GVSUs Berezik arrested in cop scuffle

GVSUs Berezik arrested in cop scuffle

There are 231 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Nov 24, 2008, titled GVSUs Berezik arrested in cop scuffle. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

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

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Get Real

Ogden, UT

#85 Nov 25, 2008
Scott Berger wrote:
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Your right, but the bad parenting comes in when the kids decision making ability tells him to run from the police. Who raised him to think like that? The parents...or lack there of...
What decision-making ability? Mr. Bud Lights told him to run when Mr. Bud Lights took away Jimmy's inhibitions and impulse control.
t13t13t13

Princeton, NJ

#87 Nov 25, 2008
I was disappointed when I went to the homecoming game this year with my 9 year old son. The total amount of students in the parking lot that were way past drunk, those that were throwing up and urinating in the lots were disgracefull. The game at 5/3rds park was more of the same when we went. We left at halftime because of the students that were out of control with their language and behavior. They parents would be ashamed if they knew what their kids do there. I know kids drink at all colleges, it seems that it is the "cool" thing to do because of the football team's record. In some way they students think they are part of the success. I'm glad it came to light and hopefully the drinking problems will begin to become uder control in Allendale.
Scott Berger

Holland, MI

#88 Nov 25, 2008
Get Real wrote:
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What decision-making ability? Mr. Bud Lights told him to run when Mr. Bud Lights took away Jimmy's inhibitions and impulse control.
So by your reasoning, date rape is ok as long as the guy is drunk? Because it was really the alcohol raping the girl, not Jimmy. Your a dumbass..
grand rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

#89 Nov 25, 2008
Former student wrote:
It's easy to give legal advice from the computer. I doubt most here never been in front of Judge Post. I can tell you from experience this is the procedure.
In my case I was popped for walking to my apartment drinking a beer and carrying a case. Yup, I was cited and went to court. I showed up on the date given and there were about fourty of us.
The first few students pled guilty and the fine was given. Then a student walked up to the bench and said not guilty, the judge ordered him into custody. After the next student pled not guilty he too was placed into custody. I saw a pattern as well as the other students. There were no more not guilty pleas. The parties there were pretty insane, I will admit.
My grades improved after the ticket. It was actually a good lesson.
I think you make a valid point that GRPete and the others dont - cooperation goes a long way in the eyes of the court. true, you're not required to talk or answer any questions from the police, but that only implies guilt. and if you're guilty they WILL find out. so what looks better - refusing to talk, refusing PBT, pleading not guilty, going to jail,.... or cooperating, admitting guilt, paying your fine and moving on with your life?
grand rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

#90 Nov 25, 2008
t13t13t13 wrote:
Looks like he's following in the footsteps of former alum David Kircus!!! Maybe Kircus can sugggest a good lawyer. Way to put yourself ahead of the team and potentially ruin the teams season.
david who??? lol!
who cares

United States

#91 Nov 25, 2008
grand rapids wrote:
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david who??? lol!
Former GVSU football star that went pro. Ended up with a few drunk driving charges and now lives in a tin can. I suspect a few tickets may have helped him in the early days.
grand rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

#92 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.
if I was a cop and I got punched because some jack *ss didn't want to go to jail, I'd charge him with everything I could think of too.

“Free Moustache Rides”

Since: Nov 08

A2

#93 Nov 25, 2008
GR Pete wrote:
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If he is an adult he ought to be able to drink beer.
I actually disagree with this. While I understand the whole fight for your country, vote, etc argument, I also understand the difference between 21. I was VASTLY more mature at 21, then I was at 18. I think thats where the drinking age originates from.
Get Real

Ogden, UT

#94 Nov 25, 2008
Scott Berger wrote:
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So by your reasoning, date rape is ok as long as the guy is drunk? Because it was really the alcohol raping the girl, not Jimmy. Your a ****..
Sorry. Didn't realize sarcasm was above your paygrade.
tom

Greenville, MI

#95 Nov 25, 2008
Train Wreck wrote:
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Don't forget the wonderful decision making of Cullen Finnerty and crew when they entered an apartment and assaulted a kid a couple of years ago!
Most of these kids are just thugs that weren't good enough for D1, but think they are gods of D2. I hope they give Berezik a felony charge just like they would anyone else.
true....and, they won't
GVSU Parent

Ogden, UT

#96 Nov 25, 2008
real american wrote:
I wonder what ever happened to that guy a goverment official/ i think!that was arrested for dui/ awhile ago. and the other guy that threw up on himself,.I wonder if there carrers and future are down the toilet. PROBABLY NOT!.We the people need to do something about this unfairness, seems if your not someone of major importence, your nobody. but if you are every hing seems to get covered up with a apology.B.S.
Actually, Representative Green has received plenty of coverage, as has Randall Fleshsig, the ex-president of Davenport University, the ex-president of Baker College, local high school teachers and principals who drove drunk, public officials such as Michael Sak, local football players such as Kevin Grady, David Kircus, Cullen Finnerty, the disgraced mayor of Detroit, and the list goes on and on. If you're in the public eye, and in some cases people put you on a pedestal, I think you should be held to an even higher standard.

The ones I respect are those who man up and take total responsibility for their actions, don't make excuses, etc. The others I don't have much use for. But to say that everything gets swept under the rug and covered up by an apology if a person is a public figure is simply not true. They are under MORE scrutiny than the average citizen.
John Q Public

Denver, CO

#97 Nov 25, 2008
GVSU Parent wrote:
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Kids at GVSU AREN'T getting busted every weekend for assaulting a cop.
People are arrested everyday in this town and I bet quite a few are charged with assualting an officer. Any kind of struggle what so ever while your getting arrested usually results in a resisting charge as well as an assult. All you have to do is grab a cops shirt or the slightest push and your busted for assualt. It doesnt take much. Hell the larceny charge for the cop losing his own flash light should tell you that.

