Those of us that live in Northern KY are well acquainted with the annual fireworks at River Fest. I loath the event that brings thousands of drunken fools to Bellevue and Newport for one day. It's a drunken mess and a very difficult day for our local law enforcement. This year was no different. We had a guy come to town armed with a camera and bad attitude baiting cops.
I have OCd in front of all Bellevue LEOs and have always been treated with respect and professionalism. I have also OCd in front of numerous Newport LEOs with no problem. On the day in question a guy from another community came to town with two holsters and one gun; it appears he was alternating between CC and OC to bait the police and citizens into MWAG calls. He posted small portions of his video to youtube which paint our local LE in a less than favorable light. Police knew that he was acting in a confrontational manner with citizens and more than likely the eating establishment. Newport police who are right next to Bellevue are on a different dispatch channel were the first to encounter him. When the baiter got to Bellevue the police were aware he was alternating between CC and OC by MWAG calls. In Kentucky there is no duty to inform by statute but there is a duty to produce your permit if asked. During the encounter the baiter was asked if he had a permit he quoted the 4th and 5th amendments. However, since he had been acting and carrying erratically he was bound by statute to produce pedigree information as well as his permit. Upon investigation police did find a second concealed holster which affirmed their right to detain him and secure his weapon. At the time of their investigation The BPD had no Idea he was stopped by NPD.
I don't like that a new officer and overall good guy got baited by an attention seeking jerk. One good thing that will come from this is our officers will be getting personal mounted cameras of their own to shut down these baiters.
I will look upon these baiting videos with a bit more scrutiny in the future as they seem to only post the parts that suit them.