Thursday, August 29, 2013

After Video of Rochester, NY officer Lucas Krull Beating a Pregnant Woman Goes Viral, Are Rochester, NY Cops Trying to Send a Message by Having a Black Monkey Hanging from a Cruiser?

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police cruiser,
with a black monkey hanging from it.

You will read this here first, as no other sources,
especially Rochester, NY's Corporate-America run, mainstream news media will  probably not touch this!

An interesting, and disturbing photo has surfaced showing a black, stuffed monkey, or orangutan of some sort, hanging from a Rochester, NY Police cruiser's mirror.

A man walking saw this and took the photo you see on the right.

This comes on the heels where Rochester, NY Police officer was caught on video driving a pregnant woman into a wooden porch railing post, then punches her in the head with a closed fist, and throws her to the ground.

Didturbing comments throught the internet, especially on YouTube, are referring to the woman
who was punched, 21-year old Brenda Haradaway, as a "monkey", other comments go as far as saying that police should have tasered all the "porch monkeys".
Upclose shot of Black Monkey,
hanging from Rochester, NY Police cruiser.

Which is why it's not only very interesting, but extremely
disturbing that Rochester Police officers are driving around
with a black monkey hanging from their car.

I wonder what Chief Sheppard will have to say about this.











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This is not the first time a Rochester, NY Police officer has assaulted a pregnant woman!

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ROCHESTER, NY POLICE CHIEF JAMES SHEPPARD (585) 428-7033

ROCHESTER, NY MAYOR THOMAS RICHARDS (585) 428-7045

ROCHESTER, NY CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOVELY WARREN (585) 428-7538




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Rochester, NY Police officer Lucas Krull Not the First RPD Cop Caught on Video Assaulting a Pregnant Woman

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police officer
knees young pregnant woman,
as her mother watches.

Tuesday night, while working on a story involving an Irondequoit, NY Police officer caught on video harassing a 15-year old skateboarder and his friends, I received message from a young man who follows my work.

"Hey look at the video on my wall smh....."

After clicking the link, and seeing a disturbing video which shows Rochester, NY Police officer Lucas Krull driving a pregnant woman into a wooden porch bannister post, then punch her in the head, before throwing her on the ground, I thought "They did it again."

You see, just a couple of months ago, I came across another disturbing video.

That video, which was posted to YouTube over a year ago, shows another white Rochester, NY Police officer (Lucas Krull is white), assaulting another pregnant, African-American woman, by kneeing her in her mid-section.

However, unlike the video of Rochester Police officer Lucas Krull beating Brenda Hardaway, which I not only helped go viral, but once again forced Rochester's Coroorate-run, mainstream media to finally report on it (they usually ignore anything that shows law enforcement in a bad light, until I take a story national, then they can't ignore it anymore), the video of the RPD officer kneeing the young pregnant woman, did not go viral.

In fact, it barely got a couple of hundred hits.

And of course, Rochester's Corporate news media never reported on it.

Shame on Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, who defended RPD officer Lucas Krull beating a pregnant woman, dismissing Krull's punch to her head as nothing more than a "distractionary technique", meant to "change her channel", and who allows rogue, white officers to abuse, and beat minorities in Rochester, NY, on a daily basis.

Including women.

Pregnant women.

Wake up Rochester, NY!


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http://davyv.blogspot.com/2013/05/video-shows-rochester-ny-police-officer.html



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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rochester, NY Cop Caught on Video Punching Pregnant Woman, and Throwing her on the Ground, is Identified as RPD officer Lucas Krull

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police officer Lucas Krull

The Rochester, NY Police officer who was caught on video driving a pregnant woman into a wooden porch bannister railing, punching her in her head, then throwing her on the ground, has been identified as RPD officer Lucas Krull.

And apparently, despite the fact that he beat a pregnant woman, and that it was captured on video, his boss, RPD Chief James Sheppard defended Krull at a 2 pm news conference held the Public Safety Building.

According to Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, Krull was just doing his job.

"The fact that she may have been pregnant or not, I do not know", said Sheppard.

At a news conference held in the Public Safety Building, Sheppard defended Rochester Police officer punching 21-year old Brenda Hardaway on the side of her head with a closed fist.

Sheppard said the strike was part of a technique used by RPD officers.

"When we receive resistance from an individual, we may strike you in a way that changes your channel so to speak. In a way that changes your resistance.”

"Changes your channel"?

Shepard said that his officers were called to Selye Terrace on Rochester's northwest side for a domestic dispute, and a short time later, placed Hardaway's 16-year old brother, Romengeno Hardaway, under arrest.

Sheppard then said that Brenda Hardaway threatened officers with pepper spray.

At that point, Sheppard said, officer placed Brenda Hardaway under arrest.

RPD Chief James Sheppard, who was in full spin-mode at the press conference looked like a man in denial.

A man who knows that his officers are out of control.

A man who knows that the very same community that he so desperately wants respect from, looks at him for what he is.

A complete hypocrite and sellout.

Look, here's the thing, was the woman resisting?

Perhaps she was.

That doesn't justify, Rochester Police officer Lucas Krull punching her in her head, then throwing her to ground, even though she told officer Krull that she was pregnant.

Perhaps the young man who recorded the video, Henry Loggins, said it best.

"I don't respect any man who puts his hands on a woman, and she's a pregnant woman."


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http://davyv.blogspot.com/2013/08/rochester-ny-police-officer-caught-on.html




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Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard Defends RPD officer Lucas Krull's Beating of a Pregnant Woman which was Caught on Video

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police Chief
James Sheppard
(585) 428-7033

According to Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, officer Lucas Krull, who was caught on video driving a pregnant woman into a porch railing, punching her in her head, then throwing her to the ground, was just doing his job.

"The fact that she may have been pregnant or not, I do not know", said Sheppard.

At a news conference held in the Public Safety Building, Sheppard defended Rochester Police officer punching 21-year old Brenda Hardaway on the side of her head with a closed fist.

Sheppard said the strike was part of a technique used by RPD officers.

"When we receive resistance from an individual, we may strike you in a way that changes your channel so to speak. In a way that changes your resistance.”

