Judge Dismisses Lawsuit By Trump Protester Shot In Crotch With Pepperball

Sandy Malone

Josh Cobin's lawsuit claimed he was further injured when Phoenix police shared memes of the incident on social media.

Phoenix, AZ – A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Phoenix and several police officers filed by rioter who was shot in the crotch with a pepperball while he was protesting at a rally supporting President Donald Trump.

KPHO captured the Aug. 22, 2017 altercation between Joshua "Pepperballs" Cobin and officers outside of the Phoenix Convention Center, where President Donald Trump was holding a rally.

Cobin, who was wearing a gas mask during the incident, ran in front of police lines and refused to disperse when ordered to do so, The Arizona Republic reported.

“My thought process is that that was not unlawful assembly, and that I had every right to be there,” he told KPHO the day after the rally.

According to court documents, Cobin ran over to a tear gas canister and attempted to kick it at police. He ultimately picked the canister up, and threw it at officers, The Arizona Republic reported.

Cobin then hurled a second canister, and later admitted to KPHO that he sustained second-degree burns from the canisters’ hot metal.

“That tear gas was in the way of myself and other peacefully assembled protesters being there,” he said. “I don’t equate kicking or putting back tear gas canisters as attacking police.”

The video showed Cobin kicking another gas canister at the officers, who responded by firing a less-lethal round at the man, hitting him hear his groin.

Then a man in a Colin Kaepernick jersey ran in, and helped Cobin out of the roadway.

“It missed everything important, so it was just a couple inches too high,” he later told KPHO. “It was just more of a shock and, you know, your body going into the turtle defense mode kinda thing...”

The GoDaddy sales and support representative was arrested at his workplace two days after the rally on three felony counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and one misdemeanor charge of unlawful assembly.

He has since pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor count, after prosecutors agreed to drop the felony offenses.

“Yes, I overstepped the line I would say, hence my plea there,” he told KPHO, before he placed blame on officers for their strong response.

“The police, as well as people on the other side, tried to paint me as a terrorist or an ANTIFA member, which I am not,” he told KPHO.

Cobin noted that he was shot in the back with another "pepperball" round that night.

His lawsuit said that in addition to the injuries he sustained from the pepperball, he suffered serious public humiliation after he found mocking memes of the incident being shared on social media by Phoenix police officers, KPHO reported.

"And then to see officers posting about it and mocking me was even worse," Cobin complained. "Found three current officers who had posted in the aftermath of the event about me. Honestly, that really was the final straw."

On Wednesday, the judge dismissed Cobin’s lawsuit because there was no "factual allegation in the complaint," KPHO reported.

The judge said that in order to pursue a lawsuit Cobin need more than “an unadorned the-defendant-unlawfully-harmed-me accusation.”

Comments (68)
flybynight
flybynight

So that's why his voice is at such a high pitch now. Maybe he can do cartoon voice overs as a new career instead of street punk. 🙄

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justhefactsmaam
justhefactsmaam

HAHAHAHA, sorry but groin, meet karma.

The mocking was well deserved. I hope he did that to impress a girl or something... Seems kind of dumb to taunt, and attack a group of people that are far better armed and far better trained. LOL

ikaika
ikaika

I like the name "Pepperballs." I think our next dog or cat will get that name.

Sgt167
Sgt167

Sounds like he liked getting hit the first time so much that he came back and got hit in the back a second time later that day. What a moron

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

You're lucky. I'd have smashed your skull.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

No ghetto lottery check for pepper balls

WVCpl.
WVCpl.

Lmao pepperballs is the perfect alias 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

People planning to participate in peaceful assemblies don't bring gas masks, and don't hurl teargas at officers.

JBoH
JBoH

“My thought process..."

That was your first problem.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Worth seeing again

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Thanks for that. I was just going to look for it.

If anyone needs an animated avatar, it night be a good one...

cops-kid
cops-kid

Dropped him like a hot rock ...

JohDia22
JohDia22

OMG I’M DYING HERE 😂🤣😂🤣😂!!!! I missed this story when it first came out so thank you for the laugh!!!!

Pack
Pack

Definitely wasn’t “shock”, he took a direct pepperball hit to his pepper sized balls.

Chevelle70
Chevelle70

Outstanding!

I_Stand_With_Police
I_Stand_With_Police

Look at those mental defects back their asses up. Guess all it takes to disperse a group is shoot one of them in the nuts then the others drop like flies. Think its called Osmosis.

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

Wow, just watch his amazing landing. 🤣🙃🤣🙃😜🤪😛

Mbonfan
Mbonfan

That's some funny sh*t

MamaD79
MamaD79

HILARIOUS!!!

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Peppered meatballs? I'll pass on this one.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

and all of you copsuckers wonder why people don't like cops!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@LEO0301 As I drink my coffee this morning, I thank you for the repeat of this video “Balls v Balls”, where balls obviously lost because he was too soft on the issues.

Clay W
Clay W

"A rubber bullet"?? What the hell video was that chick watching?? Did she go to college to be a professional journalist? And if so....was it one of those, hair collages?

Stanracer
Stanracer

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣That was funny. This ass when down like a sack of shot.👍👍👍

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

P#ssy Arse P.O.S. A direct him would have turned him into a legal antifa whore. Make extra money at their clubhouse face down.

RobGman
RobGman

Everyone is a bad ass until they get pepper balled in the nads. Nice shot!

OldVet
OldVet

Poor snowflake. Great shot!

Rickenbackerfan
Rickenbackerfan

Most gratifying video I’ve seen in a while.

magnumforc
magnumforc

"My thought process" is that you don't have the balls to do this again...dumb ass

ScoutLeduxStarr
ScoutLeduxStarr

That'll make your GoDaddy want to go somewhere else

Raymelson
Raymelson

These dam snow flakes are slow learning good job officer

BroncoJordy
BroncoJordy

He has..had balls

MSK
MSK

“I don’t always attend anti-Trump rallies, but when I do, I should wear a cup”. Dickhead!

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

Now his story is just too funny. Reminds me of a parent I renamed deadeye, we had a naked guy, high on crack who was fighting and spitting. My partner tasered the naked guy, and one of the prongs got the perp in the head of his penis. The prick shit and pissed all over himself, and became instantly very respectful of everyone around him.
The same night he got a guy n the scrotum who ran out of a house in his boxers after trying to sexually assault a small girl. Justice comes in many ways.

I_Stand_With_Police
I_Stand_With_Police

@flybynight Thank you very much good sir!

FlaUSA
FlaUSA

A dick head got shot in the balls with pepper balls. Classic

PFCPyle
PFCPyle

I can just imagine the ribbing pepperballs gets at work. Lol

unclebubby
unclebubby

Stupid people doing stupid stuff

Jim DeMarsh
Jim DeMarsh

Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Fire!!!

Liam Burns
Liam Burns

I love a story with a happy ending.


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