Andrew Henderson Meets with Minn. Chief Over Previous Police Intimidation For Filming

Andrew Henderson Police ReportRecently, Ademo posted about an interaction Andrew Henderson, a CopBlocker from the St. Paul area in Minnesota, had with a police officer who had tried to intimidate him because he was filming near a police station. This happened shortly after the St. Paul Police Department held a seat belt enforcement campaign that was really just a thinly veiled opportunity for revenue generation.

Knowing that many police themselves don’t wear seat belts when driving, Andrew decided to go down to a location near the police station and film to see how many he could find disregarding the rule that they had just placed such a heavy emphasis on for regular citizens. Not surprisingly, he had no problem whatsoever spotting officers hypocritically ignoring the seat belt law.

Not long after, an employee of the St. Paul Police Department, Officer Alba-Reyes, drove up to where Henderson was filming. During the interaction between Alba-Reyes and Andrew (which can be viewed in its entirety in the video below), the officer misstates several laws, including that he has a right to detain Henderson for filming and that the public sidewalk is actually private property. He then threatens to arrest him “if he continues trespassing on private property.”

About a month later, Andrew had a meeting with St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith concerning this incident and the behavior of that officer. This included several inconsistencies and omissions within the official police report that was filed by Alba-Reyes. However, it apparently didn’t include an update on the St. Paul Police Department’s investigation into whether public sidewalks are in fact public or private property. (Make sure you check out Andrew’s YouTube channel for lots of great informative videos.)

During my meeting with Chief Tom Smith, I expressed my concerns on my encounter with officer Armando Alba-Reyes while…

Posted by Andrew J Henderson on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Below is Andrews summary of that meeting via a Facebook post:

During my meeting with Chief Tom Smith, I expressed my concerns on my encounter with officer Armando Alba-Reyes while recording police officers from a public sidewalk.

  • Officer Alba-Reyes stated in his report that I was using a “bypod”, which I was not. I do not own or have ever used a bipod. The pictures he took would have proved this.
  • Officer Alba-Reyes seemed to believe that I do not have access to the Saint Paul Police policy manual, though it is publicly available at:
  • Once I was threatened with arrest if I did not leave, I immediately walked to my vehicle and drove home, and did not continue to film vehicles as officer Alba-Reyes stated in his report, the video can be found here:
  • Officer Alba-Reyes never turned in the pictures he took of me to the Saint Paul Police Department data vault as he is required to under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13, and did not include them in this report.
  • There was a dashcam in the police vehicle as indicated in the report, but officer Alba-Reyes either did not turn it on or decided to not upload the content to the Saint Paul Police Department data vault.

The encounter can be viewed here: (Also embedded below – editor)

Chief Smith understood my concerns, but could not give me answers as to why Officer Alba-Reyes report was not entirely factual or what happened to the photos he took of me.

I encouraged Chief Smith to adopt a policy regarding citizens filming law enforcement officers as recommended by the Department of Justice (…/spl/documents/Sharp_ltr_5-14-12.pdf), in addition to submitting a couple of policies to him and his staff from other agencies such as the District of Columbia Police Department ( and the Department of Homeland Security (…/2…/06/DHS-FPS-Bulletin-HQ-IB-012-2010.pdf), as well as case law about citizens First Amendment right to document law enforcement personnel engaged in their public duties (, and to better train officers on engagement with those who chronicle police occurrences.

I hope Chief Smith will take this opportunity to transition and advance with this paradigm shift in policing.

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  1. JC July 16, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    More whining. You tried filming an officer and you got caught.

    • vegas jack July 16, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

      More squealing from you.

      • Rusty Shakelford July 17, 2015 at 5:10 am #

        It’s pretty much assumed JC is the homosexual boyfriend of a cop. By his little girl ways, we can assume he is the wife.

    • Yankeefan July 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

      So what, slappy!

      • JC July 17, 2015 at 12:05 am #

        More bullshit lies and fraud.

        • Yankeefan July 17, 2015 at 12:12 am #

          Then go file another report you dumb bitch. Parole agent? You are to stupid to be a travel agent. Go on slappy. Show us that stellar wit by cussing everyone out.

        • Rusty Shakelford July 17, 2015 at 5:09 am #

          Yep. That’s about all you have…BS and fraud.

    • Pw4x3r July 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

      Got caught? What the hell does that even mean; getting caught following a law? Can you please elaborate? In that regard, you have also been caught. Numerous times. And you also whine a hell of a lot more.

      • JC July 17, 2015 at 12:05 am #

        You are being reported.

        • Rusty Shakelford July 17, 2015 at 5:08 am #

          You are not even a good troll, just a real ignorant one who
          Has run out of witty retorts.

        • Pw4x3r July 17, 2015 at 8:09 am #

          Will there be a camera?

        • Pw4x3r July 17, 2015 at 8:10 am #

          I caught you again.

