Illegal Traffic Stop of Animal Rights Activists by Malheur County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Deputies

The video above and description within this post were shared with the CopBlock Network anonymously, via the Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: May 19, 2013
Department Involved: Malheur County Sheriff’s Office
Officers Involved: Deputies Brian Belnap and Brian Beck

In 2012, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), an Illinois-based animal protection organization, video-documented cruel acts of “horse tripping” (where rodeo riders rope horses around their legs, which brings them crashing to the ground) at the Big Loop Rodeo in Jordan Valley, Oregon. The video of this animal abuse went viral, with more than 200,000 views, and it sparked a movement in the Oregon legislature to ban horse tripping.

On May 18, 2013, when SHARK went to this year’s Big Loop Rodeo, the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department, which has financial and personal ties to the rodeo, violently arrested a SHARK investigator whose only crime was videotaping a cruel event that many Oregon lawmakers were trying to ban (the law subsequently passed and will take effect January 1, 2014).

Due to this abuse of power, SHARK President Steve Hindi immediately flew from Illinois to Oregon to attend the rodeo the next day. Though he was legally at the rodeo and was not violating any of the rodeo rules, Hindi was asked to leave by the Sheriff’s deputies. Hindi left of his own free will. As Hindi drove away from the rodeo, he saw that he was being followed by two Malheur County Sheriff’s vehicles. Ten miles away from the rodeo location, Sheriff’s Deputies Brian Belnap and Brian Beck, without any legal reason, performed a traffic stop and held Hindi before declaring that he was “permanently trespassed” from the Jordan Valley Rodeo and that he would be arrested if he ever returned.

This entire incident from Hindi’s perspective was filmed and can be seen here:

Knowing that there must be more to this story, SHARK, using Oregon’s open records law, received the camera recordings from the Sheriff’s deputies dash board camera and a body camera. What we saw was shocking; the deputies admitted:

• That they didn’t want to pull Hindi over.

• That all this had happened because of the [Jordan Valley] Rodeo Board.

• You can also watch as they plot a reason, after stopping Hindi, to justify their illegal action. They then acknowledge that they will probably be sued for what they had done to him.

• At the end you will also hear one yell “Dammit! I was still recording!” Meaning that they knew what they had just said was evidence of their wrongdoing.

You can see the most recent video here:
Corrupt Cops Caught by Their Own Cruiser Camera!!!

These two police camera videos are also online unedited and available at the following links:

Malheur Bodycam:

Malheur County Dash Cam:

(Please note that the audio for the first 30 seconds of the Dash Cam video appear to have been erased. We can only assume that, as that directly preceded the deputies stopping Hindi, that it contained damaging evidence).

“The Sheriff’s deputies openly spoke about their misconduct because they simply forgot they were being recorded,” states Hindi. “First they stalked me by following me for 10 miles after I left the rodeo, then they held me without cause while conspiring to plot a reason for the illegal stop. Finally they threatened me with arrest if I ever returned to the rodeo. Police are given extraordinary powers and when they abuse that power, and act like armed security for a private business, as the Malheur County officers did for the Big Loop Rodeo, they must be held accountable.”

SHARK is filing an official complaint against the Malheur County Sheriff’s department with both the Oregon Attorney General and the United States Justice Department. We are calling for all the officers involved with these incidents be immediately suspended.


Stu Chaifetz

SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness)
PO Box 28 • Geneva, IL 60134 • 630-557-0176

Aug. 28, 2013

Steve Hindi 630 640 1889
Stuart Chaifetz 856 428 2635

Follow-up on viral video of illegal police stop:
Group releases more evidence of police corruption

On August 12, 2013, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) uploaded a YouTube video exposing an illegal traffic stop of SHARK President Steve Hindi by sheriff’s deputies in Malheur County, Oregon. Using footage from the deputies own dashboard and body cameras, SHARK exposed that the deputies not only had no legal reason to stop Hindi, but they feared they were going to be sued for their illegal activity.

SHARK’s video went viral, receiving more than 635,000 views on LiveLeak and YouTube. You can watch that video here:

This issue became a major news story. According to news sources, the Sheriff of Malheur County was forced to ask the FBI to investigate. The FBI, however, has not contacted Mr. Hindi.

