|Rochester, NY Police officers|
after their lunch at Panzari's Italian Bistro.
By now you'd think that Rochester, NY Police officers would realize that their abuse of power and blatant disregard for respecting the same laws, and regulations that you and I are held to, is being documented through photographs and video.
Case in point.
Three Rochester, NY Police officers and an unidentified woman, enjoyed a more than hour long lunch at Panzari's Italian Bistro in Rochester's Corn Hill neighborhood.
|Rochester, NY Police vehicle|
plate number M-67191
They did so with their official police vehicle illegally parked
at an expired parking meter.
Now I know there will be some who will say so what?
Others will even ask what's the big deal?
But that right there is the problem.
It is a big deal!
It seems that some people are quick to give law enforcement a 'free pass' when it comes to situations like this, a simple parking violation.
Some forget that it's these seemingly 'small infractions', which law enforcement officers commit, simply because they can.
Because no one calls them out on it.
Because no one dares to.
As an activist, filmmaker, writer and blogger exposing police misconduct, corruption and the double standards which plague law enforcement, such as the 'do as I say, not as I do', way that many police officers seem to subscribe to, I have noticed that some people only want to see the clear cases of brutality, or corruption.
I have even received messages asking me to video record beatings, and nothing else.
It is precisely that way of thinking, that way of ignoring anything law enforcement officers do, short of beating someone, which has made a lot of people complacent and accepting of smaller examples of law enforcement officers abusing their power and authority.
|Rochester, NY Police officer|
exits restaurant, not to pay for parking,
but to use his cell phone.
And that is why many law enforcement officers, such as these RPD officials, continue to abuse their power.
Unfortunately, some don't stop to think just how double standard and hypocritical it is that these same officers would not hesitate to write them a ticket for a traffic or parking violation, but since they are police officers, they can park wherever they want, whenever they want, however they want.
Simply because they can.
Take, for example, the video below of Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard illegally parked, completely blocking a fire hydrant, and the City of Rochester, NY Parking Enforcement who admitted on video, that he is terrified to issue the Chief a ticket, for fear of losing his job.
|Rochester, NY Police Chief|
So, the next time you or someone you know are quick to give a police officer that 'free pass', or dismiss it as what's the big deal, ask yourself, what would happen if that were me parked at an expired meter?
What would happen to my car if I parked in front of a fire hydrant?
Here's a hint... not only would you be ticketed, but chances are, your vehicle would not be parked there when you returned.
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Click Play to watch the video of City of Rochester, NY Parking Enforcement employee admit that if he writes RPD Chief a ticket, he would lose his job!
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