Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Racial Profiling Alive and Well in Rochester, NY (VIDEO)

Rochester, NY's Boys in Blue

By Davy V.

If you're black in Rochester, NY you're likely to be racially profiled, illegally searched, thrown to the ground, and have your constitutional rights violated by Rochester, NY Police officers.

All for being BWW.

Black While Walking.

Rochester, NY Police Mobile Command Unit
conducting intense racial profiling.
With the weather finally breaking, and temperatures rising, Rochester, NY Police will no doubt intensify their "Operation Cool Down", which former Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard introduced a couple of years ago, and which basically gives already, prejudiced, and racist white RPD officers, even more of an excuse to racially profile minorities.

“If you’re riding a bike and it doesn’t have a bell, we’re going to stop you. If it doesn’t have lights, we’re going to stop you. Tail light’s out – we’re going to stop you, If you’re on a corner and we think you’re engaged in criminal activity, we’re going to stop you," former Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said last year.
Two Rochester, NY Police officers
profile African-Americans
with the assistance of camera above.

“We're going to be clearing corners. We're going to be checking for guns. We're going to be doing the traffic stops and the bike stops, all those things because we know we have to set the tone and set it early,” Sheppard said.

And, although at first it sounds like good, proactive police work, what the Rochester Police department, and City officials, including mayor Lovely Warren don't want taxpayers to know, is just how many innocent citizens ate being racially profiled, harassed, and abused in inner city neighborhoods, simply for being Black While Walking.

Or Black While Riding.

Or Black While Driviing.

Or, as was the case with Benny Warr, an African-American, disabled, one-legged amputee who was picked up off his motorized wheelchair, slammed to the sidewalk, pepper sprayed and beaten by white Rochester, NY Police officers while waiting for the city bus, BLACK WHILE STANDING.

The video below shows a preview of what African-Americans can expect as the weather gets nicer.

It shows a black young man laying flat on a sidewalk on Thurston Rd., handcuffed, while at least one white Rochester Police officer searches him, before putting him on the back of a police cruiser, Monday afternoon.

To all the African-Americans who voted for Lovely Warren, Rochester, NY's first African-American female mayor, just know, that Lovely Warren is not only fully aware of the Rochester Police department racially profiling African-Americans, but even more disturbing, she completely approves of it.

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Click Play to watch video of Rochester, NY Police officers Anthony Liberatore, Joseph Ferrigno, and Mitchell Stewart II, beating disabled, one-legged amputee


 



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Monday, April 7, 2014

Rochester, NY Police Profile, Illegally Detain, Harass and Assault Musician

Harry Allen

By Davy V.

If you've been to open mic nights at Johnny's Irish Pub on Culver Rd. in Rochester, NY, you may have seen Harry Allen.

The cowboy hat wearing musician enjoys occasionally playing the harmonica on open mic
Thursdays.

Last Thursday night, Harry was walking home after playing at Johnny's, when he was stopped by two Rochester, NY Police officers, on Merchants Rd.

"I was doing no harm, just walking home," said Allen.

"They pulled up alongside me as I was walking down the sidewalk, they asked me what I was doing, where I was going and asked for ID, I politely said I was just going home and that I lived just around the corner and attempted to proceed walking."

"They (the officers) rushed around me, grabbed me and asked me for my 'papers'", Harry said, adding, "Again, I repeated 'I'm just going home', and did not have to show them anything."

"They forcibly grabbed me, and took my backpack, after I told them they were only harmonicas and proceeded to search my person, reaching into my pockets, practically pulling my pants down, grabbed my wallet, searching every little pocket, then found my ID."

"Unfortunately I had an outstanding bench warrant due to a missed court date for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle."

Allen was arrested and taken to jail, where he was bailed out a few hours later.

Ok, let me make something clear here.

Harry Allen was doing nothing wrong when he was walking home after a night of playing his harmonica.

The Rochester Police officers who stopped him, as he was walking home, had no probable cause to stop him.

And given the Rochester, NY Police department's history of profiling, illegally detaining, and falsely arresting innocent people, I have next to no doubt that those officers didn't have ANY reasonable suspicion that Allen was either committing a crime (HE WAS SIMPLY WALKING), or about to commit a crime (HE WAS SIMPLY WALKING), or that he had committed a crime, all necessary for a police officer to detain someone.

What poor Harry didn't know is that once stopped by the Rochester Police officers, he should have immediately asked them a simple question.

