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Truck Driver Nearly Beaten to Death By Police For Not Signing Traffic Ticket
NBC Bay Area ^ | 5-19-13

Posted on 09/09/2013 5:08:03 AM PDT by rawhide

BERKELEY, CA -- A truck driver was beaten within an inch of his life by California Highway Patrol for not signing a traffic ticket that he could not read. The driver, who broke no laws, was beaten so badly that he woke up in a trauma hospital.

Olegs Kozacenko, a local resident originally from Russia, was pulled over and cited by police for allegedly driving too many hours in one day. Kozacenko refused to sign the ticket because he had not or could not read it.

CHP Officers didn't take kindly to the driver's refusal to sign. Two officers, one of them a trained fist-boxer, beat Kozacenko on the side of the highway nearly to death. He suffered a crushed left orbital eye socket, multiple facial fractures, a broken left arm, broken ribs, a concussion, loss of consciousness, and possible neurological damage. His injuries caused a deprivation of oxygen for a prolonged period of time.

Photographs taken of Kozacenko's unconscious body showed that he was in handcuff restraints. A toxicology report showed a 0.00% blood-alcohol content of the driver; perfectly clean.

"The public if they get stopped and simply comply with what they are asked to do, they have nothing to fear, nothing to fear at all," said Acting Chief Ken Hill

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1 posted on 09/09/2013 5:08:03 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Here is a link to the news article if you prefer to read the story:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Berkeley-Man-Near-Death-at-the-hands-of-CHP-206494311.html


2 posted on 09/09/2013 5:09:41 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Just wondering, how does one get a commercial license if you can’t read?


3 posted on 09/09/2013 5:09:53 AM PDT by ken5050 (According to Dick Lugar, I'm a "random outlier." Woo Hoo!!!!)
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To: rawhide
"The public if they get stopped and simply comply with what they are asked to do, they have nothing to fear, nothing to fear at all," said Acting Chief Ken Hill "

WTF? If this 'chief' said this he should go to jail as well as the arresting officers... Is this story real?

4 posted on 09/09/2013 5:10:59 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: rawhide

Don’t tell me...

The officers are on PAID leave while the matter is under investigation... Right?


5 posted on 09/09/2013 5:11:27 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: rawhide

Are you freaking kidding me? If you just comply you have nothing to fear? That smacks of police state for sure!


6 posted on 09/09/2013 5:11:31 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: rawhide

Olegs Kozacenko just won the lottery, but he may not know it yet. I’m sure lawyers are lining up to tell him the good news.


7 posted on 09/09/2013 5:11:34 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: rawhide
"The public if they get stopped and simply comply with what they are asked to do, they have nothing to fear, nothing to fear at all," said Acting Chief Ken Hill...

But if you don't it's Katy bar the door.

8 posted on 09/09/2013 5:11:40 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: Mr. K

Watch the video, you will hear him say that statement.


9 posted on 09/09/2013 5:12:57 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Fresh Wind
Olegs Kozacenko just won the lottery, but he may not know it yet. I’m sure lawyers are lining up to tell him the good news.

If he's not too brain dead to enjoy it. And who's going to pay the judgement? Isn't CA broke?

10 posted on 09/09/2013 5:13:41 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: ken5050
Just wondering, how does one get a commercial license if you can’t read?

I think it was more of a case of the truck driver not being able to make out the cop's handwriting.

11 posted on 09/09/2013 5:13:50 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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"The public if they get stopped and simply comply with what they are asked to do, they have nothing to fear, nothing to fear at all," said Acting Chief Ken Hill.

THIS IS A CHILLING COMMENT.

It sounds very..... Soviet.

12 posted on 09/09/2013 5:13:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: rawhide

OK. Which part of “Jack Booted Thug” does not apply here?


13 posted on 09/09/2013 5:14:22 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Mr. K
"The public if they get stopped and simply comply with what they are asked to do, they have nothing to fear, nothing to fear at all," said Acting Chief Ken Hill"

And the police wonder why law abiding citizens don't respect them.

14 posted on 09/09/2013 5:16:17 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: rawhide

The officer claims it was “reasonable force”!


15 posted on 09/09/2013 5:16:28 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: ken5050

I was coming back to the story to post the same thing. How would he keep his log books up too? Doesn’t excuse what happened to him though.


16 posted on 09/09/2013 5:18:36 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: rawhide

In new America, you serve and protect the police.


17 posted on 09/09/2013 5:20:19 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: rawhide

The fact that all the charges were thrown out :DUI, possession of white powder (table salt) and resisting arrest, and the pictures, pretty much say it.


