Morro Bay police chief gets in physical scuffle with YouTuber


During a dispute on Tuesday between Morro Bay police and a YouTuber who films officers, Police Chief Greg Allen and another officer physically took the cameraman to the ground after he refused to provide identification, video shows. Footage of the incident, as well as follow-up videos involving verbal tussles between YouTubers and Morro Bay police, have received thousands of views this week.

YouTuber “Nasty Nathanial” alleges Allen and the other officer violently threw him to the ground. The cameraman was then handcuffed and placed in a police car for about an hour before being let go without any charges, he said.

“I was not just detained. I was physically assaulted by the chief of police, Gregory Allen. I was thrown to the ground and, yeah. I was in a lot of pain. They put me in a police car for an hour or more in handcuffs that were on very tight,” Nasty Nathanial said in YouTube video. “I’ve never had an incident quite as extreme as this where I was physically assaulted by anyone, let alone members of law enforcement.”

The Morro Bay Police Department has since released a statement saying the videographer was detained for the purpose of determining he was not a threat to police or the community and “to verify his actions were not terrorist-related.”

Nasty Nathanial is a self-described “First Amendment Auditor,” who in recent months, has filmed numerous police and government employees in Southern California and on the Central Coast.

According to Morro Bay police, at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nasty Nathanial was recording video footage while standing at the entrance to the police department parking lot dressed in all black military-style clothing with tucked in military boots. At that point, Allen was entering the parking lot, and he stopped to ask Nasty Nathanial what he was doing. Nasty Nathanial said he was filming police vehicles entering and exiting the lot, according to the police department.

Allen then learned from other officers that, moments prior, Nasty Nathanial had been recording video in the police department lobby. Shortly later, Allen and the other officer approached Nasty Nathanial, who had move to outside the front entrance to the police station.

Video shows the other officer stating Nasty Nathanial had committed a misdemeanor and violated the penal code while filming inside the police lobby. Meanwhile, Allen said his main concern was that Nasty Nathanial had been filming the back of the police station and that created officer safety concerns. Allen also said that in a lot of towns people do not have the best intentions for officers.

After both officers demanded Nasty Nathanial’s identification and the videographer did not comply, Allen lunged toward the camera and Nasty Nathanial then went to the ground, video shows.

“Chief Allen had an immediate concern for the safety of police employees based on his personal knowledge of past attacks of police stations,” the police department said in its statement. “An investigation into his identity and actions revealed he posed no public safety threat, and he was a self-proclaimed photo journalist and “First Amendment Auditor.” He was then no longer detained. The entire incident during Chief Allen’s participation in the detention occurred over a 45-60-minute period.”

The following day, Nasty Nathanial was joined in Morro Bay by fellow YouTuber “johnny five o.” The two videographers filmed additional footage of the police department.

In a YouTube video of his own, johnny five o claimed that, while detaining Nasty Nathanial, Morro Bay police called the SLO County District Attorney’s Office, which instructed them to let the videographer go because no crime had occurred.

Another video shows johnny five o calling the police department and speaking with Allen. The police chief hangs up after johnny five o briefly questions him about the incident and refuses to provide any identification other than “good citizen.”

Johnny five o then called back and said to Allen, “Listen bitch, you work for me. You don’t need to know who I am.”

The YouTuber warned Allen and the police department that they would receive 1,000 calls in protest of the incident with Nasty Nathanial. At least one other YouTuber followed suit and called the police department.

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7 Comments about “Morro Bay police chief gets in physical scuffle with YouTuber”

  1. slojustice says:

    I am recognizing a trend of our government employees having a them versus us mentality. With law abiding citizens being the servants.

  2. sweethome says:

    Well Heil Hitler Chief! When in doubt, become violent. Typical conservatives pro-life family values crowd. Start a war! Beat someone up! Bullies with Badges!

  3. perk o late says:

    Reminds me of the disabled guy in the wheelchair who filed lawsuits against dozens of local businesses because the toilet paper holders were too high, etc.
    When the intent is to look for a fight until you find one, you will eventually find one.

    1. Boldguy says:

      That was my first take also, but your analogy doesn’t hold up, don’t see any background of this guy suing anybody. Seems they’re more about publicity and becoming YouTube sensations.
      Let’s face the facts, the Police Chief had the right to be concerned and to detain this Nasty Nathaniel guy, but you have to admit he handled himself rather poorly. Other Police Departments in the area have checked out this video in preparation of this happening to their departments. Sad to say, this is now a training video of how not to handle a situation like this.
      Sir I will need to detain you until your identity is known, you have a choice in the matter, rather than a patrolman acting like Barney Fife and stating that he broke some sort of law, just not sure what it is:(
      You would think a Police Chief would have the training to defuse the situation not escalate it!
      One thing I taught my children, other peoples behavior shouldn’t control your own behavior, just because somebody’s a jerk, doesn’t give you the right to act like a jerk:(

  4. Boldguy says:

    Two Wrongs still make a wrong!!!
    They were both wrong in there actions, harassing a police station, assaulting a citizen just because he was acting like a jerk.
    Morro Bay just fired their Chief Building Inspector for assaulting a Contractor, bet the Police Chief gets a free pass for the same type of behavior!!!

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