"Am I being detained?"

This forces the officer(s) to either say yes, or no.

If the officer(s) respond "yes", then Harry Allen's next question to tend officer(s) should have been:

"For what crime?"

Actually although I don't recommend getting sarcastic with a low I.Q., overzealous trigger-happy Rochester, NY cop, a better question wold be: "For what? Walking?"

I guess technically that's two questions... but who's counting?

If on the other hand, when Harry asks the officer(s) "Am I being detained?", if the officer(s) respond "No", then Harry would have been bake to simply walk away.

Of course, in Harry's case, he had the outstanding warrant, which again, had NOTHING to do with the fact that the Rochester Police officers illegally, and unconstitutionally stopped him, WITHOUT PROBABLE CAUSE.

NOTE: ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS IN THE EVENT THAT YOU, OR YOUR LOVED ONE IS STOPPED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Again, Harry Allen was doing NOTHING wrong.

The fact that Allen happened to have an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor, had nothing to do with the fact that the RPD officers stopped him.

He wasn't driving.

He was walking.

And the cops didn't know he had a warrant when they profiled him, and decided to stop him.

In fact, it wasn't until the officers found Allen's ID, then ran a '29' on Allen, which basically means inputting his name in their database, that they learned that Allen had an outstanding warrant.

But up until that point, the Rochester Police officers had NO probable cause to stop, let alone detain Allen.

The officers obviously profiled Allen.

They saw a man, walking late at night, wearing a cowboy hat, and carrying a backpack, and they stopped him.

Once again, the Rochester, NY Police department lives up to their well known history and reputation of profiling, harassing, and abusing innocent citizens.

Like a guy wearing a cowboy hat, waking down the street, minding his own business.

I mean in a city known as the “Murder Capital of New York State", where murderers, and rapists roam the streets as cold case files fill some Rochester Police file cabinet, it's so reassuring to see that Rochester Police officers would rather misuse our hard earned taxpayer dollars harassing some harmonica playing, middle age man walking home, than catch real criminals.






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Monday, March 17, 2014

Video Shows Rochester, NY Police officers Kneeing and Punching Man after Juicy J. Concert


Rochester, NY Police officers
kneeing and punching man


By Davy V.

A video posted to Facebook shows a man being pinned on the hood of a Rochester, NY Police cruiser, while three Rochester Police officers are kneeing and punching him.

Although the video is not the best quality, and very shaky as the person recording it is moving around a lot, it doesn't appear to show the man offering any type of resistance.

The incident took place Sunday night after the Juicy J. concert at the Main Street Armory, on East Main Street in Rochester.

As you can see in the video below, at about the :12 second mark of the video, a Rochester Police officer punches the man several times.

Around the :17 second mark of the video, the Rochester Police officer closest to the camera turns around and looks at the camera, his face nearly covered entirely, except for his eyes.


Rochester, NY Police officer, his face covered by mask,
realizes someone is video recording
It is not known why the Rochester Police officers had stooped the man.

Near the end of the video, at least one Rochester Police officer makes a bee line straight to the person recording the video, in what looks like an intimidation tactic to either get the person to stop video recording, or force him to move back in order to make it harder to capture the abuse.

As you can see in the video, the RPD cop's intimidation tactics seem to work, as the person recording, continues to move further she further back, until the video stops.

In my upcoming book, which will focus on citizens' first amendment right to photograph and video record law enforcement officers, I will share advice and tips on recording and documenting police officers, and incidents of police abuse such as this one.

One of the most important things to always remember when recording cops, and something I will talk about in my book, is to ALWAYS keep the camera, cell phone, or other recording device on the subject or subjects.

In other words, never take the camera's focus off the action.

And never, ever allow police to intimidate you, and stop you from documenting their actions.

As long as you are not interfering with them, and as long as you remain at a safe distance, IT IS YOUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO RECORD!



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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Were Rochester, NY Police officers Drinking during St. Patrick's Day Festivities?


Several Rochester, NY Police officers
hanging out in front of
Murphy's Law Bar


By Davy V.

Several people contacted me Saturday afternoon, to tell me they observed Rochester, NY Police officers congregating and going in and out of bars in Rochester's East End District.

Some of those same people also said they saw Rochester Police officers drinking out of plastic red Solo cups.

While it is unknown what exactly those Rochester Police officers were drinking, it's a well a known fact that about the only liquid put in and drank from a red Solo cup, is alcohol.