"Changes your channel"?

Shepard said that his officers were called to Selye Terrace on Rochester's northwest side for a domestic dispute, and a short time later, placed Hardaway's 16-year old brother, Romengeno Hardaway, under arrest.
Rochester, NY Police officer Lucas Krull
punches Brenda Hardaway in her head.

Sheppard then said that Brenda Hardaway threatened officers with pepper spray.

At that point, Sheppard said, officer placed Brenda Hardaway under arrest.

RPD Chief James Sheppard, who was in full spin-mode at the press conference looked like a man in denial.

A man who knows that his officers are out of control.

A man who knows that the very same community that he so desperately wants respect from, looks at him for what he is.

A complete hypocrite and sellout.

Look, here's the thing, was the woman resisting?

Perhaps she was.

That doesn't justify, Rochester Police officer Lucas Krull punching her in her head, then throwing her to ground, even though she told officer Krull that she was pregnant.

Perhaps the young man who recorded the video, Henry Loggins, said it best.

"I don't respect any man who puts his hands on a woman, and she's a pregnant woman."


Click link to read my original post on this incident

http://davyv.blogspot.com/2013/08/rochester-ny-police-officer-caught-on.html


ROCHESTER, NY POLICE CHIEF JAMES SHEPPARD (585) 428-7033

ROCHESTER, NY MAYOR THOMAS RICHARDS (585) 428-7045

ROCHESTER, NY CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOVELY WARREN (585) 428-7538


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rochester, NY Police officer Caught on Video Beating Pregnant Woman

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police officer
throws pregnant woman to the ground
after punching her in her head.

A video which has surfaced on YouTube shows a Rochester, NY Police officer beating a pregnant woman.

The woman is heard yelling "You're going to kill my baby!", seconds before the Rochester Police officer is seen driving the woman into a wooden porch railing.

The RPD officer is then seen punching the woman with a closed fist, on the right side of her head.


Update:

After calling Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Elena Correia, the department's Public Information Officer (PIO), and being transferred to 5 different individuals, only to be told that Sgt. Correia is on vacation, and asked to leave a message, I was told that RPD Sgt. Hammond is filling in for Correia as PIO.

Rochester, NY Police officer
punches pregnant woman in head.
The officer I spoke with told me he had not heard of the incident, and asked me
how he can look it up.

I told him to just Google "Rochester, NY Police officer Beats Pregnant Woman."

I'm waiting to hear back from Rochester Police Sgt. Hammond.

According to Patrick, in Rochester's ABC affiliate, 13WHAM news channel's newsroom, a video which is going viral showing a Rochester, NY Police officer punching a pregnant woman in the head, then throwing her on the ground, may not be real.

"Before we do anything, we're making sure it's a legit video", Patrick told me, after I called the station, and didn't identify myself.
Closeup of Rochester, NY Police officer
punching pregnant woman in her head.

Why?

Well, I wanted people to see what I have been saying for years, when it comes to Corporate-America run, mainstream news media, and their "Don't bite the hand that feeds you" relationship they have with law enforcement.

You see, mainstream news media depends on law enforcement when it comes to tips, leads, and overall information involving news stories.

Therefore, they are very careful when reporting anything which shows law enforcement in a negative light.

And I'd say that a video of a white Rochester, NY Police officer beating a pregnant African-American woman, punching her in her head with a closed fist, then throwing her on the ground, is not good for that relationship which Rochester's Corporate-America run news media has with the Rochester Police department.

Check out the conversation I had with Patrick in the video below.
Rochester, NY Police officer laughs after his fellow officer
punches pregnant woman and throws her on ground.

Notice how uninterested he actually seems in the story, despite his acting like he is.

If you ask me, I don't even think they contacted the RPD.

When will Rochester, NY's Corporate-America run, mainstream news media report on what is a clear case of excessive force?






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Rochester, NY Police officer who beat pregnant woman, identified as RPD officer Lucas Krull

http://davyv.blogspot.com/2013/08/rochester-ny-cop-caught-on-video.html


Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard defend's officer Lucas Krull beating pregnant woman.

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Update:

Finally, more than 12 hours after I broke this story on my blogs, and on Copblock.org, Rochester's Corporate-America run, mainstream news media decided to report on it, and Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard has set a 2:00 pm news conference to "address" the incident.


Listen to the video below, as Rochester, NY City Council Chief of Staff Andrea Guzzetta refuses to comment on the video, and evades all my questions, even saying the woman may have gone to get a gun!




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ROCHESTER, NY POLICE CHIEF JAMES SHEPPARD (585) 428-7033

ROCHESTER, NY MAYOR THOMAS RICHARDS (585) 428-7045

ROCHESTER, NY CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOVELY WARREN (585) 428-7538


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Rochester, NY Police officer Jonathan M. Kent Caught on Video Violating My First Amendment Rights, at President Obama Visit

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police officer Jonathan M. Kent
Photo by Davy V.

Thursday morning, Air Force One touched down in Buffalo, NY, and within minutes, President Obama was on his way to the University of Buffalo, for what would be the first stop on his two day Education Reform Tour, with an itinerary which in addition to the U of B stop, would also include a stop at a high school in Syracuse. NY.

In between both Upstate, NY cities, folks in Rochester, NY, wondered if the President would make a stop in "The Flower City."

Amidst rumors that President Obama would stop at Nick Tahou Hots, for a world famous "Garbage Plate", dozens gathered outside the 95-year old, Rochester landmark restaurant on West Main Street, as the President's motorcade passed by on interstate 490 East, less than 50 yards away.

Less than 10 minutes later, Ground Force One, the President's $1 Million, armored tour bus pulled in front of Magnolia's Deli and Cafe on Park Avenue, where President Obama surprised patrons, and sat down to have lunch.

Rewind a few hours earlier.

As Rochester's Corporate-America run, mainstream news media had been doing since President Obama announced his tour, I too found myself on standby, with my 12-year old niece, who was excited to see the President, ready to cover the President's visit, with my 12-year old niece, who insisted on tagging along with me, excited at the possibility of seeing the President, should he decide to stop in the ROC.