DobbyDo

Since: Sep 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#98 Nov 25, 2008
HeadHunter6 wrote:
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I'll attempt to answer some of your questions. You have raised some valid points. The age difference between 20 and 21 is difficult to distinguish. As we patrol the lots and approach a group of student the minors are the ones who separate themselves from the students of legal age. The minors will toss or attempt to conceal their drinks. These are some of the cues we look for. I approached dozens of kids and just chat with them while they are drinking. I'm pretty sure there are some minors in the group but if they don't give me any nervous reaction, they don't get ID'd.
I have caught more than one 20 year old in violation of the MIP law. If they treat me with respect and do submit to the PBT, I will warn them if they have been drinking responsibly and within six months of being of age.
True, a person isn't required to stop upon our approach but they always do. Your incorrect about the requirement of a warrant in regards to the PBT. There is no requirement for a pedestrian to submit therefore a warrant wouldn't be sought. As I mentioned, the kids cited are highly intoxicated or in physical possession of alcohol.
We do carry PBT's and inform them they are not required to submit. Trust me, when you approach a group of twenty kids, you are on cellphone video. We tend to run across student on probation and they are required to submit. Again, it's easy to articulate to the courts that I found defendant falling down drunk while holding a bottle of Capt' Morgan. PBT not required to establish MIP.
I used the term "sweeps" from your post. They are actually patrols approved by the property owners funded by the state. This isn't a money making adventure as the state is paying a dozen officers overtime for these patrols that occur statewide.
These parking lot parties are a favorite destiny for high school students as well. We run into a number of high school students. The patrols make these locations less desirable.
Why would Cooley get involved in these matters? Thats why they produce attorneys. And if there were procedural violations the ACLU would be present.
Regards.
I appreciate this explanation, it shows the caliber of of the folks who wear the uniform.

Since: Sep 08

Allegan, MI

#99 Nov 25, 2008
grand rapids wrote:
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I think you make a valid point that GRPete and the others dont - cooperation goes a long way in the eyes of the court. true, you're not required to talk or answer any questions from the police, but that only implies guilt. and if you're guilty they WILL find out. so what looks better - refusing to talk, refusing PBT, pleading not guilty, going to jail,.... or cooperating, admitting guilt, paying your fine and moving on with your life?
That statement reflects a failure of your prior educators. Refusing to talk, refusing requests for searches of any kind, pleading not guilty and hiring an attorney are not indications of non cooperation, they are the exercise of your precious constitutional rights that many have died to preserve. There is no requirement that you hand them your head on a platter.

DobbyDo

Since: Sep 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#100 Nov 25, 2008
who cares wrote:
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Former GVSU football star that went pro. Ended up with a few drunk driving charges and now lives in a tin can. I suspect a few tickets may have helped him in the early days.
Excellent point!
tom

Greenville, MI

#101 Nov 25, 2008
GR Pete wrote:
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If he is an adult he ought to be able to drink beer.
perfect lib old school response......all we need are younger '3 more years worth' of juvenile drunks who can't handle their beer. more accidents, more dead, more burden on the courts.....wake up, it's not the 60's anymore, and the flower children are long gone.

Since: Nov 08

Grand Haven, MI

#102 Nov 25, 2008
Scott Berger wrote:
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Your right, but the bad parenting comes in when the kids decision making ability tells him to run from the police. Who raised him to think like that? The parents...or lack there of...
ive seen lots of kids with model upbringings do dumb crap..all of their own accord...so quit trying to shift the blame from the guy slopping down the sauce!!he made a bad series of decisions,and now he's gonna have to pay the price..and the way you are putting that acusation out there,it would apply to 75% of the college kids parents!
and as far as the lost flashlight goes,the officer probably shoved it up the kids a s s for being a dope!! cops got no sense of humor when they have to run you down,especially when you start swinging after they catch you!
John Q Public

Denver, CO

#103 Nov 25, 2008
YIKES wrote:
Black eye for GVSU football program! The police have exposed the sad state of affairs at Grand Valley.
Not really a sad state. Im not letting one kid that made a poor decision put GVSU in a bad light. Its a college campus. Its getting bigger and bigger every year. Drinking happens at college. Among other things.(whats that smell?)

UofM has the hash bash. Do you look at that school any differently?

Im not pulling my kids out of GVSU any time soon. They always have cold beer in the fridge.:-)
TSinGR

AOL

#104 Nov 25, 2008
HeadHunter6 wrote:
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.
Good work!! Its really sad to see how so many people do not see the positives of police work. I for one not only support you, I thank you. I don't think I could keep my sanity dealing with a constant flow of bad decision-making people.
Scott Berger

Holland, MI

#105 Nov 25, 2008
John Q Public wrote:
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People are arrested everyday in this town and I bet quite a few are charged with assualting an officer. Any kind of struggle what so ever while your getting arrested usually results in a resisting charge as well as an assult. All you have to do is grab a cops shirt or the slightest push and your busted for assualt. It doesnt take much. Hell the larceny charge for the cop losing his own flash light should tell you that.
Thats because you aren't supposed to resist. These laws are put into effect to protect Police Officers. Do you really think putting your hands on or getting physical with an authority figure is the right thing to do? Police are just looking for cooperation and compliance. Their job is very dangerous, at any moment things could go wrong and cost them their lives.

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