Especially on St. Patrick's Day.

Many festival goers also expressed an uneasy feeling at the amount of Rochester, NY Police officers, as they described, "hanging out in packs" on East Avenue.

One woman said she felt very uncomfortable.


Rochester, NY taxpayer dollars at work
"They looked more like gang members than police officers," the woman told me.

"They seemed to be looking for someone to pounce on."


Hangin' Out.

Rochester, NY Police department's
Mobile Command Unit'
on East Ave.
Another woman said several Rochester Police officers were more interested in flirting with females enjoying St. Patrick's Day festivities, than protecting and serving,

"The officers were gawking women who walked by," said the woman.

"They were acting like a bunch of horny high school teens, very unprofessional."

There you have it Rochester, NY... your hard earned taxpayer dollars at work.







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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante's Son's, Disturbing, Racist Comments on Social Media; "Fuck you towelheads..."

An RPD Cop in the Making?
John DiFante


By Davy V.

They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

I don't know Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante personally.

Other than a disturbing photo I exposed, that his daughter took then posted to social media, showing Sgt. DiFante's Rochester Police cruiser parked inside his home's garage, hidden out of view, in order not to draw attention to the fact that taxpayers are paying for Sgt. DiFante's daily commute from his home in Batavia, NY to Rochester, then back to Batavia, I don't really know Sgt. DiFante.

Then there was the other photo I exposed, which shows his son John DiFante, posing for a photo near a swimming pool, wearing his fathers Rochester Police department issued firearm, holster, and police radio, while a little girl looks on in the background.


John DiFante's racist post and thread...
'just finished celebrating the death of osama binladin, thats right
fuck you towelheads."
Again, I don't really know Rochester Police Sgt. DiFante.

All I know is that Sgt. DiFante seems to have a blatant disregard for Rochester taxpayers, and a very irresponsible, reckless behavior, allowing his kids to handle, possess, and pose with a department issued firearm, possibly putting an innocent little girl's life at risk.

Well, if Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante's son, John DiFante, who is in the military, ever decides to follow in his dad's footsteps, and become a police officer, a disturbing racist comment he posted on Facebook, followed by a thread of comments by him and at least two other individuals, shows just what kind of police officer he will be.

"Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante's son and daughter
pose with his department issued firearm, holster, and taser
while innocent little girl looks on.
The comment, which was sent to me by the same anonymous person who sent me the photos of Sgt. DiFante's RPD cruiser parked in his garage, as well as the photo of the younger DiFante posing with his dad's RPD issued firearm, seems to have been posted after Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by U.S. forces.

As you can see in the photo to the right, John DiFante writes; "just finished celebrating the death of osama binladin, thats right fuck you towelheads."

Rochester, NY Police Sgt.
David DiFante's cruiser
hidden in his home's garage.
Below the comment by John DiFante, an individual named Matt Clor, whose profile photo shows him dresses in a U.S. military uniform comments; "Fucking hate towel heads!!!"

John DiFante then writes; "yeaaa buddy"

Then another individual name Jacob Thomas Bell writes; "Sand Niggers aren't real people.

In another photo I exposed (link below) Sgt. DiFante's son seems to
also have bullied another kid in school.

An individual posts the following comment: "lol heard you beat some fat ass nd kid."

Sgt. DiFante's son replies, " hell yeah".

Not only are the comments racist and disturbing, but when one steps back and looks at how Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante displayed extremely poor judgement by carelessly and recklessly allowing his son to play with, possess, and pose with his firearm, then when one looks at the amount of racist hatred that his son harbors, one has to wonder where he learned it.

Rochester, NY Police Sgt.
David DiFante.


Update: On Monday I was contacted by Rochester, NY Police
Sgt. Kavanaugh of the department's Professional Standards Section (PSS).

We spoke for over a half hour, and Sgt. Kavanaugh, who was very professional and courteous,  told me that they are conducting an investigation into Sgt. DiFante's actions.



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Click link below to read my original piece on Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante's son posing with his dad's RPD issued firearm.

http://davyv.blogspot.com/2014/03/rochester-ny-police-sgt-allows-family.html





Note: While there's been a lot of talk and debate over the use of photos which people post on social media sites, i.e.; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. it's really quite simple.

You don't have any reasonable expectation of privacy in photos or statements made on the Web.  

