August 29, 2014

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Officer quits 3 months after Taser reprieve

Daniel Bozsoki had been fired, then reinstated

LORAIN — A Lorain police officer who was returned to the force after being fired for Tasering a prisoner in custody resigned Thursday.
Daniel Bozsoki told Chief Cel Rivera that he was quitting the police department to avoid possible termination for failing to turn in a police report, Rivera said.
When he won an arbitration hearing in April that awarded him his job back after being fired six months earlier, one of the terms the arbitrator put in place was that Bozsoki be put on probation for a year and could be fired again within that period if involved in another incident.
Safety Service Director Mike Kobylka said Thursday that failure to turn in a report is a minor infraction, and Bozsoki likely would not have been fired. Still, he said it was best that Bozsoki is no longer with the department.
“I know there were a lot of angry citizens when he got his job back, and a lot of that anger was directed at me even though I didn’t bring him back,” Kobylka said. “I wish Mr. Bozsoki the best in his future endeavors, and I’m glad that he has decided to take the amicable route of resigning rather than receive additional punishment.”
Last May, Bozsoki used a Taser on Lorain resident Kalian Santiago while Santiago was handcuffed and in the back of a cruiser. Bozsoki did not include the Tasering in the arrest report, tell his supervisor about it or fill out a “use of force” form — all of which are standard procedure.
Rivera fired Bozsoki with Kobylka’s approval after a five-month investigation, but Bozsoki was awarded his job back in April in arbitration, with arbitrator James Mancini writing in his ruling that Bozsoki was a young police officer and previously had an unblemished record. Bozsoki was in his first year as an officer.
Bozsoki also avoided criminal charges after a grand jury decided there wasn’t enough evidence to indict him.
Contact Adam Wright at 329-7151 or awright@chroniclet.com.