In order to make sure the FBI has all the evidence, SHARK is publicly releasing new evidence of illegal acts and wrongdoing committed by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department.

• The first of the new evidence deals with extreme abuse of power by a Malheur County sheriff’s deputy named Robert Wroten, who is also a member of the Jordan Valley Rodeo Board. On the first day of 2013 Big Loop Rodeo, Wroten (who did not identify himself as a deputy) confronted and interrogated a SHARK investigator, demanded to see his personal identification, and wrote down all that private information. The next day, Wroten, along with Sergeant Richard Harriman, again confronted the investigator.

“During the second encounter, Wroten revealed that he had run the investigator’s information, which was absolutely illegal,” states Hindi. “Wroten bullied to obtain personal information. He then used his position as a police officer to illegally run that information to benefit the rodeo. That is corruption and an absolute abuse of authority.”

You can watch Wroten, in his own words, admit that he ran the investigator’s ID in this video:

•The second major new evidence SHARK is releasing is that the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department shared private information from the illegal traffic stop with rodeo people.

On May 21, 2013, a rodeo supporter and photographer named Mary Williams Hyde posted the following on her Facebook page:

“The google research i did beforehand helped ME recognize Steve Hindi the SHARK guy when he showed up at Jordan Valley.”

“He was sure mad when he got thrown out. Wasn’t actually sure it was him though, because he refused to give his name. But they got the id l when highway patrol stopped him later. rental car was insured by SHARK.”

On August 15, she posted the following:

” I know all about what happened to him [Hindi] as I was the one who ID’d him in the first place at JV.”

Ms. Hyde’s words are damning for two reasons: First, she states that she identified Hindi by name and face, second, that she knew that Hindi had a rental car and that it was insured by SHARK.

“The excuse from everyone from the deputies to Sheriff Wolfe himself has been that they stopped me because they didn’t know who I was,” states Hindi, “Ms. Hyde, however, admitted that she told them exactly who I was. Even so, that pales to her shocking revelation about knowing who insured my vehicle. The only way she could have known that is if that information worked its way from the sheriff’s department through the rodeo board, and then to her. The sheriff’s department shared private information obtained from an illegal traffic stop. One can only guess how many rodeo people now have that formerly private information.”

Watch the video explaining this here:

SHARK has also released a video that shows how one deputy, later revealed to be Brian Beck, appears to have deliberately removed his name tag before talking to Hindi at the traffic stop, then retrieving it from the ground afterward. Beck refused to identify himself during the traffic stop. That video can be found here:

“The evidence shows that members of the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department, including command level officers, committed numerous illegal acts,” states Hindi. “Since the FBI has not come to us, which they should have, we are presenting this publicly so that this issue does not get buried and ignored. Police are given enormous power over the public. When they violate their oath, they must be punished.”

It is important to note the incestuous relationship that exists between the Jordan Valley Rodeo Board, which runs the Big Loop Rodeo, and the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department, which uses the rodeo as a fundraiser for itself. In 2012, SHARK exposed cruel horse tripping at the Big Loop Rodeo. That video was so powerful that it lead to the law being changed in Oregon to ban the deliberate tripping of horses. In retaliation for that, at the 2013 Big Loop Rodeo, the Sheriff’s department acted as private security for the rodeo and took severe action to intimidate and remove anyone associated with SHARK.

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  1. Jason Free 123 August 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    More fucking bullshit by activists. The only thing that needs to be suspened is that fucking idiot steve hindi. These fucking PETA pussies jsut need to go and fucking kill themselves. Rodeos have been around for a long time and they will continue to be around for a long time. No one wants to hurt the animals because they are making money. Stupid fuckers like that Hindi got what he fucking asked for. Funny how these stupid fuckers erased the audio. Just bullshit stories by the worst kind of activists. Animal activists. They are the fucking one’s who hurt animals more then anyone else. Except for steve and annonypussieyancuntfan who like to rape sheep.

  2. certain August 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Slaps, you are truly a piece of work. I’m starting to think you’re a shill, acting all psycho to make cops look even worse than they already do. Nobody can be as stupid as your goat-raping ass acts.

