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Second officer says he saw Alfonzo Dennard punch a cop

Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib AP

A day after a police officer testified that Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard punched him outside a bar in Lincoln, Nebraska, last year, one of the officer’s colleagues testified that he witnessed the punch.

Dennard is on trial for third-degree assault on a police officer for allegedly punching Ben Kopsa on April 21, just a week before the Patriots made Dennard a seventh-round pick in the NFL draft. Kopsa testified on Tuesday that Dennard punched him in the jaw, and on Wednesday officer Jerad McBride testified that he witnessed the punch.

Once I saw Officer Kopsa get punched, I ran as absolutely fast as I could,” McBride said.

Dennard claims he did not punch Kopsa, and although he admits to pushing the officer, he said he didn’t realize Kopsa was a cop and only pushed in response to someone grabbing him.

If convicted of the felony assault charge, Dennard could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. His trial will continue on Thursday.

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45 Responses to “Second officer says he saw Alfonzo Dennard punch a cop”
  1. peteinsudbury says: Feb 13, 2013 9:24 PM

    The cops will fabricate this and the poor kid will take the fall. The cops will make it seem a lot serious than it was. The police are completely out of control. Just look at the LAPD. Dorner was a great man.

  2. higgy1 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:25 PM

    I hope they send a message to all the players, YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW !!!!!!

  3. noring4youstill says: Feb 13, 2013 9:30 PM

    He’d better be lucky they didn’t just set him on fire.

  4. thesmartest1 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:31 PM

    Of course he did…..

  5. j0esixpack says: Feb 13, 2013 9:36 PM

    I don’t know all the facts, but it seems like Dennard is a good kid without any history of this sort of thing

    Yet it seems like the prosecutor really wants to make an example out of him and show that they can pretty much destroy his career by pushing this as a felony and winning a jail term

    Just seems to me they picked the wrong kid to make an example of

  6. fitzy187 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:45 PM

    Well what do you expect him to say no he didn’t hit my partner. I just don’t understand this if he hit the guy so hard did it not leave a mark? If he did you know they took pictures right?

  7. rboutote says: Feb 13, 2013 9:51 PM

    Is up to 5 years in prison the same max sentence for punching a civilian? Just curious..

  8. rcali says: Feb 13, 2013 9:53 PM

    Lucky for Mr. Dennard that he’s now in the NFL and you can pretty much get away with just about anything if you don’t mind a slap on the wrist from a paid off judge.

  9. bubbaword says: Feb 13, 2013 9:54 PM

    Looks like the Pats will be looking for a little more help in the secondary!

  10. murraysons says: Feb 13, 2013 9:55 PM

    Wow I’m stunned. the second cop backed up his buddy. #code

  11. dannyreneau says: Feb 13, 2013 10:16 PM

    I live here in Lincoln and the cops are horrible, egocentric tools. Wouldn’t be surprised if shenanigans were involved.

  12. numberoneinthehoodg says: Feb 13, 2013 10:34 PM

    Earlier it stated that he (cop) was alone. Now he’s not? Maybe this is another issue we should wait on to get all the facts?

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 13, 2013 10:46 PM

    Alf had a flashback and thought he was being attacked by alien life forms. Wait, he was!

  14. jsesquire says: Feb 13, 2013 10:48 PM

    A cop saw a fellow officer get punched and RAN!?!? Doesn’t sound like any cop I’ve ever met.

    Aren’t they supposed to be trained in how to incapacitate a guy that’s bigger than them?? What about the fact there were 2 cops and one Dennard? But cops would never lie, would they… Nope, cops aren’t corrupt at all.

  15. canetic says: Feb 13, 2013 10:53 PM

    Why is this even at the trial stage? It should have been plea bargained. Get a new lawyer dude.

  16. alecanthony says: Feb 13, 2013 11:03 PM

    That was Alfonzo Dennard’s best hit of the year

  17. fearthehoody says: Feb 13, 2013 11:06 PM

    Does not mention if officers were on duty. If they were, this punk needs to go bye-bye!

