|Severin Johnson outside Allentown City Hall|
When confronted about why he uses the name Freeman, Johnson responded that "for my families [sic] protection I must not answer that. There is good reason for any discrepancy in my information. I will admit to a number of aliases for my work though." He also told me that all prominent members of Cop Block use the last name Freeman to prevent them from being targeted by police.
When I asked Johnson about his criminal history, he responded with a question. "So a person can not turn their [sic] life around? did I mention I was a church leader before this? "
Like many, Johnson found Jesus in jail.
When I pressed him on the latest video that is supposed to show a pregnant woman being assaulted, Johnson responded with, "I have work to do. videos will post when they post. I am a very busy person. Thank you for your interest in copblock. I suggest you direct any further questions to our NATIONAL site Copblock.org. Have a good day. God bless."
He later added, "You wanna blog about something, how about my charity here? I have made ZERO money on this Allentown reporting." He then added he does not have the video of the pregnant woman being roughed up because the person who took it is fearful of retaliation.
While there is no doubt in my mind that there are instances in which police officers over-react and use excessive force, Johnson is in no position to cast stones.
Updated 1 PM: Johnson comes clean ... at least a little: "I just made a public statement on my page to clear things up. I also spoke with my family and decided to include my real name in my profile along with the surname "freeman" so both are listed. In retrospect I can see how people may think it was deceiving. It truly was not intended to cover anything up."