And, just as Rochester's mainstream news media outlets did, I raced down to Magnolia's Deli, as soon as news broke that the President was in fact heading to the Park Ave. eatery.

However, unlike the group of Rochester's mainstream news media personnel gathered on the corner of Park Ave. and Oxford St., as seen in the videos below, I was selectively targeted, and prohibited from standing on a public sidewalk, next to other media personnel, when Rochester, NY Police officer Jonathan M. Kent, badge number 158, calls me out by my name, (at the 3 minute, 10 second mark of third video below) telling me, "Davy, you have to stand back here."

As you can see in the videos, when I ask RPD officer Kent why he was prohibiting me from standing where other media personnel were standing, he replies, "because they were here earlier, that's why they're allowed to stand there, you're just getting here sir, so you have to stay back here please."
RPD officer Jonathan Kent telling me to get back
Photo by "Six".

Rochester Police officer Jonathan Kent basically said I was late.

Late.

How is it even possible to arrive late to what was in essence, an unplanned, spontaneously announced event?

An event, which according to Rochester, NY Police Lieutenant Frank Umbrino (more on my conversation with him in a bit), the RPD, and his officers, had only learned of President Obama's impromptu visit, just 10 minutes before the President arrived!

RPD officer Jonathan M. Kent
Photo by Davy V.
Now, about Rochester, NY Police Lt. Frank Umbrino.

I have known Umbrino for over 20 years, since he was a rookie.

I have never had a problem with Lt. Umbrino.

RPD officer Jonathan M. Kent, arms crossed,
making sure I did not get through.
Photo by Davy V.
I can honestly say that each and every time I have dealt with Lt. Umbrino, despite the fact that our roles could not be any more opposite, Lt. Umbrino has always been professional, and courteous with me, which is why I was glad to hear his voice on the other end of the phone, when I called to ask for a supervisor regarding the incident with officer Kent.

Not surprising, Lt. Umbrino defended his officer, reiterating something officer Kent said in the videos below.

Lt. Umbrino told me that Secret Service employees had "cleared" the media personnel seen on the video.

I respectfully disagreed with Lt. Umbrino, and reminded him of one of the first things he told me in our conversation.

Lt. Umbrino told me that the President's visit was so short notice that he and his officers only received a 10 minute heads up.

Therefore, I highly doubt that the U.S. Secret Service actually "cleared" individual media personnel.

I mean sure, a perimeter was set up for media personnel, but its not likely, given the short notice of the President's visit, and given everything the Secret Service had on their plate, that they actually took the time to "clear" individual media reporters and camera persons, on a one by one basis.

Then, in what perhaps was the highlight of my conversation with RPD Lt. Umbrino, I asked him if he himself, treated a "mainstream media professional" any different than say someone like myself, not a member of Corporate-America-run news media, but nonetheless a citizen journalist, and a credentialed press correspondent, whose work has a strong presence, in several print media publications, and Internet sites, and whose first book is publishing soon.

Lt. Umbrino's response is perhaps one of the most accurate, on point statements I've ever heard a law enforcement officer say.

"Davy, although members of mainstream media have access to certain events such as press conferences for example, they don't have any more rights than the average citizen, and they don't have any more rights than someone who does what you do."
President Obama aboard Ground Force One,
as it leaves Rochester's Park Ave.
Photo by Davy V.

Well said Lt. Umbrino.

Well said.

Later in the evening, while channel surfing, I came across something I found ironic.

I saw a young man being interviewed, who got to shake President Obama's hand.

"We were just standing on the corner waving then a couple of secret service agents came up and were like hey would you like to have a closer spot? and we were like sure!", said Muhammad Ahsan.

Hmmm.
President Obama waving from inside Ground Force One.
Photo by Davy V.

The United States Secret Service, the President's security, inviting citizens to get closer to the President.

So much for the Secret Service clearing each and every member of the mainstream media, officer Kent, and so much for you being under direct orders from your superiors to keep tight security.

But if the Secret Service inviting folks to get closer to the President is not enough, pay close attention to what is happening directly behind officer Kent, at the same time he is refusing to let me through.

Several individuals, who are not members of the media, including a woman in a blue outfit, are seen walking right through the "restricted", "no one can walk though here" area which officer Kent is supposed to be "guarding."

Another interesting thing, which can also be seen in the first video, is officer Kent giving me a wrong badge number "185", several times, even though his badge number, as you can see on the front of his hat, is "158."

In the end, I don't know what I find more disgusting.

RPD officer Jonathan Kent clearly violating his department's own Code of Ethics by allowing his personal feelings, prejudices, and animosities interfere with his job, and as a result violating my first amendment right, or the individuals who can be heard on the video asking officer Kent to taser me.

There's something very disturbing, and quite eerie, about having one's first amendment rights violated, while people in a crowd yell "Taser him!", as the President of the United States, and the "leader of the free world" is less than 200 feet away.


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rochester, NY Police officer Donald Lodato: "I can't talk to you sir, have a nice day", after I Ask him Why he's Parked illegally

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police officer Donald Lodato
Photo by Davy V.

It's not everyday that I run into a story, while covering a story.

A sort of 2 for 1 if you will.

Well, that's exactly what happened while covering a mini Mayoral candidate debate in Rochester, NY yesterday.

As I was leaving the event, I noticed Rochester, NY Police officer Donald Lodato, badge number 329, standing guard near the rear door of the Lyell Avenue Public Library where the event was being held.
RPD officer Lodato's cruiser "W-53"
illegally parked on Avery St.
Photo by Davy V.

As I walked towards my car, I noticed a Rochester, NY Police cruiser "W-53", illegally parked on the wrong side of Avery Street, facing the opposite way.

Seeing the RPD cruiser illegally parked, reminded me of an incident a couple of years ago where several Rochester, NY Police officers selectively targeted a support meeting for Emily Good, the Rochester woman who made international headlines after she was arrested by RPD officer Mario Masic when she video recorded Masic conducting a racially-profiled traffic stop of an African-American motorist.

Officers, using a pink children's school ruler, measured the distance that the tires of vehicles belonging to citizens attending the meeting (myself included), were parked from the curb, and issued tickets to anyone parked even a half inch over.

