Friday, February 21, 2014

Don't Get a Flat Tire in Brighton, NY

By Davy V.

Yes, you read the title correctly.

Don't get a flat tire in Brighton, NY.

But if you do, beware of Brighton, NY Police officer Richard Kosakowski, who apparently has nothing better to do than to harass hardworking innocent tax paying citizens.

Like my niece and nephew's mother.

She got a flat tire, and was just a few blocks away from a gas station Thursday around 2 p.m., with her emergency four way flashers on, when she was pulled over by officer Kosakowski.

Officer Kosakowski, who has been with the Brighton Police department since March of 2013 after transferring from the Utica, NY Police department, then issued her an equipment failure citation, which is different than a regular traffic infraction in that with an equipment failure type citation, the person has 24 hours to correct the issue, then they provide a police officer or court with a signed form showing that the issue has been corrected, and that usually takes care of it.

Which she did.

But that's not the point.

The real issue here is that Brighton, NY Police officer Richard Kosakowski went out of his way to stop a woman with a flat tire and four way flashes on.

And on a list of the most petty traffic stops a cop can make, stopping someone for havinf a flat tire has got to be up there on the list. 

The real issue here is that Brighton, NY Police officer Richard Kosakowski went out of his way, not to assist a taxpayer with a fiat tire, but instead to harass  her.

The real issue here is that in a town plagued by robberies, including car and  home break ins while families are asleep, and in a town which doesn't want to admit that youths from affluent families spray paint anti-Semitic racial slurs and swastika symbols in font of homes on tree lined streets, Brighton, NY Police officer Richard Kosakowski is a petty, over zealous cop who apparently feels his time and authority is better used picking on and harassing women.

Note: I called the Brighton, NY Police department and spoke to Lieutenant Ronald Ward, who I must say was very professional and courteous.

I told him how petty I thought it was for one of his officers to go out of his way to stop an innocent woman on her way to a gas station with a flat tire.

He didn't say much.

But he listened.

And then he spoke.

"Davy, I can't speak to why the officer did what he did."

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