GVSUs Berezik arrested in cop scuffle

Grand Valley State University running back James Berezik has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest over the weekend. Read more
whatwhatwhat

United States

#23 Nov 24, 2008
Earl Warren wrote:
Anyone know the details on this, a well known civil liberties group may be interested in looking into the OCSD "Sweeps" since they might be of questionable constitutional validity.
How are they of questionable constitutional validity? I think it's a great thing that the cops are out there keeping the kids quiet and under control. You've obviously never had to drive around campus on a weekend night hoping that a stupid drunk 19y/o doesn't crash into you.

As for the details... what's more to know? Looks like this young man was drunk or drinking in public, police started to interact with him and he decided it was a good idea to run away. When the police caught up with him, he punched a cop. Pretty cut and dry felony to me...
grand rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

#24 Nov 24, 2008
Earl Warren wrote:
Anyone know the details on this, a well known civil liberties group may be interested in looking into the OCSD "Sweeps" since they might be of questionable constitutional validity.
yeah, who do these cops think they are going around and enforcing the law?? and to think that just a few months ago they talked on TV about how they received grant money and would be doing it frequently. somebody call a lawyer - they have no business doing things like that!
Irish in Holland

Leawood, KS

#25 Nov 24, 2008
I am sure that the Bengals or Cowboys will draft him now...He would fit right in.

Since: Jul 08

Grand Haven

#26 Nov 24, 2008
Jeez... what a dumbass. When the cops showed up, he could have just taken his M.I.P. and moved on. Embarrassing, yes, but a simple M.I.P. is manageable on your record, and isn't likely to seriously hamper your career prospects.

But what does he do? He runs, then when he's caught, he punches the cop who caught him. Now he could be looking at a felony on his record because he couldn't stand the idea of an M.I.P. on his record. Maybe he was worried about getting kicked off of the team. Now he'll have to worry about ever getting a decent job soon.
Big Loser

Grand Blanc, MI

#27 Nov 25, 2008
As the GVSU Football program has improved, the caliber of its athletes off the field has declined. Seems like that's a tradeoff you make when you take talented guys from the hoods in Michigan.

I also think it's funny how these D2 'stars' think they are above the law. Remember when Finnerty and crew barged into an apartment and assaulted a kid a couple of years ago.

More recruits = more problems.

Since: Nov 08

Grand Haven, MI

#28 Nov 25, 2008
GR Pete wrote:
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What is really sad is that anyone gives a damn about a 19 yr. old having a beer when we have important problems.
right! personally,i think its a dumb,drunk kid mistake...fine him,a bit of community service,embarrass him a bit and get over it..i dont condone what he did,but theres no sense in jumping on the felony bandwagon and messing up the kids life over a dopey mistake..and to all you judgemental types...i bet you all or your kids would n e v e r do anything like that!!but of course the media will create a false sence of outrage and beat it into the ground..
WMU Grad

Palatine, IL

#29 Nov 25, 2008
What foolish behavior, playing sports at the college level is a privledge and should be treated as such. On a side note, I can't believe $40K of taxpayer money is going toward crowd control at GVSU.
nonyuh

Grand Rapids, MI

#30 Nov 25, 2008
4 Justice wrote:
The cop lost his flashlight, now Berezik is going to be charged with it? I know how the courts and cops like to make money, but this is a total joke. If the officer didn't have his equipment secured, he should be flipping the bill. Luckily it wasn't his gun, though you know it would have been found in 5 minutes.
All that will happen in this case, and you watch, it will be nothing but fines going to the courts. All he did was being a drunk fool that screwed up, yet the media destroyed his future now. Hope everyone is happy that is involved in this.
he messed up his future on his own. He is the one who made the choice to drink.
Fan1

Byron Center, MI

#31 Nov 25, 2008
Perhaps policee is a little harsh to this 19 years old young man for this incident. Perhaps this young man will lose the rest of the season ( or may not). But hopefuly he learned a great lesson and will be smart in his future adult life. That is all about.

Then he, many years later, will be thankful to what police did to him today.

Since: Oct 08

Holland

#32 Nov 25, 2008
I have participated in approximately eight sweeps starting several years ago. I was initially shocked at the level of alcohol abuse present at the off campus apartments. If your in doubt, I suggest you walk through the dozen or so off campus apartment parking lots after a home game, you will be shocked as well.

We usually consist of a dozen officers in two or four man teams. The teams generally choose which parking lots to patrol. The kids are warned prior and this year it was highlighted on the news while a reporter tagged along.

GR Petes disdain for the police is clear. While he believes the police are violating individuals rights we are not, as demonstrated in the court and motion hearings that followed.

