Skip to comments.Truck Driver Nearly Beaten to Death By Police For Not Signing Traffic Ticket
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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Just wondering, how does one get a commercial license if you can’t read?
WTF? If this 'chief' said this he should go to jail as well as the arresting officers... Is this story real?
Don’t tell me...
The officers are on PAID leave while the matter is under investigation... Right?
Are you freaking kidding me? If you just comply you have nothing to fear? That smacks of police state for sure!
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.
But if you don't it's Katy bar the door.
Watch the video, you will hear him say that statement.
If he's not too brain dead to enjoy it. And who's going to pay the judgement? Isn't CA broke?
I think it was more of a case of the truck driver not being able to make out the cop's handwriting.
THIS IS A CHILLING COMMENT.
It sounds very..... Soviet.
OK. Which part of “Jack Booted Thug” does not apply here?
And the police wonder why law abiding citizens don't respect them.
The officer claims it was reasonable force!
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.
In new America, you serve and protect the police.
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.
The driver said he wanted to read the ticket before signing.
He wasnt allowed to read it.
From the article:
Still, nearly two years later neither the CHP nor the state Attorney Generals office will confirm whether or not the officers involved were ever disciplined for their actions, citing the law officers 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."
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.
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"
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.
This song was from another famous CHP beating victim.
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.
Isn't that a crime in New York City? Hard to believe Kalifornia is so far behind on criminalizing salt.
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.
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.
And the radio recordings are missing due to equipment failure, conveniently. It seems that missing recordings happen all to often in disputed cases...
Truck driver: White
One of the police officers: White
You have nothing to fear if you obey. Now just get in the boxcar.
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.
Log books? If the driver is within a hundred miles of his home base he doesn’t need to fill out a log book.
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 didnt have cameras in either of their patrol SUVs. The CHP also said that computer aided dispatch logs of radio conversations from the incident werent found because of system malfunctioning for this time period.
Asshole thug cops raping liberty ping
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.
The important thing is that the brave officers got home safe to their families that day.
Welcome to the USSA, comrades! He should have stayed in Russia.
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.
Time to thin the heard.
“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.
heard = herd - need coffee
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.
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.
I’m sure he’d rather have his sight and brain function back, given a choice.
Keep in mind Kalifornia is home to “burn that motherf@cker” style law enforcement types. Really professional bunch.
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.