VIDEO: Police Get Death Threats After Arrest Posted on YouTube

A man who had eight warrants issued on him since May 17 claimed on YouTube police harassed him. Police received death threats so they gave their version.

Man Arrested Had Eight Warrants Issued Against Him Since May

West St. Paul, Minnesota – The West St. Paul Police Department says it is getting death threats after arresting a man who has had eight warrants issued on him since May 17 and refused to identify himself (video below.)

The man recorded his arrest June 7 and posted it on YouTube. He said in the video that he was illegally detained and harassed by police for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk.

West St. Paul police said that wasn’t the full story and responded with a lengthy response with the details of the case.

The police said their officers were at a community event with many young children and saw a man riding a bike on the apartment complex grounds, watching the children with no apparent purpose.

One of the officers believed that he knew the man on the bike, that he didn’t live in the apartment complex, and that he had been convicted for crimes of violence.

Police later said the man had two restraining orders out against him from two separate people and an active arrest warrant.

One of the officers made contact with the man on the bike and asked for his identity so that he could confirm his active warrants.

After refusing to provide his information after numerous requests, the man was arrested for obstructing the legal process.

Once the arrest was made, the officer confirmed the man’s identity. The active warrant was not yet available on the computer database. The man was released at the scene and later charged with obstructing the legal process and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the video of the arrest was posted by Devin Jerry Riley who goes by “Cosmic Hustle.”

“This officer came and harassed me for no reason,” the man says in the video. “I do not need an ID to be on the sidewalk on a sunny day. I did nothing wrong. I suspect this is an assault. I don’t know why I am being detained.”

He then shows off his lack of knowledge about police by claiming that the officer is required to show three forms of identification.

The video shows a defiant Devin Riley refusing to identify himself. At one point in the video, Riley is heard yelling for help and asking bystanders to call 9-1-1.

Other videos uploaded by “Cosmic Hustle” include one titled “f*** the police” that was uploaded a year ago.

The newspaper reported that Riley is scheduled to appear July 13 in Dakota County District Court on the charges.

Watch the video here:

  • Outlaw

    I love it when civs think they know the law better than the officer! Muahaha

    • Matt Martineau

      On _OCCASION_ they do. (But, didn’t appear to be the case this time)
      My question is… where I live, driving a bike on the sidewalk is.. not so legal… (Ontario, Canada)…
      What about in the US?

      • TLaw Divad

        I believe most areas in the US a bicycle is considered a vehicle and therefore not legal to be operated on a sidewalk unless posted otherwise. And I believe also, that police are allowed to ask for ID from any person in a public place. That is one reason why it is required to carry ID at all times while out.

  • Richard Gould

    Yes i have no Id and yes i am an ahole.

  • Itsthewater

    This is exactly what causes so many to get shot. Just do what the officer tells you to do and be done with it! So simple….

  • Bob Trower

    The police take way too much verbal stupidity.

  • Ray_Sears

    Some people are just born stupid !

    • jennifer

      …and one wonders why officers lose their cool some days.
      look at the assholes they have to deal with…
      So tired of these thugs thinking they are above the law.

  • RobSterling

    This guy is a sovereign citizen (“Am I being detained?”) who doesn’t recognize the authority of the government or law enforcement. They are considered to be a domestic terrorist group. God Bless any LEO who has to deal with these BEMs (booger eating morons).

    • Matt Martineau

      Heh, I believe Mike The Cop (on facebook) has a good explanation of the whole “sovereign citizen” and “free citizen” thing.. Outdated laws, and, only partial phrases used by these guys, as they see fit.. The whole lie was debunked. And, nicely, too.

  • Laura Anderson

    My daughter is law enforcement and I’m starting to think as a community we need to really watch out for our law enforcement officers. They need us to support them and watch out for them and follow the law. Most important is to teach to do the same.

  • Peekin-In

    Why is it that the nut cases always feel justified screaming for their rights when they violate other peoples?

    • Matt Martineau

      Cause, they’ll have THEIR cause championed, they play the victim well.
      They do so by quoting PARTS of a law, but, not the whole law. Whatever suits them at the time.
      The whole “liberal” (bowel) movement and entitlement society we’re in promotes this behaviour.

  • Katrina

    Obviously trying to push the officer into further confrontation with hopes of having his charges thrown out. These low lives are a pox on society!

  • Jonas Blane ll

    He’s walking down the street with his bicycle just like Freddy Gray. He’s being much more disrespectful and non compliant to cops than Freddy Gray was. However, he doesn’t turn up with his spine severed in a police van. He will have his day in court.


  • Vic

    ask one time for the id and he did not comply then body slam him and put him under arrest.

  • Roger Culver

    It is illegal here to ride a bike on a sidewalk. It’s why they call it a sidewalk. I have written many tickets for this

  • Jim Moritz

    talk about a professional police officer and a belligerent idiot.