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.