  3. Jason Free 123 August 13, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    certain – You are the goat raper. Remember, youtube put you and your lazy eyed dad’s video up where you were tag team goat raping. The farmer was real pissed because the condoms you were using kept falling off into the goats because of your little prick. You stated you like to fuck the little goats otherwise known as “kids”. That’s how you go into trouble at the municipal zoo. You got children confused with kids. Now that you gave the goats herpes, the farmer doesn’t want you to pick the scabs off. We all know you like to pick the scabs off of your dad. He has that lazy eye because you continually jizz in it. You are one fucking goat raping freak. That makes you a real piece of work you faggot goat fucker .

  4. steve August 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    fuck you jason free

  5. Alvin August 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Believe or disbeleive whatever you may from this story, but to someone like me this horrifies me to a level that is unbelievable.

    On the one hand we have an animal rights group (which I disagree with, yet support their right of speech to protest the sport of rodeo). On the other we have a private for profit entity that is using it’s influence on the law enforcement community to corrupt it into doing it’s bidding.

    Think about it folks, it matters not who the greater threat to our republic is, they BOTH are equally corrosive in my way of thinking.

  6. milwaukeecitizenpress August 14, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    Welcome to the “Brady List” gentlemen.

  7. certain August 14, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    Nope, slaps is the one, the only, goat raper extraordinaire. Any goat raping I or my lazy-eyed father do pales in comparison.

    And come up with your own insults, slaps. Using other peoples material just makes you look more clownish than you do by your very nature.

  8. Casual Observer August 14, 2013 at 1:07 am #

    Just one more reason to avoid the cesspool of humanity in Southeastern Oregon, more commonly known as Jordan Valley.

  9. YankeeFan August 14, 2013 at 1:31 am #


    He isn’t a shill. He is a text book troll. His SOP is the same. Be thr first to respond. Then, when someone responds to him give a half and half answer then, eventually, direct the topic to him sitting there and spewing his usual lines all in an attempt to get someone hooked. Like Steve for example. Copblock had him pegged his first couple of days and if they had any kind of pure moderation process, he would have been gonzo the first couple of days he was commenting with his stupidity.

    I think he is a comical piece of shit. Siting at his computer trying to conjure the most foul mouthed crap in order to troll is pathetic.

  10. BJ August 14, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Further proof that cops a professional liars.

  11. Jason Free 123 August 14, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    steve- You continue to say the samething. You obviously have a mental block. THe next time you go fishing, pack your mom in ice. Or at least parts of her. She will stay fresher that way.

    certain – Holy shit you admit you and your lazy eyed father fuck goats. I knew the farmer you and your dad were harassing wasn’t lying. You need some real therapy you stupid fucker. P.S. stop posting your goat fucking on you tube. The wrold has seen how sick and fucked up you two are. More videos garner the same reaction. Maybe you should take annonypussyyancuntfan and his dad with you. That way he can giver the farmer’s sheep a break since they all have herpes. You guys are fucking weird and then some. Freaks

  12. steve August 14, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    It only goes to show ya what conspiring bullshit they will come up with to get through a day. This will come back on them in court.

  13. Jason Free 123 August 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Those stupid fuckers at SHARK are just as bad as the tupid fucking activists on cunt block. There are a bunch of videos on you tube showing how stupid they get around animals. I’m suprised certain and yancuntfan are in their sights for fucking sheep and goats with their dads. There film of that all over you tube. I’m sure they will find it and you can go rub titti’s with each other while fucking the farm animals.

  14. PSOSGT August 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    I always like how people will post link after link to video’s….and refer to reports…but can’t post a report online

  15. Casual Observer August 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    I always like how bootlicking statists will criticize people who post damaging report of police brutality and corruption… and then… criticize people who only post links of police brutality and corruption.

  16. Casual Observer August 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm #


  17. steve August 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm #


  18. Jason Free 123 August 15, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Hey you stupid fucker steve – These people go out into the woods to stop hunting. They protest to stop hunting. Did you say you were a big fisherman and hunter. You were always asking me to go with you but I told you I like women. Now you can find one of these stupid fuckers and play your Keebler elf in the woods molester. They more than likely won’t fight you on it. Isn’t that better then draging your mother with?

  19. certain August 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Bestiality is illegal, slaps

  20. Jason Free 123 August 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    certain – Yes, bestiality is illegal so, why do you continue to do it? You are constantly jizzing your dad’s eyes and now you are jizzing the sheeps eyes. You are one very sick piece of shit.

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