Finding intoxicated minors while on foot patrol is like shooting fish in a barrel, you just can't miss. My partners and I walk past dozens of apartments during these patrol and see obvious minors consuming inside apartments. They see us, get scared and act like a deer in the headlights. Guess what? we let them be. We know college kids will drink and there are enough of them falling down drunk in the lots and vehicles to contend with. We want to send a message, if you going to consume as a minor, keep it inside and low key.

The effect of the patrols are evident. At the start of each school year there are large groups in the parking lots with various beer drinking games set up. I'm talking about large tables stocked with beer and ect. If beer pong was an olympic sport, the kids at GV would take the gold. After a few patrols, the kids take it inside and the complex become a little more peaceful.

The kids who actually go to school to study actually thank us for giving them an environment where they can study! Fact: GVSU had more "sweep" alcohol arrests than MSU! Unless you seen these parking lots full of drunk kids you wouldn't believe it. I hope some former/current student confirms this.

As far as the star football player, it wouldn't be fair for me to comment on the case at this point but I can say out of several hundred kids cited, not one of them put an officer to the ground with a blow to the face.
just a mom

Spring Lake, MI

#33 Nov 25, 2008
yeah, I thought the whole flashlight deal was a little oof too. Like the kid is going to steal a flashlight running away from the cops or on his way to jail. Fair warning to to all you minors, DONT GET CAUGHT IN OTTAWA COUNTY! They will get you everytime and the courts in this county are a b%@ch!

Since: Nov 08

Grand Haven, MI

#34 Nov 25, 2008
i can see this is just going to be a forum to crucify this kid that made a dumb mistake from a bunch of hypocites whose kids are running around doing the same crap..just not getting caught,yet!gee,i didnt know college kids drank beer..teach him a lesson and get over it...
Scott Berger

Holland, MI

#35 Nov 25, 2008
Earl Warren wrote:
Anyone know the details on this, a well known civil liberties group may be interested in looking into the OCSD "Sweeps" since they might be of questionable constitutional validity.
I'm sure that sense this is a State Funded action, and that the State probably dictates how it's done, and the fact that the State has tons of lawyers, that they looked into if it was "legal" to do. These sweeps are no different then the drunk driving stings, seatbelt enforcement stings, or any other state funded public safety event.

Basically, don't be such a liberal wienie; don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
C LaRue

United States

#36 Nov 25, 2008
I don't mean to be RUDE or anything but... with those kinds of stats, don't you think he should have been able to outrun everyone?
Mom of 1

United States

#37 Nov 25, 2008
just kill me wrote:
i can see this is just going to be a forum to crucify this kid that made a dumb mistake from a bunch of hypocites whose kids are running around doing the same crap..just not getting caught,yet!gee,i didnt know college kids drank beer..teach him a lesson and get over it...
I certainly hope my kid isn't running around punching cops. If a person attacked you would you call it a "dumb mistake?"
Dispatch chick

United States

#38 Nov 25, 2008
Headhunter6 has it exactly right..with first hand experience recieving calls from GVSU students complaining about loud parties (in parking lots) and intoxicated students so drunk they can't find their apartments.The sweeps work. As Headhunter said keep it inside.
John Q Public

Grand Rapids, MI

#39 Nov 25, 2008
wasted youth wrote:
What a bad decision! Totally threw his life away for one stupid party...yeah...that's smart!
I didn't really "through his away" Kids at GVSU are getting busted every weekend for drinking. Only reason this made the news is because of who he is.

Now why that was the lead story on WOOD yesterday is beyond when we have more pressing news to be reported on.
John Q Public

Grand Rapids, MI

#40 Nov 25, 2008
Scott Berger wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sure that sense this is a State Funded action, and that the State probably dictates how it's done, and the fact that the State has tons of lawyers, that they looked into if it was "legal" to do. These sweeps are no different then the drunk driving stings, seatbelt enforcement stings, or any other state funded public safety event.
Basically, don't be such a liberal wienie; don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
They are different in the fact that they are held on private property. Get in an accident on apartment property and the cops wont show up, but be a 19 year old with beer on your breathe and they're on you like white on rice.
chatter

United States

#41 Nov 25, 2008
This is a strike against GV football. They teach the kids to be violent. The coaches and staff should share responsibility for promoting violent behavior. This isn't the first time they have let these kids down by not training the kids properly.
John Q Public

Grand Rapids, MI

#43 Nov 25, 2008
John Q Public wrote:
<quoted text>
I didn't really "through his away" Kids at GVSU are getting busted every weekend for drinking. Only reason this made the news is because of who he is.
Now why that was the lead story on WOOD yesterday is beyond when we have more pressing news to be reported on.
meant to say. "he didn't really throw his life away"

Its early. I was up all night partying at copper beach.:-)

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