So, I turned around, and approached officer Lodato, to ask him why he was parked illegally, and why he thought he could park his cruiser, in such a way.

Take a look at the video, and as always let me say this.

No matter how silly, or petty, you may think it is to question a police officer parked the wrong way on a street, remember the following:

That same police officer, took an oath to serve and protect.

Nothing in that oath grants him the right to be above the law.

Badges don't grant extra rights.

And if that's still not enough, then think about this.

If that was YOUR vehicle parked illegally, chances are it would be towed.

If you're lucky, you might get away with a ticket.




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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom has Shot and Killed Two Innocent Family Pets in 6 Months

By Davy V.

WARNING: 

The photos below, although graphic, and disturbing,
are important, in that they show what Rochester, NY Police officer
Chris Burgstrom is doing to our innocent family pets.
Rochester, NY Police officer
Chris Burgstrom

Rochester, NY U.S. Postal Service mail carriers can go their entire careers delivering mail to tens of thousands of homes, encountering thousands of dogs, and yet never have to use their work-issued pepper spray on one of them.

Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom can't go 6 months without using his department-issued firearms, to kill two family pets, shooting both in their heads.

On Monday January 7, 2013, Steven Jodoin Benus went ice fishing, on Lake Ontario, with his 1 1/2 year old pit-bull terrier, Codi.

Shortly afterwards, Codi wandered off from Steven's friend's house.

Steven spent the next couple of days, covering at least 100 miles looking for his best friend Codi.

On Tuesday January 8, 2013, as Steven was searching for Codi, Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom responded to a call for a lose dog in the area of Beach Ave., near Charlotte Lake Ontario State Park.
Codi

After spotting Codi, Burgstrom hit him with his police cruiser, then chased down the lost, hurt, and scared dog onto a pier, grabbed his department-issued Remington 870 shotgun from his cruiser, walked onto the pier, and shot Codi in the back of the head execution style, after Burgstrom said Codi charged at him.

On July 11, 2013, just 6 months after Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom shot and killed Codi, he shot Cinnamon, a 9-year old Belgian Shepherd, twice in the head, right in front of its owner, Floyd James Jr., a U.S. Army veteran.

James told Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle newspaper reporter Gary McClendon, who was first to report the story, that work crews, who were repaving Flora Street, ordered him to move his truck, which was in their way.

According to James, he tried explaining to the workers that his truck had run out of gas, and therefore he couldn't move it.

After being told by the workers that they had already called for a tow truck to tow James' truck away, James called Rochester Police.

Big mistake.

A few minutes later, Rochester Police officer Chris Burgstrom arrived, and knocked on James' door.

“As I was standing there at the front door, Cinnamon came through my legs and out of the house. She stepped off the porch and toward the truck on the sidewalk. The officer came around the car", said James, adding that RPD officer Burgstrom then began yelling “Get your dog! Get your dog! Get your dog!”

James says the next thing he heard were gunshots.
Codi, after being shot
by RPD officer Chris Burgstrom
(notice entry wound behind head)
Photo by Davy V.

Burgstrom shot Cinnamon twice in her head.

The 53-year old James, who has limited use of his hands, and poor vision as a result of Diabetes, rushed to his bleeding companion, and was grabbed by Rochester Police officers, who handcuffed him, and placed him in the back of an RPD cruiser.

Rochester Police charged James with reckless endangerment for “letting his dog outside after repeated orders by Officer Burgstrom to not do so, causing the risk of serious physical injury.”

Neighbors, who said that Cinnamon was still alive after being shot, believe that she was strangled by a Rochester Animal Services employee, who placed a control pole around her neck.
Exit wound on front of Codi's head.
Photo by Davy V.

Rochester Police denied this, saying that Cinnamon was having seizures, and was put down at Animal Services.

James said that Cinnamon, who was given to him by his daughter-in-law as a companion, was a very nice dog.

James' daughter-in-law, Maraliz James, of Minnesota said, “We had her for two years, she was an indoor dog. She would never even bark at people. I don’t understand why they had to shoot her. She was a very loving dog.”

In court, James was given an "ACD", which stands for Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, which means that the charge of reckless endangerment will be dismissed if James avoids any new charges.

James says he wants officer Burgstrom to answer for killing his dog.
Cinnamon

“She didn’t charge at him, in all of the commotion that morning, I didn’t have a chance to let Cinnamon go to the bathroom, I was preoccupied. She just wanted to use the bathroom," said James.

On July 13, 2013, just two days after officer Burgstrom shot and killed his companion, Rochester Police arrested James for what they claimed were threatening calls from an untraceable phone, they believed to be James, said RPD Spokesperson Elena Correia.

Correia is the same woman who, during a phone conversation with me, in January, when Burgstrom shot and killed Codi, justified Burgstrom's actions.

Rochester Police now acknowledge that those calls to 911 had no connection to James.

According to RPD Sgt. Correia, 911 operators received a phone call from a suicidal male who said that he was 34 years old and wanted a police officer was to shoot him by him "running toward a cop,” and “reaching at them” at Rochester's annual Corn Hill Arts Festival.

Sgt. Correia also said the caller mumbled a name that sounded like “Franklin Jermaine.”

Several Rochester, NY Police officers went to the Corn Hill Festival, but could not find the caller.

“The officers, knowing that Floyd James was extremely upset over the recent situation, detained Floyd James because RPD believed he fit the description of the caller,” Correia said.

I don't know what I find more disgusting.

The fact that Rochester Police officers arrested a man, with no proof, a man whose dog they had just executed two days earlier, or that Rochester Police Sgt. Elena Correia justified the arrest, saying "the officers, knowing that Floyd was extremely upset over the recent situation..."

What "recent situation" Sgt. Correia?

That your trigger-happy cop, the same trigger-happy cop who struck, then chased down a scared, lost dog onto a frozen, snow covered pier, and shot him in the back of his head, just 6 months later shot and killed another innocent, loving family pet?
Rochester, NY Police Chief
James Sheppard
(585) 428-7033

That "recent situation"?

Rochester Police then illegally entered James' home without a warrant.

