Are the Huber Heights Police Trying to Intimidate the #MAC Crew?

Friday afternoon while Ademo and I were out in Huber Heights, Ohio we came across a traffic stop in progress at a gas station. Two Huber Heights officers were interacting with a man in a dark SUV. One of the officers present was Sgt. Kissee, who wasn’t too keen on answering my questions but did asked if “he was being detained?” – I was mildly amused by this. I’ve been filming police for almost three years and this is the first time an officer has asked me that. I ignored the question and requested to search his vehicle and for him to identify himself. He refused both requests and drove off. We then caught him running the tags on Ademo’s car across the street but he left just as we were crossing the street to inquire.

Later in the day it came over the scanner that the police were needed for an altercation at a bar just down the street. We headed that way and found Sgt. Kissee there too. He called me “partner” and proceeded to tell me that there were weapons involved in the stop and nothing more. I wasn’t sure how to take his statement and found it slightly comical. We hung around for a while but ultimately decided to continue CopBlocking.

We drove around listening to the scanner but there wasn’t too much going on in Huber Heights that night. After a while with no action we decided to head back to our friend’s house and end our night of CopBlocking.

When we arrived it was impossible not to notice the black and white police cruiser parked across the street. It was sitting on private property in a spot that belonged to a leaseholder. We approached and realized it was once again our favorite sergeant of Huber Heights – Kissee. Ademo inquired about his presence on private property without a warrant and Kissee said he was doing paperwork.

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After a brief back and forth Ademo then asked Sgt. Kissee, “Are you a good cop?, we’ve been trying to interview good cops.” Sgt. Kissee just rolled up the window. I decided to approach from the passenger side in an attempt to inquire myself. Sgt. Kissee wasn’t too inclined to answer my questions but I was persistent. Eventually he answered my question about his status as a good cop with “I just try to do a good job”.

Before I could ask if trying to a good job was the measure of a “good cop” he rolled the window up on me as well.

Ademo tried introducing himself in an attempt to exchange information and ascertain the Sgt’s  identity. A moment later the officer shined his mounted light into Ademo’s face and asked “Is there something I can help you with?” When Ademo inquires about the light, Kissee responds “I want to know who I’m talking to.” When Ademo explains he is with and films the police, Kissee responds “I have no problem with that.” Yet, clearly he did.

Shortly after Sgt. Kissee leaves the driveway. He made a left turn and, since there’s only one entrance/exit to the block, we knew he was going to be staying around. We found the Sgt. parked in a dead end but when we approached he quickly drove off. We followed him from spot to spot until he left the area.

After he was gone, we took a quick drive to make sure and confirmed that he had left the area.

Do you think it was coincidence that after a day of CopBlocking in Huber Heights Sgt. Kissee was parked in the spot of our last Huber Heights CopBlock or was he innocently doing paperwork?

Is is appropriate for public officials to refuse to identify themselves regardless of any ordinance that may allow them to refuse?

Is this a new form of intimidation and harassment or are the Huber Heights police just trying to play games with us?

Remember every interaction with police is a potential hostage situation. Having a recording device can be the difference between life and death. At the very least it can keep you safe from intimidation often used by law enforcement who would seek to intimidate you. While other times it can allow you to flip the intimidation back on them. Like we did because I’m sure this officer would have enjoyed harassing us a little bit longer, it would have been more difficult to do on video.



Brian Sumner

is an Activist, Journalist and Photographer from the Fresno area who has taken a special interest in the "Police State". He facilitates a watchdog group called the Fresno Liberty Movement, advocates filming the police and alternatives to state controlled protection services. He also served in the U.S Army from Oct. 08' thru Mar. 12' with a tour in Iraq in 2010. Most recently he participated in the CopBlock Network's #MACtour Check out more of my writing at: The Fresno People's Media & Follow me on Social media: Facebook YouTube