WATCH: Cop Attacks 61yo Man for Singing a Beach Boys Song—Taxpayers to Be Held Liable
For singing on a sidewalk, as onlookers cheered him on, a 61-year-old man is now suing after being violently attacked by a police officer.
By Matt Agorist - August 23, 2017
Allentown, PA — Jim Osche likes to go out into public and sing as a means of relieving stress. However, Osche’s stress relief was met with police brutality and is now the subject of an excessive force lawsuit brought against an Allentown police officer who attacked him for singing.
According to Osche, he made a deal with police about singing in the Center City streets two years ago. According to Osche, he had a meeting with then-Capt. Glen Dorney about where and when he could sing. “He said, ‘We’ve gotten some complaints about your singing, it’s kind of loud,’” Ochse testified. “He said, ‘Why don’t we make a pact? You can sing any time after five o’clock.’” At 7 p.m., on August 14, 2015, Osche was doing exactly that.
However, that street singing would come to an abrupt and brutal end when officer Robert Busch responding to Osche’s performance. The entire interaction was captured on video and speaks for itself. “For some reason, they view my client as a ’60s hippie and they can’t stand his singing, so they beat him up to the extent that he still can’t walk right to this day,” Richard Orloski, Ochse’s attorney said.
Ochse is the first person to admit that not everyone loves his singing. However, the force that he was met with on that August afternoon was no just response to bad singing.
That night, as Osche walked down the sidewalk in front of Shula’s Steakhouse in downtown Allentown, the restaurant guests seemed to be pleasantly receptive as Osche serenaded his friend who bartended there. Many of them pulled out their phones to record this cheerful man giving his rendition of Beach Boys, Barbara Ann.
After wrapping up his song, however, Osche was met with police violence instead of applause.
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