It's a bit like posting a lost dog poster in a coffee shop or posting a 'For Sale' sign at a laundromat, or even putting out your photos on the coffee table.

You give up your right to claim intrusion when you invite public people to see them. 

And, posting photos like the ones above, which were posted on Facebook under 'Public' settings, is inviting well, the public, to see them.

And share them.

Simply put... If you don't want your photos getting out in the public domain... Don't put them out there for the world to see.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Allows Family Members to Play, and Pose for Photos with his Department Issued Firearm, Photos then Posted on Social Media

Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante's son and daughter
pose with his department issued firearm, holster, and taser
while innocent little girl looks on.


By Davy V.

Just hours after I exposed a photo which Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante's daughter posted on social media showing his official police cruiser, parked inside their home's garage, an anonymous person contacted me with two more disturbing photos.

As you can see in the third photo on the right, which seems to be from RPD Sgt. DiFante's son John DiFante's Facebook page, it appears that Sgt. DiFante took his son to a shooting range.

Photo comments
While there may be nothing wrong with a father taking his son to a shooting range, the photo shows that the target is a "Rochester, NY Police Department Silhouette Target", meaning that Rochester Police Sgt. David DiFante allowed his son to shoot at a range which is for law enforcement professionals, i.e.; Rochester Police officers.

Not their family members.

As you can see in the photo, a woman asks Sgt. DiFante's son "U did that? OMG."

John DiFante replies, "yes mam ;)", taking credit for firing the bullet holes seen in the RPD target.

It is unclear what firearm Sgt. DiFante's son John used, which brings us to the other photo that was sent to me.

This photo, (top) which according to the Facebook post, is from 2009, is the one I really find disturbing, for several reasons.
Rochester, NY Police "Silhouette Target"
which RPD Sgt. David DiFante's son fired at.

First, the obvious.

The photo shows Rochester Police Sgt. David DiFante's son wearing his father's RPD issued firearm, and holster, around his waist as he's poising with his sister, who is wearing Sgt. DiFante's RPD events vest, while holding what appears to be a handheld taser.

But let's get back to the firearm.

Why would Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante allow his son, a minor at the time the photo was taken, to handle, and pose with his official, Rochester Police issued firearm?

"U did that? OMG"... "
"yes mam:)"
Isn't it Rochester Police department policy that when not on duty, an officer must keep their firearm safely secured and locked away?

I mean certainly I'm sure RPD policy does not condone an officer allowing his children to play with and pose with a department issued firearm.

Or would they?

And was the gun loaded?

If you look closely at the photo, you will see a little girl who must be no more than perhaps 4 or 5 years old.

She is looking at Sgt. DiFante's son and daughter posing for the photo.

Rochester, NY Police Sgt.
David DiFante
If in fact the gun was loaded, I hate to imagine the danger that little girl could be in all because a trained Rochester, NY Police Sgt. irresponsibly allowed his children to pose with his gun.

Among the comments for this photo, Sgt. DiFante's son tells someone " nig I saw you today."

Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Dave DiFante's
police cruiser, parked inside his home's garage.


"nig"?

The individual then responds "lol heard you beat some fat ass nd kid."

Sgt. DiFante's son replies, " hell yeah".

So let's recap.

Not only does Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante misuse hard earned taxpayer dollars, driving his vehicle home, then trying to draw less attention by parking it inside his home's garage, but he also allows his kids, including his, son to handle, wear, and pose for photos with his department issued firearm, just a few feet away from an innocent little girl.

Of course, I'm sure the Rochester, NY Police department, including the new chief, Michael Ciminelli, will sweep this under the rug and downplay it.







Update: On Monday I was contacted by Rochester, NY Police
Sgt. Kavanaugh of the department's Professional Standards Section (PSS).

We spoke for over a half hour, and Sgt. Kavanaugh, who was very professional and courteous,  told me that they are conducting an investigation into Sgt. DiFante's actions.



Rochester, NY Police Lieutenant Aaron Springer treads lightly when I ask him about Sgt. David Difante







Update: I placed a call to Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminelli. I spoke with Karen, his secretary and told her I would like for the Chief to explain to me the RPD's policy when it comes to off-duty posession, handling, and overall safekeeping of department issued firearms.

Karen said she would give the Chief the message and that he or one of his aides would get back to me.



Note: While there's been a lot of talk and debate over the use of photos which people post on social media sites, i.e.; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. it's really quite simple.