James says he told officers that he did not call 911 that morning, but RPD officers handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a cruiser, then drove away.

Rochester Police claim they arrested James under mental hygiene.

“He never showed up in the hospital or the police station,” said James' wife, Donna Hodgins-James, who said she and a neighbor went looking for her husband.

“How are they going to help him with mental hygiene without taking him to the hospital?”

The answer is, because the RPD officers didn't take James to the hospital.

Instead, RPD officers drove James to an isolated area on the banks of Rochester's Genesee River.
RPD West Division CommanderTim List.
Oversees division where
RPD officer  Chris Burgstrom works.
(585) 428-9810

Rochester Police officers then questioned James, who said he was handcuffed, but not injured.

After a while, James said RPD officers "uncuffed me, took me out of one car, and put me in the other car, and that other car took me home."

So what did Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Elena Correia have to say about her officers illegally entering James' home, and kidnapping him, then driving him to a secluded area along a river?

Correia said that given the shooting of Cinnamon just two days earlier, and neighbors being on the street, “It was starting to get to be a hostile environment, so the officers decided to just go around the corner on Flint Street, just to make sure that they would be able to handle the situation safely.”

Correia added “While he (James) was detained, 911 received another call from the alleged suicidal male at which point they released Mr. James. The officers acted in good faith by reaching out and providing assistance.”

James is not buying it.

“The non-professionalism of the officers is my concern,” said James.
Rochester, NY Mayor Thomas Richards
(585) 428-7045

His wife agrees.

“They entered his house without a warrant,” she said. “I don’t think they have the right to go into your home and forcibly remove you when you say you didn’t call for help. The man said he didn’t make the calls. That should have been enough.”

They don't ma'm.

Meanwhile, Rochester Police officer Chris Burgstrom continues to be a threat to innocent family pets in my hometown.

Floyd James called Rochester Police for assistance.

Instead of receiving assistance, his companion is executed right in front of him, by a trigger happy cop.

Then James is arrested.

Twice.

Like I always say, think twice before calling police.


Contact Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard at (585) 428-7033

Contact Rochester, NY Mayor Thomas Richards at (585) 428-7045




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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rochester, NY Police officer Joel Hasper Punches Man, Causing Facial Fracture

By Davy V.
Jonathan Aquino,
after being punched in the face by
Rochester, NY Police officer Joel Hasper



On April 2, 2012, Rochester, NY Police officer Joel Hasper who works the RPD east side division's "PSA 23" sector, was one of several Rochester Police officers who beat Jose Lugo on Flower St., as Lugo was walking to a neighborhood grocery store.

According to Hasper, and his fellow officers Kevin Flanagan, and Richard Doran, Lugo looked suspicious because one of Lugo's hands was covered by his jacket sleeve.

They also claimed they stopped Lugo because he was trespassing on an abandoned home on Flower Street.

Lugo, who has lived on Flower St. since he was a child, had simply stopped to say hi to some friends, on his way to the store.

As for his hand not being visible?

His jacket had long sleeves.

Not a crime to have long sleeves, is it?

Well, Lugo was punched, kicked, and tasered RPD officers, who then arrested him in an attempt to justify their actions, and charged Lugo with assault on a police officer.

Rochester Police officers also pepper sprayed neighbors who pleaded with the officers to stop beating and tapering Lugo, including a pregnant, and an elderly woman.

Even Lugo's aunt, who was on her phone calling Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, whom she used to work with when Sheppard was the Rochester City School district director of security, was pepper sprayed, and arrested.

Lugo suffered multiple injuries, including a badly bruised eye which was swollen shut, as well as other abrasions, and contusions from being punched and kicked.

He also had several injuries from the prongs of the taser.

At Lugo's trial, Monroe County, NY Public defender Sonya Zoghlin, asked Rochester Police officer Joel Hasper "Officer Hasper, you punched Jose Lugo in his face correct?"
Rochester, NY Police officer Joel Hasper

Hasper replied, "I performed a distractionary jab."

Zoghlin, again asked, "You punched Jose Lugo in his face correct?"

And again Hasper replied, "I performed a distractionary jab."

Jose Lugo was found not guilty.

One female juror, who did not want to be identified, for fear of retaliation by Rochester Police, said "The police officers were overzealous, it's like each officer was like a billboard, saying just because we are police officers we can do what we want."

The woman said she was especially disturbed by how Rochester Police officers shoved Annette Velazquez, Lugo's aunt, and pepper-sprayed and arrested not only her, but other witnesses, including the pregnant woman.
Jose Lugo,
after being punched in the face by
Rochester, NY Police officer Joel Hasper
in 2012

"They feel they have the advantage and since they are equipped, they think, the law is going to side with me", said the juror.

On Sunday August 11, 2013, around 6:30 pm, 23 year-old Jonathan Aquino saw his brother in law, and several of his friends, who were riding motor bikes, had been pulled over by Rochester Police officers on Hollenbeck St.

Aquino, whose English is not too good, asked a Rochester Police officer what was going on with his friends.

"The officer became angry and began yelling at me, right in my face", said Aquino, adding, "I tried to explain to the officer that those were my friends."

"The officer then yelled at me "Oh, those are your friends, and pepper sprayed me right in my face, then pushed me back", said Aquino, in a phone conversation with me.

That officer?

None other than Rochester, NY Police officer Joel Hasper.

Aquino said Hasper then punched him twice in the face, in what he describes as a "one-two combination, with one punch hitting me in my right eye, and the other punch hitting me on my right temple."

Jonathan Aquino says he then fell to the pavement, bleeding, and it was then that Rochester, NY Police officer Joel Hasper, and another officer then put their knees on the back of his head, and back.

Aquino was then transported to the RPD's east side division office on North Clinton Avenue, where a laughing officer Hasper, and other RPD officers took photographs of his injuries, before transporting him to Rochester General Hospital, where x-rays showed a fracture to his cheekbone.

Aquino also received stitches for a cut under his right eye, before being taken to Monroe County Jail, where he was booked on one count of Disorderly Conduct, and one count of Resisting Arrest.

After posting $600.00 bail, Aquino was released around 3:00 am Monday morning.

