    This story is similar to other ones I have seen on YouTube. Bottom line, the officer lost his
    Cool and should have never approached the vehicle seeings
    As the man broke no laws. I hold our police officers
    To a higher professional standard than what I just witnessed and I’ve also seen people arrested for a lot less. I hope this cop loses his job for his unprofessional acts and is also charged for throwing papers at this citizen.

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    • ignorance

      You are ignorant if you think this Bell had not been pushing for this to happen for some time. I live here while you I can guess do not. If you only knew the whole story you wouldn’t be calling for the job of a man who was pushed to his limit by a whack job!

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  • Wrong

    This guy was absolutely wrong on all his points of law anyway…saying the officer had no right to ask for his license and registration although he “committed no crime” is completely wrong…a suspicious vehicle circling a crime scene is more than enough cause to ask for someone’s identification and to speak with him. He actually asked if he was “being detained?!” hahahahahaha….dude, you’re sitting in your car. This Bell guy is a complete moron and loser who is nothing more than an uneducated wannabe lawyer…any human would get tired of his crap, regardless of in a uniform or not….that being said, yes the officer should not get to the levels of profanity. He was in the wrong and needed to apologize….but don’t kid ourselves, this Bell character is a loser and needs to grow up and set a real example for his kids….if they haven’t been taken away again.

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    • Ty

      By law to be stopped and be required to show ID you must be suspected of or in the act of commiting a crime. Last I knew driving by was not a crime no matter how strange it may be. By law if the officer is Not charging you with a crime he cannot detain you. If you ask” am I being detained “and the officer says no. Then you ask” am I free to go?” If he says no than he has to be charging you to continue on with the investigation.But he has to make the statement “you are being detained” or “you are being charged with” You are Not required to respond to any officer questioning. If he is Detaining and charging aka the Arrest , you have the right to request your Miranda rights be read and followed as per your wish. It’s your right to have Miranda no matter how guilty or innocent.

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      • bob

        Continuing to circle a active crime scene and then parking suspiciously around the corner from an officer conducting the investigation would be more than enough reasonable suspicion to contact the driver and identity them. I also think it warrants detaining that person until they explain their actions as they may be involved in the crime, planning an ambush or simply mapping police response for future criminal activities. Since they had a history with this puke for the same activities they were absolutely within the law to detain Bell. You keep up the truck stop lawyering though posse!

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        • Ty

          Well what you think and what the law actually states are probably two different things. Maybe in Bobs world opinions and accusations make legal basis for unwarranted and unconstitutional interrogation. Meanwhile in the real world our American( Constitutional Republic) officers are duty bound to honor their oath to the Constitution and the rule of law. Meaning also respecting the 4th 5th and 6th amendment rights of the citizens weather guilty or not. (Innocent till proven guilty in a court of law) as they say.

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          • bob

            Maybe you should look at what the law says prior to leaving for your compound and quit acting like you know what you are talking about. Minimize the posse blog window and go to the Nebraska Legislature webpage and search what constitutes obstruction.

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          • Ty

            Statute 43-4312
            Obstruction Defined..

            “Obstruction means hindering an investigation, preventing an investigation from progressing, stopping or delaying the progress of an investigation, or making the progress of an investigation difficult or slow.”

            He did none of the above by simply driving around the scene. A citizen has the RIGHT to observe public officials

            Current score: 5
  • Wow!

    You are correct ignorant, I don’t live there, but, had I been the police officer to treat someone like that my job would be lost. When he took the job as a police officer he knew the rules, and he broke them. I don’t know this “bell” guy and even if I did your point is irrelevant. The police officer lost his cool, and acted irrationally.

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    • bob

      Are you sure he broke any rules? I don’t know the Sidney police policy but if you do please let us know.

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  • oh no…..

    Both parties involved are idiots.

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    • Something needs done

      Nice, totally agree. Nothing else to do in a small town, I guess.

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  • Something needs done

    This guy is dumb!!!!Asking to be harrassed is how I see the situation…I’d yell at this dumba$$ as well!

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  • Russ L Simpson

    Bell is deffinately a strange one to follow police officers, as I myself usually try to stay as far away as possible. With that said, he DIDN’T do anything wrong and as unfortunate as it is, it is not yet a crime to be “ignorant, an idiot, a smart ass, a jackass, dumb, ect.” (or I know LOTS of people that would currently be in jail). If Bell is THAT big of a deal, the officers should have already been aware of this man and IGNORE him – you know, kinda like your mother told you to do with your annoying little brother, sister, or bully in school.

    *A police officers job is dangerous however its not like everyone driving around has a gun and is out “looking for cop blood”. Thankfully here in Nebraska, most gun carrying citizens are the LAW ABIDING KIND, the hard working family man that likes to know he still has all his rights that were supposedly ‘unalienable’.

    **A gas station attendant has potentially the most dangerous job, as usually they are deffenseless with little to no combat/self defense training and are the most places robbed at gunpoint. If a station worker yelled that exact same set of adjectives at ANY customer, very likely the gas station employee would loose his job. The difference is that citizens lives dont depend on his ability to do his job nearly perfectly.

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    • bob

      So dangerous people go into convenience stores but will never be contacted by our local law enforcement? How do they get to the store? How do they get away? Who will be called when they commit the crime? Keep that head buried in the sand if you don’t think there is danger lurking around every corner and that our law enforcement is the first line of defense. I get it though, the sheep don’t like the sheep dog until the wolf trys to kill them. In that moment they love the sheep dog but by the next day the sheep have forgotten the danger and hate that dog again. Truly sad that a humans thought process can be explained in that simply but it’s proven on this page.

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      • Ty

        The second this officer lost his cool and his professionalism went out the window he ceased to be a sheepdog and became a wolf . This comming from a civilian sheepdog myself. I love my brother sheepdogs in blue but this not a good example of a sheepdog civilian or police.

        Current score: 1
  • Marc

    It appears to me that Mr. Bell’s objective in this whole scenario is to aggravate and belittle the police officer. It appears that he has been following them, has a scanner so he hears the radio traffic and this is all legal. However, put yourself in the police officers position. It just seems that Mr. Bell is way over the line in this video.

    Current score: 1