  18. bender4700 says: Feb 13, 2013 11:35 PM

    To my knowledge, the cop he punched was plain clothed.

    Huge difference in punching a guy in regular clothes trying to grab your hands and restrain you than punching a uniformed police officer.

    Luckily for Alfonso, he’s still innocent until PROVEN guilty. So the haters are just presuming for now.

    and I will be a man and state that I am a Husker fan, so I’m clearly biased. It’d be nice if more people disclosed who they root for. For example, Jets fans are going to be more likely to side with the cops, and Patriot fans are more likely to side with Alfonso.

    I hope that Alfonso does not have his career taken away, because off the field he has not been in trouble. Hopefully, he can learn and grow from this.

  19. tedmurph says: Feb 14, 2013 12:00 AM

    I don’t know exactly what happened, but in every story on this site about Dennard, they continue to omit the fact that the officer was in plain clothes and apparently didn’t identify himself as a police officer. Makes a big difference.

  20. nodindenver says: Feb 14, 2013 1:54 AM

    Huskers going back to the L. Phillips days or what? Where is Tommy O?

  21. nathanbetz91 says: Feb 14, 2013 2:13 AM

    Could be sentanced to 5 years but I bet he won’t even serve a year. just like this country our judicial system is ridiculously biased when it comes to this sort of stuff.if I go punch a cop I would probably serve that full sentence but if I played professional sports its my get out of jail free card

  22. contraisloosebuthole says: Feb 14, 2013 2:17 AM

    Normally I like to see pro athletes get what is coming to them but this is sounding kind of fishy. Most cops are worthless a-holes anyway. They always lie and fabricate stories to convict whomever they need to (white, black, whoever).

  23. Slim Charles says: Feb 14, 2013 3:19 AM

    I guess Dennard should consider himself lucky he wasn’t burned alive, because that’s what police are allowed to do now.

  24. joetoronto says: Feb 14, 2013 4:54 AM

    At the nd of the day, he has two cops testifying against him, it’s his word against theirs.

    Guess who’s going to win?

  25. mccourty1sland says: Feb 14, 2013 5:37 AM

    We need this guy but if he did it he needs to get spanked

  26. bluestar4ever says: Feb 14, 2013 5:47 AM

    jsesquire says:
    Feb 13, 2013 10:48 PM
    A cop saw a fellow officer get punched and RAN!?!? Doesn’t sound like any cop I’ve ever met.

    It means he was running towards the scene, not away from it. Idiot

  27. bluestar4ever says: Feb 14, 2013 5:52 AM

    j0esixpack says:
    Feb 13, 2013 9:36 PM
    I don’t know all the facts, but it seems like Dennard is a good kid without any history of this sort of thing

    Yeah a good kid totally gets ejected from the Capital One Bowl for punching Alshon Jeffery, then at South Carolina and now with the Bears. Seems like Dennard has a history of punching people when he get angry, which makes the charges a bit more believable.

  28. pftwstbshmc says: Feb 14, 2013 6:10 AM

    higgy1 says:
    Feb 13, 2013 9:25 PM
    I hope they send a message to all the players, YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW !!!!!!

    Hey Higgy, neither are cops.

  29. lolo376 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:17 AM

    They keep forgetting to mention that it was an off duty officer in plain clothing, smh

  30. logast says: Feb 14, 2013 7:59 AM

    The cop haters here should be ashamed. Especially the clown celebrating the piece of excrement in California that murdered two police officers, two citizens and wounded two more officers.

  31. crazycane says: Feb 14, 2013 8:07 AM

    I hope they send a message to all the players, YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW !!!!!!
    —–
    YEAH!! Only cops think they are above it!!!

  32. snaponrules says: Feb 14, 2013 8:23 AM

    Just another outstanding high character UNL player.
    I am glad the DA is pushing this hard. These guy get away with everything in Lincoln.
    Maybe the DA is trying to set an example for the school. These kids have had everything swept under the rugs their entire time in Lincoln. Kids like L. Phillips, R. Incognito and N. Suh are just a few examples of the “high Character” guys, do you think they only became bad after they got to the NFL? No they were doing all the same things for 4 years, it just gets “taken care of” while here in Lincoln.