Interestingly enough, in May, Rochester's CBS affiliate,News 8, aired a series of segments featuring Rochester Police officers.

One of those segments, titled "Rochester's Finest, RPD Officer Joel Hasper", featured Hasper talking about his job, as reporter Kevin Doran went on a ride-along.

After mentioning that his father is a minister, Hasper ends by saying "Every night I go home I can't go to sleep."

Really?

I don't think I'd be able to sleep either officer Hasper, if I beat innocent people, then violated their rights, by falsely arresting them, in order to justify my actions.

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Incident Involving Rochester, NY Police officer who Threatened to Arrest Woman Video Recording, Makes it on Photography is Not a Crime

By Davy V.
Carlos Miller,
Founder/Publisher
Photography is Not a Crime
Photo Credit: Michael Pancier Photography

On Saturday August 10, 2013, I broke the story of Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles threatening to arrest Alyssa Shipe, after Shipe called 911 when a group of youths in a minivan descended on her street and began threatening her neighbors during the annual Raymond Street block party.

As Shipe was video recording, officer Nobles yelled at her " You can tape all you want, but you're leaving, or you're going to jail!"

Just three days after posting the story on both my blogs, DavyV.blogspot,com, and Rpdexposed.blogspot.com, as well as on Copblock.org, where I'm a regular contributor, Carlos Miller, publisher, and founder of Photography is Not a Crime, picked up the story.

This marks at least the fourth time in the last two years, that the Rochester, NY Police department has been featured on Miller's popular Miami-based, Photography is Not a Crime, or "PINAC", for short.

In 2011, when Emily Good was arrested by Rochester, NY Police officer Mario Masic, for video recording Masic conducting a racially-profiled traffic stop of an African-American motorist in front of her home, Miller was one of the first to take Good's story national, and the first to post a photo of RPD officer Mario Masic.

Miller's post of Good's arrest also helped the case receive international attention, and played an important role in Good's arrest video going viral.
Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles
charges at woman video recording:
"You guys, you can videotape all you want,
but you're going to leave, or you're going to jail!"



Just a few weeks later, the RPD was back on PINAC, when Miller posted a video I filmed of Rochester Police officers retaliating against Emily Good supporters (including myself), who were attending a support meeting for Good.

Known as "RPD's Pink Ruler Retaliation", the video shows several Rochester Police officers showing up to the Flying Squirrel Community Space, in Rochester's historic Corn Hill neighborhood, as one officer uses a pink children's school ruler to measure the distance the meeting attendees' vehicles were parked from the curb.

Vehicles parked as little as 1/4 inch from the allowed limit, were issued tickets, which were later dismissed, in part, because of the spotlight once again shone on the City of Rochester, and its police force, thanks in part, to individuals like Carlos Miller, and his Photography is Not a Crime website.

Then, just a few months ago, Rochester once again was featured on PINAC, after a Rochester, NY Police officer became irate with a citizen who was video recording an accident right outside his own home.

At one point in the video, the RPD officer is seen and heard ordering the man into his home, before walking on the man's porch, where he physically forces the man inside, as he yells, "You come out here again, I'm arresting you!"

And now, with Photography is Not a Crime featuring this latest, disturbing incident, involving Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles, on its site, more people will see, that when it comes to respecting citizens' first amendment right to record, the Rochester, NY Police department has not learned a thing.


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Rochester, NY Police Officer who Yelled at Woman Video Recording, "You can tape all you want, but you're going to leave, or you're going to jail!", is Identified as Jeffrey Nobles

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles
charges at woman video recording:
"You guys, you can videotape all you want,
but you're going to leave, or you're going to jail!"

Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey N. Nobles is the cop caught on video threatening to arrest a woman who was video recording him, even though the woman was outside of her home, and even though she called 911 after a group of youths threatened residents in Rochester's South Wedge
neighborhood.

RPD officer Jeffrey Nobles' actions, threatening Alyssa Shipe with arrest, for video recording, and standing on a public sidewalk, on her own street, is especially disturbing, given the fact that just a little over two years ago, Rochester, NY Police officer Mario Masic arrested Emily Good, who was video recording Masic conducting a racially profiled traffic stop of an African-American motorist.

Although charges against Good were eventually dropped, the incident put the Rochester, NY Police Department, and the City of Rochester, under an international spotlight.

Rochester Police officer Jeffrey Nobles' conduct is indicative of the fact that it's business as usual, when it comes to Rochester, NY Police officers not caring about the United States Constitution, and citizens' first amendment right to record.

Here is my original write-up on the incident involving Rochester, NY Police officer Jefferey Nobles.


Posted on Saturday August 10, 2013

Davy V.

Rochester, NY Police officer
charges at woman video recording:
"You guys, you can videotape all you want,
but you're going to leave, or you're going to jail!"


"
Alyssa Shipe and her neighbors were enjoying the last few hours of the Raymond Street Annual Block Party in Rochester's South Wedge neighborhood Saturday evening, when a group of youths came onto her street, threatening her neighbors.

Shipe did what most honest, trusting, law abiding citizens would do.

She called Rochester Police.

Little did she know, she would soon be regretting that decision.

According to Shipe, a couple of hours earlier, a woman on her street was taken away by Rochester Police under a mental hygiene arrest after the woman got into a fight with the DJ for the block party, and began swinging at him and kicking his music equipment.

After her arrest, the woman's son, upset that Rochester Police arrested his mother, tried to hit a neighbor with a brick, before calling a group of his friends.

Within 45 minutes, a group of approx. 8-10 youths arrived in a minivan and began threatening several neighbors, including a man who was trying to get the minivan's license plate number.

One of the members of the group told a Rochester City firefighter named Sean, who lives on Raymond Street, "We know you're a firefighter and we know where you live."

Shipe says after she called 911 to report the group in the minivan, 10-15 RPD officers arrived, and it was then that she couldn't believe her eyes.

One neighbor told Rochester Police officers that one of the youths brandished a gun, but officers completely ignored the neighbor.

"They didn't do anything to them", Shipe said, referring to RPD officers clearly showing no interest in her call for assistance.

"They didn't even search them", added Shipe.

Then, Shipe says, something else happened.

