Trial for man accused of assaulting a Petoskey police officer starts today

Jan 23, 2008 Full story: Petoskey News Review 12

The trial Reggie Bernard Burks Sr., 47, of Boyne Falls who is accused of breaking his cane over the head of a Petoskey police officer during a traffic stop near the entrance to the Northern Michigan Regional ... via Petoskey News Review

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COL STRANGE

Norcross, GA

#1 Jan 31, 2008
THIS IS A PRICK BULLY COP. IT WAS HIS FAULT THIS
ALL HAPPENED. PULLING HER OVER FOR LOUD MUFFLERS
IS THE BIGGEST BUNCH CRAP. HOPEFULLY THIS BULLY COP WILL GET HIS JUST DUE. STREET STYLE.
Heidi

Petoskey, MI

#2 Feb 18, 2008
Wow you don't know much about peolice officers. Did you know that no matter why they pull you over you still have to obey the law and do what they say? Clearly the woman was NOT cooperating and then out of nowhere the officer was assaulted with a weapon. CLEARLY the man was well enough to get out of the car and beat the officer with is cane. He is not a bully, he was doing his job and following procedures. Instead of attacking this officer, maybe you should respect him and what he does for the citizens on a daily basis. I am proud of him and I would hope that you would get off your high horse and realize that no one is above the law. If she would have listened to the officer the whole issue would have been resolved. Instead she ran her mouth off, didn't listen and then the policeman was the one who was attacked...and who was the bully?????? Get a clue.
COL STRANGE wrote:
THIS IS A PRICK BULLY COP. IT WAS HIS FAULT THIS
ALL HAPPENED. PULLING HER OVER FOR LOUD MUFFLERS
IS THE BIGGEST BUNCH CRAP. HOPEFULLY THIS BULLY COP WILL GET HIS JUST DUE. STREET STYLE.
wow

Westland, MI

#3 Feb 19, 2008
was this in petoskey??
UNCLES Nephew

Detroit, MI

#4 Mar 26, 2008
I think the cop got what he had coming. Her blinkers where on and if it was His momma I don't think it would have been that way. 99.9% of the police up there are RACIST PETTY and they don't respect their damn selves. They might as well walk around with they white hoods and sheets on(KKK) It's time somebody did something so they can see how bad the police treat African Americans up there. I myself got pulled over for walking so that shows there is a problem there.

P.S. STAY STRONG UNCLE YOU'LL BE HOME SOON!!!!!
UNCLES Nephew

Detroit, MI

#5 Mar 26, 2008
I think the cop got what he had coming. Her blinkers where on and if it was His momma I don't think it would have been that way. 99.9% of the police up there are RACIST PETTY and they don't respect their damn selves. They might as well walk around with they white hoods and sheets on(KKK) It's time somebody did something so they can see how bad the police treat African Americans up there. I myself got pulled over for walking so that shows there is a problem there.
P.S. STAY STRONG UNCLE YOU'LL BE HOME SOON!!!!!
UNCLES Nephew

Detroit, MI

#6 Mar 26, 2008
Heidi wrote:
Wow you don't know much about peolice officers. Did you know that no matter why they pull you over you still have to obey the law and do what they say? Clearly the woman was NOT cooperating and then out of nowhere the officer was assaulted with a weapon. CLEARLY the man was well enough to get out of the car and beat the officer with is cane. He is not a bully, he was doing his job and following procedures. Instead of attacking this officer, maybe you should respect him and what he does for the citizens on a daily basis. I am proud of him and I would hope that you would get off your high horse and realize that no one is above the law. If she would have listened to the officer the whole issue would have been resolved. Instead she ran her mouth off, didn't listen and then the policeman was the one who was attacked...and who was the bully?????? Get a clue.<quoted text>
*** FIRST LET ME SAY THIS YOUR EYES MUST NOT WORK THAT WELL CAUSE IF YOU WATCHED THE VIDEO YOU CAN TELL THAT HE HAD NO MERIT FOR PULLING HER OVER IN THE FIRST PLACE AND AS FAR AS HER RUNNING OFF AT THE MOUTH YOU NEED TO PUT YOURSELF IN THAT SITUATION BEFORE YOU, YOURSELF START RUNNING OFF AT THE MOUTH. PUT YOURSELF IN HER AND HER FAMILIES SHOES, THE COP HAD NO RIGHT NOR REASON TO PUT HIS HANDS ON HER SHE CLEARLY ASKED HIM NOT TO TOUCH HER SO IF THAT WAS A STRANGER AND SHE ASKED THE SAME WOULD THAT BEEN OK FOR THEM TO IGNORE HER REQUEST IF SHE DIDN'T WANT TO BE TOUCHED THEN IT'S SIMPLE "KEEP YOUR DAMN HANDS TO YOURSELF" ALL HER HUSBAND (MY UNCLE) WAS DOING WAS DEFENDING AND PROTECTING HIS WIFE IN WHICH HE THOUGHT TO BE IN DANGER GIVEN THE REPUTATION OF THE POLICE AGAINST AFRICAN AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY IN A COUNTY WHERE MOST OF 9 1/2 OUT OF 10 OF THEIR CITIZENS ARE WHITE. I SUPPORT HIM THEN AND NOW. YOU HEIDI NEED TO GET A GRIP ON REALITY AND ON LIFE
Bill