  33. rockthered1286 says: Feb 14, 2013 8:29 AM

    It’s the NFL boys.The league where you can go out til 3am pounding tequila shots, slam your car into parked vehicles, flee the scene, run home and beat your wife since its somehow her fault, go smoke a doobie to calm your nerves, and still play a full 16 game season without so much as a slap on the wrist. Regardless of whether he punched, kicked, or slapped a cop and called him silly- he will play a full season in 2013.

  34. tcmiller30 says: Feb 14, 2013 8:34 AM

    I’m not saying he did or didn’t hit the cop, but it’s amazing how many people posting on here seem to have it out for cops. Sure, there are probably some bad ones, but I’d be willing to bet they are significantly outnumbered by the ones who work to keep us all safe.

    So just as we all wait to get the facts before calling this kid a criminal, how about we wait before calling these cops corrupt to, ya?

  35. thejohnsmith1122 says: Feb 14, 2013 8:38 AM

    This trial is bogus. I’m glad Dennard is fighting it rather than taking a plea bargain.

    Everything about this sounds fishy…

    How did the 2nd officer even know that person was a cop to begin with? The cop who got punched was in plain clothing, so from a distance it would just look like a regular person trying to break up a fight. And if he was close enough to “hear” the 1st officer introduce himself as the police then he should’ve already been running to back up his “collegue”.

    This trial will end just like AP’s. It’ll just make cops everywhere else look less credible.

  36. bradwins says: Feb 14, 2013 8:46 AM

    Who would have LESS credibility than another cop? A gypsy?

  37. mdsteved says: Feb 14, 2013 8:50 AM

    Yeah a good kid totally gets ejected from the Capital One Bowl for punching Alshon Jeffery, then at South Carolina and now with the Bears. Seems like Dennard has a history of punching people when he get angry, which makes the charges a bit more believable.

    After Jeffery punched him twice first…familiar with Google, you may want to try it before you post such drivel.

  38. bartlettruss says: Feb 14, 2013 8:50 AM

    The cop who was allegedly punched said he didn’t have a partner with him. Or at least that was what was reported yesterday.

  39. keepounding1234 says: Feb 14, 2013 8:52 AM

    Okay. The second cop says he ran over after he saw him get punched. Why wasn’t he assisting before he got punched? Was he just watching? Something just doesn’t seem right. I hope he walks.

  40. packerbadger says: Feb 14, 2013 9:29 AM

    If a cop said it, it has to be true.

  41. azarkhan says: Feb 14, 2013 9:53 AM

    j0esixpack says: I don’t know all the facts, but it seems like Dennard is a good kid without any history of this sort of thing

    Right, you don’t know all the facts. No “history of this sort of thing”? Since he’s on trial now for “this sort of thing”, I’d say he now has said history.

  42. mwindle1973 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:21 AM

    joetoronto says: Feb 14, 2013 4:54 AM

    At the nd of the day, he has two cops testifying against him, it’s his word against theirs.

    Guess who’s going to win?

    ——————-

    Well you’re assuming that the defense has no witnesses.

  43. bullcharger says: Feb 14, 2013 10:32 AM

    Apparently the cops were plain clothes and off duty.

    If that is true and they didn’t announce they were cops, then he was just punching a guy that grabbed him.

    To me that is key whether he actually punched the guy or not.

    Of course the other officer would back up the story. That’s a no brainer. All the defense needs is one person to say that there was no punch and that testimony will be a wash.

  44. rushmatic says: Feb 14, 2013 5:06 PM

    logast says:

    The cop haters here should be ashamed. Especially the clown celebrating the piece of excrement in California that murdered two police officers, two citizens and wounded two more officers.

    ___________

    Man, I wish I still lived in a bubble.

  45. billslane93 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:49 PM

    people are so quick to judge fonzie…people don’t realize the cop was off-duty and out of uniform, dennard didn’t even know he was a cop.

    does that make it ok to punch someone? no. but he doesn’t deserve all this negativity, he’s a good kid

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