After seeing that Rochester Police officers refused to search the youth, and take any action, several Raymond Street neighbors expressed their dissatisfaction.

Shipe said one of those neighbors was Sean, the Rochester, NY firefighter, who works out of the Hudson Ave. fire station, on Rochester's northeast side.

Shipe, who didn't know the firefighter's last name, she says Rochester Police officers did not appreciate him being vocal.

In fact, Shipe says, a Rochester Police officer driving car "E-93", wasted no time in showing the firefighter just how much he did not appreciate being told how to do his job.

In the video below, which Shipe began recording shortly after she saw RPD officers letting the group of youths go, the RPD officer is seen walking a handcuffed man towards his cruiser.

That man, Shipe says, is Sean, the Rochester firefighter.

The video actually begins with the group of youth being let go by RPD officers.

In the video, Shipe's fiancé, Kenny Dudek is heard saying "Are you kidding me?", as the group of youth is let go by RPD officers.

Then, the RPD officer is seen walking over to Shipe, as he yells, "You guys, you can tape all you want, but you're going to leave, or you're going to jail!"

Shipe says after the video ends, the officer pushed her, and tried to grab her cell phone, then grabbed her fiancé, and handcuffed him.

A few minutes later, the same officer locked his keys in his cruiser, after placing the firefighter in the back seat.

The officer had to call another RPD officer from the RPD East Division office, who brought the officer an extra set of car keys, about an hour later.

During that time, the Rochester firefighter sat in the back of the locked cruiser, which was turned on, and had the windows rolled up.

Shipe says that after approx. 45 minutes, her fiancé's handcuffs were taken off, and shortly after, when the keys for the locked cruiser arrived, the firefighter's handcuffs were also removed.

Both men were let go with a "warning".

Shipe, who says the Raymond Street Annual Block Party, which is approved by the City, who provides the barricades, is a time for neighbors, including children to have fun, do cookouts, and different activities, says she is disgusted with the way Rochester Police handled the situation.

A situation which began with her call to 911 for assistance.

"I will never call the police for anything again", said Shipe.


Update:

Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey N. Nobles has been identified as the officer who threatened Alyssa Shipe with arrest, in the video below.


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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tax Payer Dollars at Work: New York State Police Helicopter Deployed after Rochester, NY's Annual Puerto Rican Festival

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Nelson Soto (left),
and his gang members ordering families,
and young children to move.
Photo by Davy V.

In what looked more like a scene from South Central, Los Angeles, than Rochester, NY, a New York State police helicopter hovered over Rochester's North Clinton Avenue neighborhood, less than a half hour after the annual Puerto Rican Festival wrapped up.

On the ground, several Rochester, NY Police officers, including Sgt. Nelson Soto, one of six RPD officers who shot and killed a young mentally-ill Puerto Rican man last June, on his 20th birthday, ordered families and their young children to keep moving, in Gestapo-like fashion.
WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS:
A New York State Police helicopter flies over
"Los Flamboyanes" apartments, in Rochester, NY,
after the annual Puerto Rican Festival wraps up.
Photo by Davy V.

As you can see in the videos below, one RPD officer can be seen holding some sort of weapon which looks like it may be a pepper ball launcher, commonly used by law enforcement agencies for crowd control.

The annual Puerto Rican Festival has a long history of festival goers taking the party to the streets after the last day of the festival, but I think it's not only overkill to call in a police helicopter, but also a waste of tax payer dollars.

I also have a problem with Rochester Police officers taking advantage of a situation, to abuse their power and authority, ordering innocent families, and their children to keep moving.

This is not Cuba.

This is the United States of America.

Isn't it?


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Monroe County, NY Sheriff's Deputies Give Tiger Woods a Free Pass, as he Drives by them while Talking on Cell Phone

By Davy V.
Tiger Woods, (left), talks on his cell phone,
as two Monroe County, NY Sheriff's deputies look on.
Photo by Davy V.

We've all heard of law enforcement officers giving celebrities preferential treatment.

Well, one such incident occurred this past Wednesday, during the last day of practice rounds for the 2013 PGA Championship, at Oak Hill Country Club, in Pittsford, NY, just outside Rochester.

Here's what happened.

I arrived at Oak Hill around noon, and after walking the grounds, I noticed a crowd of people near the sea of silver Mercedes Benz SUV's, which is the players parking lot. (Mercedes Benz is the official sponsor of the PGA).

I then noticed the crowd was watching Tiger Woods, who as you can see in the first video below, was talking on his cell phone, while putting on his sneakers.

Wood's caddy can be seen helping put his equipment in the SUV.

Also seen in the video, are two Monroe County, NY Sheriff's deputies providing security for Woods, looking right at him, as he is on his phone.

Woods then gets in the SUV, still on his cell phone, and drives away, right past the two Monroe County, NY Sheriff's deputies who do nothing, even though it is against the law in New York State to drive while talking on a cell phone.
Tiger Woods drives away, still talking on cell phone.
and drives past two Monroe County, NY Sheriff's deputies,
who fail to enforce the law.
Photo by Davy V.

Now I know there will be some who will immediately dismiss this as my being silly for even writing about this.

Well, say what you want, but it doesn't change that Tiger Woods broke the law, and two Monroe County, NY Sheriff's deputies failed to enforce the law.

Why?

Because it was Tiger Woods.

And if that's still not enough, and you still think I'm still being petty, then try this:

Next time you're driving in New York State, and are pulled over by a law enforcement officer for talking on your cell phone, tell them Tiger Woods did it.

When that doesn't work, because it won't, and the officer hands you the ticket, tell the judge Tiger Woods did it.

I'm sure the judge will understand.



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After Group of Youths Threaten Neighbors, a Woman Learns Why You Should Think Twice, before Calling Rochester, NY Police (Updated)

Davy V.

Rochester, NY Police officer
charges at woman video recording:
"You guys, you can videotape all you want,
but you're going to leave, or you're going to jail!"


"
Alyssa Shipe and her neighbors were enjoying the last few hours of the Raymond Street Annual Block Party in Rochester's South Wedge neighborhood Saturday evening, when a group of youths came onto her street, threatening her neighbors.

