by Hudson Star-Observer
January 10, 2012 at 5:20 am in Hudson Star-Observer
Through an open records request, the Star-Observer has obtained the video of the North Hudson Police traffic stop of local attorney Bill Radosevich Continue Reading
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If the cop did not think it was safe to let him drive, he should have had him call someone to pick him up. Cuffing and arresting him after showing no alcohol in his system was a big mistake.
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Brett, why is it only if you have alcohol in your system that you should not be let go? Is alcohol the only thing that can impair your driving?
If, by your words, the “cop did not think it was safe to let him drive” he has an obligation to arrest this person for failure to make the decision not to get behind the wheel. Same thing could be said for drunk driving? As long as the police pull you over before you hit something or someone, why not just call someone to give you a ride home?
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This is crazy. NH cops really need to get their crap figured out.
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Alcohol is not the only intoxicant that can impair a driver, however alcohol is the only thing that will register on a breathalyzer.
Guilty until proven innocent? Really? If the officer thought he was a danger to be driving he had the responsibility to take him off the road. Perhaps he was just tired and was dozing off while driving, perhaps it was prescription medication, or a side effect of some medication.
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Sounds good mike. What time do u usually drive through NH again? I’ll let them know that I think you are impaired so they can arrest you on MY word.
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I’ll let you know. And I hope to goodness there is a video of that stop when I pass all the field sobriety tests, which Mr. Radosevich did not, and then you will see me in civil court with a lawsuit against you!
Did you even WATCH the video? He did not just pull him over and cuff and stuff him in his cruiser, he spent 40 minutes examining him.As I said elsewhere, I really wish he would have followed him to observe his driving personally, but beyond that, not sure anything was done wrong.
The best thing about this? Mr. Radosevich will get his day in court (of course as an attorney he already has enough of those), and it will be in the hands of a judge or jury to determine this. Obviously the court of public opinion has weighed in and my side is losing badly . The interesting thing about the court case, to me, will be which side will call NHPD Chief of Police as a witness for their side?
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Yes Mike, I did watch the video. It was quite clear that the officer had already made up his mind. If he hadn’t, he would have watched him drive for a mile or two. He made comments like “notice suspect leaning on car”. The guy is OLD. I would do the same damn thing! Bottom line is, the cop shouldn’t have pulled him over period. And when he did, he should have kept an open mind rather than coming to an early conclusion.
I’m not quite sure I understand what side your on anymore. You think that if I saw you driving erratically and reported you, you should have the right to sue me? And yet in this case that is exactly what happened and your still on the side of the officer??
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Talk about a mind made up — I just can’t believe the responses here. Moody is already as good as fired in everyone’s mind here.
Go ahead, click the the thumbs down button, seems like the only thing people can do around here….
All of you people who are so quick to judge and want to find fault with the officer, are just as guilty as what you are accusing him of doing.
Let’s just wait and see how a judge and possibly a jury see this.
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The fact that North Hudson is known for going above and beyond when it comes to serving and protecting makes my husband and I want to sell our home in North Hudson and move elsewhere. This gentleman was mistreated, as have so many of our neighbors, friends and family. It is truly sad and heartbreaking that just about anyone can be made a criminal in this village.
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Sorry this happened to Bill who is a kind and honorable person, but this incident has shined a light on North Hudson’s over zealous law enforcement. This is not an isolated instance and it is time the City promote Peace Officers and not judge and jury law enforcement.
John C. Krizek
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What I want to know is how does an arrest made by a “trained” officer get overruled by Chief Richert over the phone without ever seeing or speaking to Mr. Radosevich. Pull your heads out NHPD. I wonder how many “drunk” drivers took the opportunity to sneak past the preoccupied “officers” when they had the chance. I’ve said it many times, my money is well spent in the City of Hudson where the Police department sets its sights on protecting and serving the community rather than the NHPD who’s goal is to alienate, embarass and inconvenience. I hope Mr. Radosevich decides to pursue this to the fullest.
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Well, how about being over tired? It does not necessarily take a drug. If you watched the video you could see his eyes not following the pen, you could see him turning his head, you could see in the time test that he barely had his head tilted above level.
Fine downgrade my comment all you want, but if this guy would have taken someone out by his inattentive driving we would all be having a completely different discussion.
Do I think NHPD might be a trigger happy on some of these kinds of things? You bet!! You can barely drive through NH without seeing a car pulled over.
