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Video: Neb. Cop Yells Profanities at Citizen

June 26, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Neb. Cop's Heated Warning

A video of a Sidney (Neb.) Police officer yelling profanities at a citizen near a crime scene has gone viral on YouTube.

The video of the incident between Officer Scott Tobler and Stephen Bell has collected tens of thousands of views on the social media site. The video begins as Bell and his wife sit in their vehicle across from a lumber store. The officer approached the vehicle and asks Bell for his license, registration, and insurance. Bell asks why he is being stopped and tells the officer he's recording the encounter. Officer Tobler responds that he's also recording.

The officer repeatedly tells Bell to stop following him to crime scenes and Bell responds that he doesn't have to answer any questions without a lawyer present. The officer then tells Bell he may be arrested for obstruction of justice.

The officer then tosses Bell's papers back into the car and yells at him, "Stop following us around. That's your last warning." The officer also turns to the camera and yells expletives at Bell.

At that point, Officer Tobler's partner steps in to defuse the situation. The agency has declined to comment on the incident other than to say it's under investigation, reports the Sun-Telegraph.

Tags: Vehicle Stops, Professional Image, Verbal Communication


Comments (11)

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Troop @ 6/27/2013 2:54 AM

Wow he swore at someone. Big deal.

Lenny @ 6/27/2013 9:18 PM

"Wow he swore at someone. Big deal."
Troop; glad to see you upholding that "higher standard" we endlessly hear about.

Slug @ 6/28/2013 1:13 AM

@Lenny im sure you never raised your voice or cussed at anyone ever in your career buddy...please spare us the righteous speech

rob @ 6/28/2013 6:32 AM

It is unsettling when you know anti gov/ police continue to follow officers to calls. With the recent spike in police ambushes allowing these cop blockers (anarchists) on scenes is a bad idea. Seems the tension got to the officer. Loosing ones cool will happen but if its not a common occurrence then learn and mive on.

Jonas @ 6/28/2013 9:57 AM

Why is this punk following the police around 1. with a scanner 2. going to crime scenes? That officer didn't know they're intentions they should just go home.

olemisscop @ 6/28/2013 10:05 AM

Obviously a cop baiter. As soon as he got what he wanted on camera he was all too happy to leave and stop being a nuisance.

Trigger @ 6/28/2013 12:58 PM

Yes I have yelled at citizens however a little thought into what you are doing goes a long ways.

REW @ 6/28/2013 1:07 PM

SOmeone needs to post a video of a person ambushing a cop; whether it is verbal or physical to show what can happen if we do not watch our surroundings when conduucting investigations. When someone follows the police and/or tries to induce a confrontation so they can join the world of cop haters, they are causing the Police to be wary. LA just had 2 police officers shot while eating lunch in their vehicle. You are damned if you do, dead if you don't. People who put themselves in this man and woman's posiiton need to expect to be questioned. IT IS Officer Safety! We just can not allow ourselves to yell and swear. I may have lost my cool also but this is a good reminder. We need a few good viseos to back ourselves up when we do end up arresting one of these people for obstructing. We have to watch our back more so now with so many officers getting ambushed. Who wouldn't be on edge and susecptible to losing their temper.

REW @ 6/28/2013 1:12 PM

Maybe we already have this but it is time Law enforcement had a site where all the police can go retrieve archives of videos, court cases, and other information that would help defend Officers in events like this. I would think a video of the Ambushed Officers in the past would go a long ways to defend an officer in a situation such as this. Any ideas for those who know how to start websites. "POLICE DEFENSE" comes to mind. Links to Force Science would be a great start.. It could be a data base we could access for anything related to a situation that could occur and it couold help expplain our mindset during the "Incident in Question".

Rafael @ 12/31/2013 2:18 PM

So we can watch them and follow them around if they seem suspicious, but can't handle them doing the same to us? They have the right to be suspicious of us as well. By the comments, it seems that the golden age has come and gone in this country. Even law enforcement has lost the ethic of professionalism.

Clay @ 4/15/2014 2:26 AM

All the people defending this man (police) are wrong. There are rules in place, if you don't have the nuggets to uphold them then resign instead of throwing temper tantrums. This era of 'police are always right with absolute authority' is clashing rapidly with angsty rebellion. Is it any worse that police 'go fishing' on weekends to meet their ticket quota? No, not in my opinion. These cop baiters are at least keeping civil SERVANTS honest.

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