Shipe did what most honest, trusting, law abiding citizens would do.

She called Rochester Police.

Little did she know, she would soon be regretting that decision.

According to Shipe, a couple of hours earlier, a woman on her street was taken away by Rochester Police under a mental hygiene arrest after the woman got into a fight with the DJ for the block party, and began swinging at him and kicking his music equipment.

After her arrest, the woman's son, upset that Rochester Police arrested his mother, tried to hit a neighbor with a brick, before calling a group of his friends.

Within 45 minutes, a group of approx. 8-10 youths arrived in a minivan and began threatening several neighbors, including a man who was trying to get the minivan's license plate number.

One of the members of the group told a Rochester City firefighter named Sean, who lives on Raymond Street, "We know you're a firefighter and we know where you live."

Shipe says after she called 911 to report the group in the minivan, 10-15 RPD officers arrived, and it was then that she couldn't believe her eyes.

One neighbor told Rochester Police officers that one of the youths brandished a gun, but officers completely ignored the neighbor.

"They didn't do anything to them", Shipe said, referring to RPD officers clearly showing no interest in her call for assistance.

"They didn't even search them", added Shipe.

Then, Shipe says, something else happened.

After seeing that Rochester Police officers refused to search the youth, and take any action, several Raymond Street neighbors expressed their dissatisfaction.

Shipe said one of those neighbors was Sean, the Rochester, NY firefighter, who works out of the Hudson Ave. fire station, on Rochester's northeast side.

Shipe, who didn't know the firefighter's last name, she says Rochester Police officers did not appreciate him being vocal.

In fact, Shipe says, a Rochester Police officer driving car "E-93", wasted no time in showing the firefighter just how much he did not appreciate being told how to do his job.

In the video below, which Shipe began recording shortly after she saw RPD officers letting the group of youths go, the RPD officer is seen walking a handcuffed man towards his cruiser.

That man, Shipe says, is Sean, the Rochester firefighter.

The video actually begins with the group of youth being let go by RPD officers.

In the video, Shipe's fiancé, Kenny Dudek is heard saying "Are you kidding me?", as the group of youth is let go by RPD officers.

Then, the RPD officer is seen walking over to Shipe, as he yells, "You guys, you can tape all you want, but you're going to leave, or you're going to jail!"

Shipe says after the video ends, the officer pushed her, and tried to grab her cell phone, then grabbed her fiancé, and handcuffed him.

A few minutes later, the same officer locked his keys in his cruiser, after placing the firefighter in the back seat.

The officer had to call another RPD officer from the RPD East Division office, who brought the officer an extra set of car keys, about an hour later.

During that time, the Rochester firefighter sat in the back of the locked cruiser, which was turned on, and had the windows rolled up.

Shipe says that after approx. 45 minutes, her fiancé's handcuffs were taken off, and shortly after, when the keys for the locked cruiser arrived, the firefighter's handcuffs were also removed.

Both men were let go with a "warning".

Shipe, who says the Raymond Street Annual Block Party, which is approved by the City, who provides the barricades, is a time for neighbors, including children to have fun, do cookouts, and different activities, says she is disgusted with the way Rochester Police handled the situation.

A situation which began with her call to 911 for assistance.

"I will never call the police for anything again", said Shipe.


Update:

Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey N. Nobles has been identified as the officer who threatened Alyssa Shipe with arrest, in the video below.


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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, a Two-Faced Hypocrite, Marches in Puerto Rican Festival Parade

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard
marches with Puerto Rican Parade President
Geena Cruz.

On June 21, 2012, shortly after ordering his officers to confiscate a grocery store's surveillance video, and force the store's owner to close his business, Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard called the shooting, and killing of Israel "Izzy" Andino, a mentally-ill Puerto Rican young man, by 7 Rochester Police officers, justified.

Neighbors on Locust Street, in Rochester's northwest side, described Andino's killing as a modern-day execution.

Witnesses said Rochester Police Sgt. Aaron Colletti, Sgt. Mike Nicholls, Officer Antonio Gonzalez, Officer Brian Cala, Officer Greg Karnes, Officer Onasis Socol, and Officer Eluid Rodriguez ALL opened fire on Israel Andino, killing him instantly.
Rochester, NY Police officer Eliud Rodriguez,
one of 7 RPD cops who shot and killed Andino.

Several neighborhood residents outraged over Andino's killing insisted that the video footage Rochester Police confiscated would have shown that officers had plenty of opportunities to disarm Andino, whom neighbors say was carrying a BB rifle, not a shotgun like police claimed.

On Saturday, August 3, 2013, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard marched in Rochester's Puerto Rican parade.

Sheppard, holding a Puerto Rican Flag, waved to children and their families who had gathered along East Main Street, in downtown Rochester.

They say people have very short term memories.

This couldn't be any more true, when it comes to Rochester's Puerto Rican community.

To allow Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard, a two-faced hypocrite, who approved of 7 trigger-happy cops executing a young man who needed help, to march in the Puerto Rican parade, is disgusting.

Even more disgusting, is the comment that Geena Cruz, the president of the Puerto Rican Parade, posted on on the parade's website, thanking Sheppard, just hours after the parade.
Geena Cruz, President,
Rochester, NY Puerto Rican Parade

"Puerto Rican Parade of Rochester NY Inc
We want to thank all our participants and spectators that attended this year's Puerto Rican Parade " Our Story- What is You?". It was truly awesome to see all the wonderful stories , custumes, along with all the diversity presented at the parade. WE are also thankful for Mayor Richards, Chief Sheppard, and Luis Burgos for continuing the tradition of starting the parade. Most of we are thankful to our sponsor for making this parade possible."

Shame on Cruz, and on Rochester's Puerto Rican community, for allowing a two-faced hypocrite, to fool them.

Not surprising really, when you consider that for years, Rochester's Puerto Rican Festival board accepted the City of Rochester forcing them to hold the annual festival in the plaza of the Rochester City Jail, right next to Rochester Police headquarters, and the Hall of Justice Courts building, so that City officials, including the Rochester Police department, could closely monitor the festival, and keep a close watch on festival goers.




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