Armstrong County Man Claims State Police Beat Him

RURAL VALLEY (KDKA) — Josey Hawkins, 20, of Rural Valley, in Armstrong County, is recovering at home after suffering a concussion, sprained neck and abrasions on the head, face and back.

Hawkins told KDKA-TV that he was repeatedly sucker punched by a state trooper at the Kittanning Barracks on Wednesday, when he was brought in for questioning about a crime, which he knew nothing about.

“After the first hit, I yelled, ‘Get him off me!’ And he got three more hits in before the corporal came in and then another cop came in and pulled him off me,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins concedes that he may have done something which may be misconstrued. When he was being roughed up, he was pinned against a chair and his foot was on the trooper’s leg. Kerry Hawkins, Josey’s dad, told KDKA-TV that he’s been told his son may face a charge of assaulting a police officer because of that.

The elder Hawkins says that makes no sense to him, because if officials believed his son really assaulted an officer, why would they have released him from custody?

A supervisor at the Kittanning State Police confirm that an incident did occur there Wednesday, and it’s under investigation. Calls to the Armstrong County District Attorney and to State Police headquarters in Harrisburg were not returned to KDKA-TV.

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  1. angry tax payer says:

    imagine that i went thru a bunch of b.s. too armstrong county state police need investigated they pull dirty tricks all the time and harrisburg investigates and tells you its been taken care of bull i dont belive it….

  2. USA Ashley says:

    That’s what you get for wearing a USA windbreaker.

  3. Roberta Weightman says:

    Right is still right n wrong is still wrong. Just like the truth or a lie. I T IS WHAT IT IS.. D oesnt matter where u work or what color u r. W HAT SHOULD MATTER IS WHATS RIGHT OR WRONG.

  4. Eric says:

    I am with John…..that is FUNNY. Call KD and ask what happened to that twit and they will tell you its been taken care of…..HAHAHA.

  5. RedMosquito2 says:

    The problem: Most cops are a pink slip away from the fast-food industry, but hey, here’s a gun. The “public servant” involved should be castrated if found to be negligent. Put stiffer penalties in place for LEO, bet that will stop these Gestapo type incidents.

  6. Mary says:

    Ford City police should be next on the list to be investigated. They are the most crooked bunch of cops in the area. They give the men who truly protect the public a bad name. Shame on them.

    1. FC resident says:

      AMEN! we need a KD investigation on the FC police!

  7. Colombo says:

    The state police should be called in to find the cop shooter in Clairton, they could keep beating the wrong guy until they get the right one.

  8. RSQ says:

    HIS DAD SHOULD OF SMACKED HIM UPSIDE THE HEAD FOR PUTTING HIMSELF IN THAT POSITION BLAME SOMEONE ELSE FOR YOUR STUPIDY AND HIS OLD MAN STICKS UP FOR HIM ANOTHER MILLION DOLLAR LAW SUIT HE IS HIDING HIS FACE TO KEEP FROM LAUGHING HE KNOWS HE IS GONNA GET PAID BRING BACK THE GOOD OLD DAYS WHEN PARENTS WERE ALLOWED TO CORRECT THERE KIDS

    1. SCOTT says:

      BLAME SOMEONE ELSE?THE COP PUNCHED HIM IN THE HEAD. YOU KNOW YOU ARE WHY A BROTHER AND SISTER SHOULD NOT HAVE CHILDREN

    2. Jim says:

      i know this kid and his parents theres one thing Josey isnt and thats a liar so before you go and say all of this stuff you should know his parents and his family and also he didnt do anything, it was because some other kids robbed a camp ground and someone said he was there or something but he wasn’t so before you go criticizing his parents or him you should really know him

  9. Geekboy says:

    Nothing uglier than a tattooed neck….What a geek

    1. FC resident says:

      LIES…

  10. Jackie says:

    The tattoo is the Chineese symbol for twin. Josey has an identical twin. He’s a good kid. What that cop did was wrong. He’s a family friend and has been for a long time. I think it’s about time that someone stands up to the crooked cops out there. It’s not right for them to treat people like that!