18 posted on 09/09/2013 5:21:51 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: ken5050

The driver said he wanted to read the ticket before signing.
He wasn’t allowed to read it.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 5:24:54 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: joethedrummer
Actually, and scarier even, this beat-down happened two years ago, and the officers involved are STILL on duty.

From the article:

Still, nearly two years later neither the CHP nor the state Attorney General’s office will confirm whether or not the officers involved were ever disciplined for their actions, citing the law officer’s bill of rights.

Gee, that bill of rights must trump the US Constitution's amendments 1-10! I think the OFFICER'S bill of rights include Article 3, "Citizen's who show disrespect or disobey an officer are scheduled for road side beat downs. All they have to do to avoid such correction (as deemed necessary by the officer) is fully comply. If there is a question of whether the officer is wrong, refer to Article 1."

Article 1. "An officer is never wrong. If you don't agree, he will beat you to an inch of your life."

20 posted on 09/09/2013 5:25:57 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Lazamataz

Yes, it is. “Do as you’re told and you’re good...if you don’t we can kill you and get away with it. Oh, and if you think that is bad, just try to cut our pensions and see what happens.” But hey, keep blindly supporting law enforcement because it’s patriotic or something.


21 posted on 09/09/2013 5:26:24 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: rawhide
"was pulled over and cited by police for allegedly driving too many hours in one day"

How would the police know he was driving too many hours before they pulled him over, the article says he broke no laws..."The driver, who broke no laws"

22 posted on 09/09/2013 5:26:25 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: rawhide

Whatever justice is administered by the Calipornia courts on Acting Chief Ken Hill and his Gestapo thugs, it will be far less than they deserve.

As long as this lowlife remain in the U.S. Ken Hill should be treated with utter disgust... oh, wait, he’s in Calipornia; so that’s pretty much outside the U.S. now anyway.


23 posted on 09/09/2013 5:26:26 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: rawhide
Uh Oh Uh Oh

This song was from another famous CHP beating victim.

24 posted on 09/09/2013 5:27:02 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: ken5050; autumnraine; rawhide
In the NBC article that is linked in post #2, I think you'll find the answer here:

Kozancenko said he first wanted to read the ticket before signing.

I think the article summary on this thread is wrong. He could read it, but he apparently wasn't given time to read it first.

I don't sign things without reading them, either. He probably wasn't reading fast enough to suit the officer. But, there was no dashcam video to show what really happened.

As someone else has noted: all of the charges have been dropped. He should have never been ticketed in the first place: the officer misread the driver's logbook.

25 posted on 09/09/2013 5:28:25 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: sickoflibs
possession of white powder (table salt)

Isn't that a crime in New York City? Hard to believe Kalifornia is so far behind on criminalizing salt.

26 posted on 09/09/2013 5:28:58 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: ken5050

A person can have the perfect long distance vision needed for driving but can’t read a thing without reading glasses. This is my situation.


27 posted on 09/09/2013 5:29:45 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: rawhide

What was the race of the driver?

What was the race of the police?

I am speculating. I need to leave the house in a few minutes and haven’t read the article.


28 posted on 09/09/2013 5:31:46 AM PDT by wintertime
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"I don't sign things without reading them, either. He probably wasn't reading fast enough to suit the officer. But, there was no dashcam video to show what really happened."

And the radio recordings are missing due to equipment failure, conveniently. It seems that missing recordings happen all to often in disputed cases...

29 posted on 09/09/2013 5:33:33 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: wintertime

Truck driver: White
One of the police officers: White


30 posted on 09/09/2013 5:33:39 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: rawhide
In his testimony during an evidentiary hearing on a defense motion to suppress evidence gathered after the ticket was written, officer Murrill admitted that he was confused, either by the law governing the hour limits for truck drivers or by reading the truck driver’s log book. Murrill also admitted on the witness stand that he was not a trained commercial vehicle specialist and did not call to ask for a commercial vehicle specialist to help at the scene. And he admitted on the stand that the hours Murrill was reading on Kozacenko’s truck driver log book were recorded two days earlier when Kozacenko was driving through Nebraska, Iowa and Wyoming.

Incompetent bully.

31 posted on 09/09/2013 5:38:07 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: rawhide

Bttt


32 posted on 09/09/2013 5:42:59 AM PDT by digger48
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To: luvbach1
"The public if they get stopped and simply comply with what they are asked to do, they have nothing to fear, nothing to fear at all," said Acting Chief Ken Hill...

You have nothing to fear if you obey. Now just get in the boxcar.

33 posted on 09/09/2013 5:45:01 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Fresh Wind
There have been recent cases where it is the opposite.

Don't do what the police say, you deserve the beating.

A local shoplifter (not a nice person) got the crap beat out of her, and the cops got off free and clear. See, they had a reason for two men to beat a middle aged woman, she was cursing at them.