Southfield, MI

#7 Apr 8, 2008
Well Uncles Nephew is that how it works in Detroit??? You disregard a lawful order given by an officer and then ask them to keep their hands off of you and they listen?? What do you suppose would have happend to your uncle if he would have did the same thing to a police officer in your home town?? And you want to talk about reputations.. Lets talk about your uncles....
White and Proud

Gaylord, MI

#8 Apr 20, 2008
I agree with Heidi, Personally i think we should hang him for hitting a cop. Thats just me, but as far as it goes Uncles Nephew is trying to turn this into a rodney king case...I hope the man gets full charge for hitting the cop
A FEW MORE MONTHS TO GO

Detroit, MI

#9 Jun 26, 2008
he got 1 year she got off petoskey police are in trouble cause they don't know their own laws. She was stopped he wasn't so it was just assulting an officer so in other words they put theirselves in double jeopardy.
Stupid People

United States

#10 Jun 27, 2008
I would have took the cane and wacked his old ass back with it. Anyone with COMMON SENSE does not disrespect, let alone assault, a police officer doing his/her job.

If you don't like cops, don't break the law! Is that so hard to figure out?

Oh and by the way- All laws are the same in the State of Michigan unless its a local ordinance. Petoskey doesn't have "their own laws".
Douglas Tettlemen

Chicago, IL

#11 Sep 12, 2008
Wow you don't know much about peolice officers. Did you know that no matter why they pull you over you still have to obey the law and do what they say?

Heidi - I love it. You are clearly and painfully out of your element. Hey, you don't know what you don't know, honey.
Yes, Mr. & Mrs. Burks behaved like a menace to society during the stop (any idiot can observe the video). Yes, they are admittedly a chronic pain-in-the-ass. But, that is beside the point.
The point of the previous post is that law requires police officers to have justification for making a traffic stop. It is a cherished right we enjoy in the U.S. The jury in this case was highly suspicious there was manufactured cause - that is part of the reason the Burks' penalty was not more severe. If it is determined that there was manufactured cause for a traffic stop, the subsequent events, barring felonies, are quashed.
Obviously, Troxel pulled these people over because they're easily identifiable in Petoskey and because they have a record. The point is that police officers do not have the right to manufacture cause, regardless of intentions, previous arrests, the result of the stop,. Plain and simple, love it or hate it - that is the law and thank God it exists.
If you are advocating that cops be able to pull people over for reasons outside of protocol, then you are a fool.
Douglas Tettlemen

Chicago, IL

#12 Sep 12, 2008
Heidi - I love it. You are clearly and painfully out of your element. Hey, you don't know what you don't know, honey.
Yes, Mr. & Mrs. Burks behaved like a menace to society during the stop (any idiot can observe the video). Yes, they are admittedly a chronic pain-in-the-ass. But, that is beside the point.
The point of the previous post is that law requires police officers to have justification for making a traffic stop. It is a cherished right we enjoy in the U.S. The jury in this case was highly suspicious there was manufactured cause - that is part of the reason the Burks' penalty was not more severe. If it is determined that there was manufactured cause for a traffic stop, the subsequent events, barring felonies, are quashed.
Obviously, Troxel pulled these people over because they're easily identifiable in Petoskey and because they have a record. The point is that police officers do not have the right to manufacture cause, regardless of intentions, previous arrests, the result of the stop,. Plain and simple, love it or hate it - that is the law and thank God it exists.
If you are advocating that cops be able to pull people over for reasons outside of protocol, then you are a fool.
Heidi wrote:
Wow you don't know much about peolice officers. Did you know that no matter why they pull you over you still have to obey the law and do what they say? Clearly the woman was NOT cooperating and then out of nowhere the officer was assaulted with a weapon. CLEARLY the man was well enough to get out of the car and beat the officer with is cane. He is not a bully, he was doing his job and following procedures. Instead of attacking this officer, maybe you should respect him and what he does for the citizens on a daily basis. I am proud of him and I would hope that you would get off your high horse and realize that no one is above the law. If she would have listened to the officer the whole issue would have been resolved. Instead she ran her mouth off, didn't listen and then the policeman was the one who was attacked...and who was the bully?????? Get a clue.<quoted text>

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