Warner Twp., Mich. – A community is outraged after “the grandpa that everyone loves” suffered a shattered elbow and bloody nose at the hands of State Police, and is now facing a felony charge of resisting and obstructing police. Cops are telling a different story than the account given by 83-year-old Larry Sevenski, and the truth could easily be known – except that the police cruiser dashcam had a mysterious “malfunction” during Sevenski’s arrest.

Sevenski is the owner of the only bar in the town of Warner Township, population 410. Larry’s Seven-ski Inn was full on the night of St. Patrick’s Day, with happy customers enjoying Irish food and music. Someone informed Sevenski that State Police were parked on his property waiting to harass people leaving the bar in hopes of collecting some revenue, so Sevenski decided to have a word with them.

After driving around and looking for the cops, Sevenski made a U-turn, and that’s when a patrol vehicle pulled him over. Sevenski acknowledges getting out of the car and approaching the cops, but Michigan State Trooper Brock Artfitch tells a tale of this 83-year-old man making threatening statements and attacking the officers.


“Artfitch said Sevenski ignored shouted orders to return to his vehicle and instead walked directly at the trooper, reaching him near the front of the patrol car. Artfitch said he put out his hand to stop Sevenski’s advance and pushed on his chest to try to walk him backward toward Sevenski’s car. He asked if Sevenski was carrying any weapons.

“His response was ‘I wish I had one,'” Artfitch said.

Artfitch, 28, said he then grabbed Sevenski’s left hand to try to turn him around for a pat down.

“He squeezed my hand very tightly and he took his right arm and cocked it back in a punching position and formed his right hand into a tight fist,” Artfitch said.

Sevenski’s lawyer, Rick Steiger, asked if he was fearful of Sevenski at that point.

“Yes,” Artfitch said.

Artfitch said he used what’s known as a straight arm bar takedown to get Sevenski on the ground.

When he did, Sevenski’s nose was bleeding, his glasses were chipped and he was screaming in pain, saying his arm was broken. Artfitch and his partner handcuffed Sevenski, called for an ambulance and began performing first aid on Sevenski’s nose.”

Perhaps Sevenski was a bit angry that his patrons in the small town were being preyed upon by revenue collectors as they celebrated a holiday. However, the idea that 83-year-old Sevenski – known for being kind and gentle – would attack the cops and deserved to be brutally taken down defies belief.

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All of this could be cleared up, and the beloved grandpa could likely be free of charges, if only the police dashcam wouldn’t have experienced a “technical failure.” When the car’s overhead lights are activated it is supposed to automatically turn on the dashcam, but somehow that didn’t happen that night.

There was a technical failure with the video camera installed in the patrol vehicle involved in this incident,” 1st Lt. Mark Harris, commander of the Gaylord State Police Post, said in a statement. “While the camera log shows that the camera started recording when the patrol car’s lights were activated, the camera malfunctioned and did not write the incident to the memory card.

The camera did begin recording but only after paramedics had begun tending to Sevenski’s wounds. Despite clear grounds for skepticism, the District Judge went ahead and sided with the State Police trooper anyway, sending Sevenski to trial for resisting and obstructing police.

District Judge Thomas Phillips apparently thinks slamming an 83-year-old man to the ground and causing severe injury is a natural and just outcome, saying, ”When you don’t obey lawful commands, often a physical confrontation results.”

Sevenski has the full support of the community, who put together a benefit to help pay the medical bills caused by the cops’ brutality. Outside of the courtroom, local residents let their anger be known.

Shame on you, beating on that 83-year-old man,” shouted Don Koshmider, as he recorded Trooper Artfitch leaving a court hearing. “Why did you turn off your video camera?

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Sadly, this is just one more example of how the American police state is poised to enact violence on the citizenry which it claims to “protect and serve.” De-escalation seems to be a vanishing practice, and instead, cops like Artfitch are eager to use their “takedown methods” even on the most vulnerable.

When asked if he’s known for being strong by the Detroit Free Press, Sevenski said, “You should’ve seen me at the first trial. I was very sick, very tired. But, I stood up straight. I showed them that they ain’t puttin’ me down. They won’t put me down.”

Justin Gardner is a peaceful free-thinker with a background in the biological sciences. He is interested in bringing rationality back into the national discourse, and independent journalism as a challenge to the status quo.
  • The Cat’s Vagina

    Complete and utter bullshit! The video was deleted because it showed something the cops did NOT want anyone to see. It’s funny how the lack of video gets a cop COMPLETELY off the hook, while having nothing but the arresting officers’ word (and no eyewitness support, despite the place being full of patrons) is QUITE enough to press felony charges against a harmless little old man.