    • Shawn July 16, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

      It isn’t a crime, fucker. That is the point. A cop violated the law and gave illegal orders. Cops just don’t like accountability. They are terrified of people with cameras, because so many are getting their crimes and bad attitudes outed by cameras.

      • JC July 17, 2015 at 12:04 am #

        Fucker it’s a crime to piss off a police officer.

        • Domiscus July 17, 2015 at 3:37 am #

          Such a troll

        • Chris Rickard July 17, 2015 at 4:29 am #

          You’re not doing so well with this trolling thing anymore (Though you weren’t doing a great job to begin with)

          • micksavage July 17, 2015 at 11:42 am #

            JC, the incredibly shrinking jizzsucker troll.

        • Rusty Shakelford July 17, 2015 at 5:07 am #

          JC is a long time troll.

    • CopApologistsSuck July 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

      Nice try it’s not a illegal to film police dumbass

      • JC July 17, 2015 at 12:03 am #

        It’s illegal to film an officer without his permission. Learn the laws before you commit to stupid.

        • Brendan Jones July 17, 2015 at 5:25 am #

          You are a stupid motherfucker!

          • Brendan Jones July 17, 2015 at 5:25 am #


        • chadehrnriter July 17, 2015 at 5:48 am #

          It is not….it is open to all recording of cops on duty…now go fuck yourself

        • cp July 17, 2015 at 8:38 am #


        • DeadPigGoodPig July 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

          You must have to work at being this stupid. That’s okay, gasoline will burn you either way.

  2. vegas jack July 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Alba-reyes is a corrupt, lying piece of shit. Caught on camera for all to see. JC will be sucking his dick any minute now.

  3. Hypocritical Idiots July 16, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

    Considering all the precious hero cops that die a year because they didn’t have a seatbelt on you would think they would be a little more diligent with keeping each other safe so they can go home to junior and wifey-poo at the end of shift.

    maybe if we retrofitted all cop cars with gun shaped seatbelts they would spend all day clicking those little things….

    • Chris July 17, 2015 at 4:57 am #

      Dude I almost dropped my iPad laughing so hard after “wifey poo”. Fuck yeah!

  4. Pw4x3r July 16, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    Corrupt police. Corrupt chief of police. Any superior of any employee of any job position in this country should be up the ass of an employee who is caught failing and lying about multiple rules. CORRUPT MOTHER FUCKERS!

  5. steve618 July 16, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    Most cops who die in the line of duty, die as a result of traffic accidents. Yes, they exempt themselves from seat belt laws, but not the laws of physics, which care little for their badges, uniforms, or inflated egos.

    • Dana Lo July 17, 2015 at 7:27 am #

      i say let em drive faster , .

      • ISIS is a hoax July 17, 2015 at 8:59 am #

        unfortunately, they take out innocent children with their reckless behavior.

  6. JC July 17, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    First off, police or exempt from wearing their seat belts. Second, this is just another butt-hurt copblocker who thinks he knows the law better than everyone else. He was very wrong.

  7. QuantumVirus July 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    Does anyone know how I can get a copy of my local law enforcement policies. Dekalb county GA.

    • QuantumVirus July 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

      I really want them bad.

      • Jason Newstedt July 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

        Contact the chief of police to obtain any copy of policies. Dekalb County Georgia’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer is Cedric L. Alexander, and his office number is (770) 724-7670. His job is to serve you on all police matters.

  8. Hater July 17, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    The more I look at that screenshot of Andrew the more I realize I’ve lived my life the wrong way. I should never have strived to live a clean life that puts me in the 200 pond range. Instead I should’ve eaten as much junk food as possible to maintain a sweet pencil neck and overall pastey look like Mr Andrew. And man, that little patch of chin hair! WOW! Along with his balding hairline, shaved it to hide it, that guy has it going on. I bet he’s a real lady killer too. Man, I’ve done everything wrong. I need to give away all my stuff but my camera and start filming cops out on the streets. I gotta get me some black friends just to show how progressive I am. Such regrets…

  9. Michael Lafond July 17, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

    Love how you fucks support this military deserter. He’s a whinny little bitch who needs to eat something more than plants. See his mamma didn’t let him breast feed and that is why he has grown into this pansy waste of flesh.

  10. DeadPigGoodPig July 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    officer Armando Alba-Reyes should be set on fire. while he is working buddies watch him burn, he should be slowly pulled apart. The only good pig is a dead pig that has been pulled apart using dull sticks.

  11. john mcginnis August 1, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    This is an excellent written encounter and post follow up. More submitters ought to take note.

  12. Denise Davis August 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    if that was private property, the city needs to bill them for maintenance and the plowing of the sidewalk, the cops around here NEVER wear seatbelts and their reasoning is they don’t have to, as they are required to be able to exit their vehicles as fast as they’re able. bs of course


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