With this case there is one thing I do NOT understand, and someone above pointed it out. Why did this office not follow the driver through North Hudson, even if he was going to Hudson or beyond and observe his driving rather than pulling him over immediately after crossing the village limits?
Am I glad this is going to court? You bet, again!! If a judge and jury find this is over reaching on the NHPD’s part, then this is the start of a getting it cleaned up.
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“yeah…this guy…was driving funny….lets call the cops….”
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Fire Moody now! He pulls over people all the time on trivial, made-up or non-existent probable cause. Ask the city how many cars he stopped on New Years eve versus how many charges resulted. It’s completely ridiculous. He’s a overzealous cop on a never-ending fishing trip. Secure against unreasonable search and seizure? Not when Moody is on the clock! He’s got no time for ridiculous restraints like the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. He’s a bully and a cowboy with a complete disregard for the civil liberties of every person living in or visiting our community. And that is simply wrong – not to mention bad for business. He needs to go, and any city official or Board member who disagrees needs to go too. It’s just that simple.
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What a joke. Makes you really come to respect police officers now doesn’t it? This cop obviously has no sense for reasoning for the real world situations. The police chief did the right thing, just probably too little a little too late as one would say.
The bottom line is if there is no alchohol and no drugs present what probable cause did he have? None. An experienced cop would have moved on to do his job. They complain about not having enough manpower. Could his time been spent better elseware rather than wasting 45 min of a citizens time and our taxpayer’s money for nothing? I think anyone here can see the answer to that as well as the county officer who had a pretty confused look on his face.
They clearly screwed with the wrong person this time and I hope he makes North Hudson pay for it dearly and then the board can explain to the taxpayers why they are costing them wasted money again. Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.
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You are speaking of the NHPD with this comment, right? Given everything I’ve read in these comments you must be!
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Sir, you have a broken tail light
No I dont
yes, you do….
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Wow! I don’t know who the Village of Hudson’s insurer is, but based upon the sentiment here and heard around town, they may have wished they settled this. People seem to hate this Moody guy and the NHPD in general. This goes to a jury, and North Hudson’s gonna get slapped with a giant award. Probably see some heads roll then. Good drama – can’t wait to see what happens.
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Watched the vid 3 times. The officer acted responsibly, professionally, and within the law. Although he wasn’t charged for eratic driving or DUI these types of cases sure bring out the criminal sympathisers and cop bashers don’t they? Now that’s embarrassing. The village board made the correct decision.
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And your qualifications are what, exactly? Perhaps you would like to enlighten us all on the finer points of probable cause – you know, that thing police need to stop you in the first place. What case is it again that allows for a random individual’s assertion to the police to rise to such a level as to create sufficient probable cause to initiate a stop? Maybe you are fine with having a less free America, but I can assure you that most of us are not. And as a further point, the Board isn’t making any decisions, they are doing whatever the lawyers for their insurance company are telling them to do. And the only interest the insurance company is looking out for is their own.
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I too watched the video, and it seemed to me that Mr Radosevich was extremely argumentative, and Officer Moody was polite and professional. I don’t know either of these individuals, and have never had a bad experience with the police department in North Hudson. Officer Moody was doing his job, you have to remember they are here to HELP us, and keep us safe, which is what he was doing when he stopped a driver for ERRATIC DRIVING.
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But Moody never stopped him for erratic driving. He stopped him because some random individual said he had been driving erratically. Big difference. And yes, the police are suppose to be here to HELP us. However, many of our community insist that it is not help that is being doled out, but instead good old police HARASSMENT. Guess you are lucky you haven’t been a target. That doesn’t mean that others haven’t been, or that you may not be down the road. So be careful what you wish for – you just might get it and then some.
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People have a responsibility to report dangerous driving to police and the police have a duty to investigate. That wasn’t the problem. When the driver showed no alcohol, if the cop thought he was still a danger he should have had him call someone to give him a ride home. Not arrest him.
Blaming the guy that reported the bad driving is stupid.
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I sometimes believe we should keep pace with modern society and create an opt-out list for those that either dislike the the law enforcement community or just outright hate all officers. Can you imagine calling 911 and getting the message “We’re sorry sir/ma’am, but I see you’ve opted out of law enforcement response for yourself. If you’d like to re-register, please fill out the form at http://www.ineedhelpnow.com, we will respond to your request within 8-12 weeks. Thank-you and have a nice day”. Always remember, if you don’t like the Police, the next time someone is kicking in your front door……call the Fire Department, they hardly ever get any complaints.
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