  • Abz B Zbas

    Okay, so it COULD be possible there was a malfunction with the camera. But that would mean it malfunctioned all night. Instead it mysteriously begins to work again when the paramedics show up? Yeah, right. This is total BS.

    • sharkboy

      Also, they determined down to the “T” “how” the camera malfunctioned.

      So basically they knew shit was about to go down so they disconnected the storage media?

      Did he remember he took it out and put it back after the scene died down? You know, when the ambulance gets there, because cops don’t calm things down.

  • Gordon Klock

    Cant help but notice, that there is usually a ‘camera malfunction’ at the most conveniently critical moments, in a lot of these cases, & it really does not look even remotely accidental, (it looks ‘deliberate as hell’), & their vague claims otherwise, just look like an insult to everyone’s intelligence……

  • Bob Btme

    Clearly this guy didn’t grow up in a modern public school prison camp and learn proper cowering obedience. When he grew up, things were different.

  • Paul Buchanan


    • sharkboy

      Well they said it themselves it was recording but writing to no storage media. I want to know what prompted the officer after working all day with this malfunctioned camera just realized that he needed to put the memory card back in when the paramedics arrived?
      Did they say “hey, at least you got it on camera” and he realized that there should be at least an inkling of this incident on his camera to prove he’s not totally incompetent in his ability to check his equipment before leaving the station/beginning the shift.
      You know why cops ask you if you knew your taillight is out?

      Because as a driver of a motor vehicle you’re SUPPOSED TO do a driver’s check before you ever enter the vehicle.
      Check your headlights, taillights, oil, coolant, tire pressure, vehicle horn, check windshield for cracks.
      All of us are subject to being pulled over if one of these is not intact. However, we lower the bar for police so that they can drive a vehicle with faulty equipment for an indeterminate amount of time.

      Cops are allotted vehicles that we all pay for. If you’re allotted a vehicle from the government and you don’t comply with THE BASIC CHECKS for using said vehicle on a public road. Sounds like it should be taken away. I’m sure they make sure their gun is loaded before leaving the station.

      So, if the equipment given to cops is faulty and they don’t have to confirm that it works, can we start giving them fake guns and plastic cars?

      Or, can we sue them for their negligence in the upkeep of government property “government issued/owned camera”
      Or if something happened involving a life or death situation and that cop’s car camera is the only source could he be held liable for not having a working camera? He was in the area.
      Is it department policy to have these cameras in working order or is it just a tactic to increase revenue for their department by claiming they need new equipment every year only to pocket these extra “costs”

      Because obviously the camera works. But we need a new one. But we’ll keep this one.

      • Guy

        It’s damn scary when one here starts to make sense, considering the trolls lurking about under the rocks and bushes. No offence ment against anyone else that has an opinion or two either !

  • Guy

    Hey, I would be pissed off too, if I owned a place and found out the cops were in my parking lot ready to harass my patrons, that’s fishing for money & ticket writing, and trespassing onto private property ! So what if I took a swing at the cop ! At 86, I probably won’t have enough strength to swat flies nevertheless hurt some punk ass 28 year old cop and fall over in the attempt. Typical over reaction by the pd as they do mostly, then for the idiot to arrest and press charges, just tells me that the kid is a total jerk, more interested in his own ego and happy to assault senior citizens, little old ladies and kick dogs ! Watch out folks, the kid is armed and dangerous !

  • George Sparks

    That’s a simple fix with the right software.

  • Ed

    And there worried we will see them takin a PISS!

  • Lorne Allen

    It is completely reasonable to fear for your life at the sight or approach of another human. Just about everyone over the age of 5 could kill you if they have a weapon. There is a big difference between telling the truth and being honest. Police usually tell the truth and the gullible public confuses what they are saying as honesty. I fear for my life at the sight of police. Can i kill pre-emptively? No, only police can do that.

  • Suzanne Rosenorn

    Cops dont care!

  • Just4You

    Funny how those cameras always seem to glitch out right before a beating
    Technology is hard

  • Teddy Flyfisher Davis

    If that punk cop knows what is good for him, he had better quit his job and move to another state…He may be having a bad evening soon…!

  • RJ O’Guillory

    …someday…family members of these people are going to begin to hunt down these Constitution-breaking, treasonous bastards and their families. That will be a fun day to watch. It would be great to see this young cop legally charged and convicted for treason…and then hanged right outside of the state Police Barracks.
    RJ O’Guillory

  • Ibcamn

    the proof was deleted,just say it…