61-Year-Old Man Violently Attacked by Police and Arrested For Singing Beach Boys Song

Allentown, PA — A 61-year-old Pennsylvania man, Jim Osche, likes to go out into public and sing as a means of relieving stress. On Friday, however, Osche’s stress relief would be met with police brutality.


As Osche walked down the sidewalk in front of Shula’s Steakhouse in downtown Allentown, the restaurant guests seemed to be pleasantly receptive. Many of them pulled out their phones to record him singing the Beach Boys' Barbara Ann. 

After wrapping up his song, though, Osche was met with police violence instead of applause.

Osche seemed to be agitated by the police presence and looked to have heated words with the officer. However, at no time did Osche touch or otherwise warrant the violent action that followed.

After he turned to walk away, the officer, who has yet to be named by the department, grabbed Osche and threw the man to the ground, causing him to scream in agony.

According to Luisa Ranis Soos, who posted the video to Facebook, the guards claimed that Osche touched the officer. However, according to the video, this was entirely false.

Though Osche was arrested and held in a jail cell for over an hour, police did not inform him of any charges, only saying, according to Osche, that he would be “cited by mail.” This is likely due to the fact that he hadn’t broken any laws.

According to mcall.com,

(Osche) said he is going to engage a civil rights attorney and request meetings with the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office and police department brass.

“These guys need to be prosecuted,” he said of the security guards — who did not touch Ochse but stood watching — and the officer. “They have to be held accountable for the actions.”

Below is yet another video of why police in America are getting such a bad rap. Until it stops, the animosity will continue.

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