You don't have any reasonable expectation of privacy in photos or statements made on the Web.  

It's a bit like posting a lost dog poster in a coffee shop or posting a 'For Sale' sign at a laundromat, or even putting out your photos on the coffee table.

You give up your right to claim intrusion when you invite public people to see them. 

And, posting photos like the ones above, which were posted on Facebook under 'Public' settings, is inviting well, the public, to see them.

And share them.

Simply put... If you don't want your photos getting out in the public domain... Don't put them out there for the world to see.




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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Rochester, NY Taxpayer Dollars at Work: RPD Cop's Daughter Posts Photo of his Police Cruiser, Parked inside Home's Garage

Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Dave DiFante's
police cruiser, parked inside his home's garage.


By Davy V.

Many of you are familiar with my "Rochester, NY Taxpayer Dollars at Work", posts.

Most of them focus on exposing and documenting Rochester, NY Police officers, and other City of Rochester officials misusing taxpayer dollars.

For example, just recently I exposed several RPD cops who regularly leave their police cruisers running, for long periods of time, wasting gas, and taxpayer dollars, while frequenting a popular hangout, the Dunkin' Donuts located at 1691 East Avenue in Rochester.

Another misuse of taxpayer dollars I have talked about is the fact that many Rochester Police officers regularly take their police cruisers home, which includes driving to other counties.
RPD Sgt. DiFante's daughter brags on Instagram
about her dad's miususe of taxpayer dollars.

Many of these same Rochester Police officers will then use their cruisers for personal use, i.e.; shopping, running errands, etc.

A lot of times these Rochester Police officers, knowing it won't look good for taxpayers to see their official police vehicles parked in front of their homes in their driveways every day, will pull their cruisers inside their garages, in order to draw less attention.

When they go to work, they simply hit their garage door opener, and back their cruiser out.

Getting proof, whether on photo or video, of this common practice by Rochester Police officers is not always easy.

But that just changed.

Thanks to Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David DiFante's daughter, who posted a photo on social media.

This weekend, a concerned taxpayer contacted me to tell me about the photo, which was posted by RPD Sgt. David DiFante's daughter on Instagram.

The photo shows Sgt. DiFante's Rochester, NY Police department tactical section police cruiser.

Parked inside their Batavia, NY home's garage.

As you can see in the photo, which according to the Instagram date stamp, was taken 7 weeks ago, Sgt. DiFante's daughter then posted the comment "Okay who stole the RPD car and stowed it in my garage?"

She then added the following 'hashtags' to the photo: "#rpd #cop #popo #tactical #dads #loveit #garage #awesome #ridetoschool #maybe"

Judging by her hashtag comments, "garage" "awesome", etc., Sgt. DiFante's daughter obviously doesn't understand that there's nothing "awesome" about wasting taxpayer dollars.

I wonder where she got the idea that her father's above the law, and blatant disregard for taxpayers hard earned money, was cool.

So there you have it Rochester, NY... your hard earned taxpayer dollars at work.




Update: On Monday I was contacted by Rochester, NY Police
Sgt. Kavanaugh of the department's Professional Standards Section (PSS).

We spoke for over a half hour, and Sgt. Kavanaugh, who was very professional and courteous,  told me that they are conducting an investigation into Sgt. DiFante's actions.


Contact Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminelli and Mayor Lovely Warren and let them know how you feel about Rochester, NY Police officers misusing taxpayer dollars.

RPD Chief Michael Ciminelli (585) 428-7033

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren (585) 428-7045



Note: While there's been a lot of talk and debate over the use of photos which people post on social media sites, i.e.; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. it's really quite simple.

You don't have any reasonable expectation of privacy in photos or statements made on the Web.  

It's a bit like posting a lost dog poster in a coffee shop or posting a 'For Sale' sign at a laundromat, or even putting out your photos on the coffee table.

You give up your right to claim intrusion when you invite public people to see them. 

And, posting photos like the ones above, which were posted on Facebook under 'Public' settings, is inviting well, the public, to see them.

And share them.

Simply put... If you don't want your photos getting out in the public domain... Don't put them out there for the world to see.



Click link below to see Rochester, NY Police officers misusing taxpayer dollars by leaving their cruisers running while at their favorite hangout, Dunkin' Donuts.

http://rpdexposed.blogspot.com/2014/02/rochester-ny-taxpayer-dollars-at-work.html



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