34 posted on 09/09/2013 5:47:02 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: autumnraine

Log books? If the driver is within a hundred miles of his home base he doesn’t need to fill out a log book.


35 posted on 09/09/2013 5:48:01 AM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: rawhide

But according to the CHP there is no dash cam video of the actual incident. In response to a public records request the CHP says Murrill and Sherman didn’t have cameras in either of their patrol SUV’s. The CHP also said that computer aided dispatch logs of radio conversations from the incident weren’t found because of “system malfunctioning for this time period.”


36 posted on 09/09/2013 5:49:15 AM PDT by tlozo
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To: bamahead

Asshole thug cops raping liberty ping


37 posted on 09/09/2013 5:50:18 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: rawhide

I guess he could make a disability claim.

Oh wait those are only for the lard butt, desk jockeys that run the CHP

CA: ‘Chief’s Disease’ rife at CHP
Sac Bee ^ | 9/10/04 | John Hill and Dorothy Korber

After 33 years on the job, Deputy Commissioner Ed Gomez was ready to end his career with the California Highway Patrol. He was so disabled by workplace stress and physical ailments, his doctor said, that he could no longer work as a CHP commander. The doctor’s report said Gomez must “avoid more than ordinary stress in further occupational endeavors.” In 2000, the 57-year-old was awarded a $39,000 settlement, medical care for life for his injuries, and a state industrial disability pension of $106,968 a year - half tax-free.

Barely two years later, Gomez was hired by the federal government to be security director at San Francisco International Airport, a position described as “on the front lines of the war on terrorism.” It’s a job he holds today.

Gomez is a prime example of a widespread practice documented by a Bee investigation: top-tier CHP officers aggressively pursuing injury claims, often near the end of 30-year careers, that hike their retirement income. Like Gomez, some go on to demanding second careers while collecting their state disability pensions. Inside the CHP it’s known as “Chief’s Disease.”

Of 65 high-ranking CHP officers who have retired since 2000, 55 pursued workers’ compensation settlements within two years of retiring. These injury claims formed the basis for disability settlements and medical pensions.


38 posted on 09/09/2013 5:57:27 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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The important thing is that the brave officers got home safe to their families that day.


39 posted on 09/09/2013 5:59:25 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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Welcome to the USSA, comrades! He should have stayed in Russia.


40 posted on 09/09/2013 5:59:56 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: rawhide

Unbelievable — I hope he wins big in his civil suit.

But rest easy Californians — his assailant is still on the job serving the public safety.


41 posted on 09/09/2013 6:00:13 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: rawhide

Time to thin the heard.


42 posted on 09/09/2013 6:00:52 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: ken5050
They have interpreters. Saw them when I went with my son for his commercial.
43 posted on 09/09/2013 6:01:31 AM PDT by Chickensoup (...We didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: rawhide

“The public if they get stopped and simply comply with what they are asked to do, they have nothing to fear, nothing to fear at all,” said Acting Chief Ken Hill”

Refusing to sign a ticket does not give the Gendarmerie the right to beat someone close to death, Mr. Hill.

Unless there are significant facts to the contrary that the reporter left out of the story, Hill needs to be fired and the officers need to be prosecuted.


44 posted on 09/09/2013 6:08:40 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: from occupied ga

heard = herd - need coffee


45 posted on 09/09/2013 6:12:32 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: rawhide

Crooked cops + Steroids = Senseless death and destruction

People really do wonder why no one likes cops anymore. These roid junkies should be disarmed and thrown out of the police force with a catapult.


46 posted on 09/09/2013 6:13:27 AM PDT by Prole
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To: rawhide

Typical cops demanding the respect they are too stupid to
earn. Punk cop and dumb cop don’t care. All they want is
that gun and badge to get back at the world.
According to acting jackboot Ken Hill you have nothing to
fear if you comply with what they ask you to do. Now we
know what happens when you don’t. Sad to say this is becoming
the national norm.
The moral of the story is, do what the cops say or get beat
to death. And remember, you can never trust a cop, they
think they are over and above the rest of us.


47 posted on 09/09/2013 6:14:09 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: Fresh Wind

I’m sure he’d rather have his sight and brain function back, given a choice.


48 posted on 09/09/2013 6:14:34 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: rawhide

Keep in mind Kalifornia is home to “burn that motherf@cker” style law enforcement types. Really professional bunch.


49 posted on 09/09/2013 6:16:30 AM PDT by Prole
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To: rawhide

Good thing he wasn’t with a baby deer or the family dog. Then they would have had to bring in the SWAT team. He should have just said he was carrying a load of illegal in from Mexico and as soon as he was going to drop them off at the food stamp office he was going to rest.


50 posted on 09/09/2013 6:23:11 AM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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