Police Abuse

Truck Driver Sues Over Brutal Beating by California Highway Patrol

CHP won't even say if the officers were disciplined


It's been almost two years since Olegs Kozacenko nearly lost his life during an encounter with two California Highway Patrol officers over a traffic ticket. Still, nearly two years later neither the CHP nor the state Attorney General's office will confirm whether or not the officers involved were ever disciplined for their actions, citing the law officer's bill of rights. 

But that answer didn't satisfy Kozacenko. Now the 58-year-old truck driver has filed suit against the state of California and the Highway Patrol officers he says injured him. The purpose of the suit, he says, to find what he calls justice.

The case stems from a seemingly routine traffic stop on westbound Interstate 80  east of Reno in California's Seirras.