    1. poop says:

      Good kids don’t get picked up for queation. here take a look http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJ.aspx

      1. Josey Hawkins says:

        Queation???? I think you meant question there poop HAHA

    2. Geekboy says:

      He should get another one that means a$$ brain in english

    3. Dorks says:

      Great,two of the dorks

      1. The Outlaw Josey Hawkins says:

        Oh geez, Geekboy and Dorks, i feel like im at comic con😄

  11. Josey Hawkins says:

    nothing geekier than a guy named Geekboy haha And im sorry RSQ, were not all 130 years old like yourself. Thank you Jackie

    1. Geekboy says:

      Yeah, like that’s my real name,you moron….the kid’s a loser

      1. Josey Hawkins says:

        Well i would hope thats not your real name haha If thats what you want to call your self on the computer then there thats fine, i have a couple guesses to what your “real” name should be but ill just keep that to myself. You know the last person that called me a loser was mad because i mad fun of his boyfriend, I think i recoqnize you HAHAHA

  12. The Outlaw Josey Hawkins says:

    This kid skipped school and is a suspect in some thefts. That alone gives his story a ton of credibility. Also, if a State Trooper punched him four times in the face, you would think it would leave a mark. This kid obviously needs to shave. His parents never disciplined him, you can tell. He will be in jail inside of two years. Bank on it.

    1. scott says:

      HEY MORON HE IS NOT A SUSPECT AND WAS NOT CHARGED WITH ANYTHING. AND HE SKIPPED SCHOOL NO ONE EVER DID THAT BEFORE.I SAW THE PICTURES WHEN HE GOT HOME .HIS PARENTS NEVER DISCIPLINED YOU ARE WRONG MORON .ABOUT BEING IN JAIL IN TWO YEARS I DON’T THINK SO.WHY ARE YOU SO ANGRY DID YOUR BOY FREIND LEAVE YOU SHOULD GO TO THE NEAREST GAY BAR AND YOUR SELF A NEW MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. Scott and Josey sitting in a tree says:

        Even though you used all capital letters, I feel like your lack of education is still obvious to anyone reading this website. Use the link someone else posted below to look at his criminal history. His behavior is escalating, and it is painfully obvious that he has been the victim of nothing but poor parenting, just like nearly every other criminal.

      2. poop says:

        Lots of kids skip school but how many get fined for it and many get charged with possesion with intent to sell

  13. KC says:

    This story is so one sided, this individual is a suspected criminal, if your family was targeted, you would call the police and be treated fairly. Obviously he is not a honest credible person. I am an Armstrong County resident and am proud of our state police and district attorney, I am sure the truth will come out in this situation. Also, I am willing to bet that all of you complaining about the state police have been arrested a time or too, if you dont like it here then move! And kid if you break into my house watch out, you’ll get more than punched in the face. His parents should be ashamed of themselves if this was my son I would not go to the news with this, I would be kicking his a##!! ( and yes I have a son)

    1. scott says:

      kc i live in armstrong county also near kittanning proud of our state police like the ones that were fired because they were at a strip club?yeah how could you not be proud.and the districi attorney he is a bigger joke then the state police and for the record he was never arrested or charged with anything so someday your son gets beat on it will be ok since yiu are so much in love with them(moron).you write like one of these doughnut eating morons.the truth will come out but not the way your pea sized brain thinks it will.by the way i am his uncle . if you think it is alright to do this why not try to me.just make sure you don’t wear your rent-a-cop uniform and you don’t have your dime store badge,if you are a cop in kittanning or ford city that means you were not good enough to be a real cop in town that is not a sewer hole then again rats like the sewer so i guess you are were you should be with the other bottom feeding rodents.up yours moron.

    2. testies says:

      he never broke into anywhere and why dont you go see what your son is doing right now cause i bet you any money it an’t godly its funny how people think they are better parents then other people just because their son or daughter just hasnt got caught doing what they do………..

  14. bootys says:

    KC your an idiot

  15. AK says:

    The police already said that an incident did happen so even though there were no marks obviously something controversial happened. No one has the right to hit another person over suspicion of theft. Even if he did steal something, you’re innocent until proven guilty and he was not proven guilty. Anyone who has had an encounter with ford city or the state police in Kittanning know that they’re crooked so stop sticking up for injustice.

    1. Justice says:

      I was pepper sprayed in the back seat of a PSP squad car and not giving any medical care for 1-2 hours while hand cuffed in 2005. the officer said he thought he herd me trying to kick out the back window. He did this to me out of ANGER. I was just sitting there. No charges ever came up against these officers. They do what ever they want because they have badges and they know they can get away with it.

      1. testies says:

        if you didnt know him it would seem like he is lying but hes a nevus guy when it come to talking to people he does not know and hes just nevus being infront of the camra

      2. Justice says:

        This is the same PSP dept

      3. Justice says:

        Badge lets lets you get away with anything. How sad.

  16. OINK says:

    whats strange is that this kid was in the paper and all he got out of all of these charges was harassment? im sorry but if you hit a state officer your going to get alot more than a harassment charge, you a$$ is going awasy for a long long time. something smells funny here, and i think its bacon cooking on the stove. read the paper, that will tell you who the guilty party is here

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