Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard; A Coward who Lacked Leadership Skills, Even at the End

By Davy V.
A disgraced Chief, James Sheppard chokes back tears,
during Wednesday press conference.

On Wednesday afternoon, Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, announced his retirement.

Officially this time.

You see, in October, Sheppard turned in his retirement papers.

Then, after changing his mind, withdrew them.

"I didn't want people to think that my turning in my retirement papers had anything to do with the election", Sheppard told Rochester news media Wednesday afternoon, at a press conference held at the Public Safety building.

"So, I withdrew my retirement papers."

"I wanted to do it on my time."

What a crock of shit.

The election Sheppard was referring to was that of Rochester Mayor.

In September, Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren won the Democratic primary, beating Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards.

It was no secret that Richards was perhaps Sheppard's biggest, if not only cheerleader.

It's no secret that Warren was not.

And so, after Warren won the primary, Sheppard knew that he did not have a future under a Warren administration.

Which is why Sheppard turned in his retirement papers in October.

The tensions between Warren and Sheppard were there all along.

The final straw seems to be a request by Warren and Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden, the chair of Public Safety, to Sheppard, asking that he deploy an RPD Mobile Command unit to the Chili Avenue, Salina Street area, after a string of shootings, including a recent one where an 11-year old was shot along with two adults in front of a Chili Avenue laundromat.
Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard,
with Mayor Thomas Richards.
"The White man's puppet."
How many minorities in Rochester viewed James Sheppard.

Sheppard ignored that request.

And on Wednesday morning, just as he had done countless times since being appointed Chief in 2010, Sheppard did two things.

He failed to be a man, and a leader, by refusing to take accountability and tell the truth.

And he lied to Rochester's Corporate-America run mainstream news media, by standing at the podium and saying that his "retirement" had nothing to do with the election.

Of course it did.

It had EVERYTHING to do with the election.

Sheppard may have fooled Rochester's lamestream news media, but those who who know Sheppard's m.o.., like myself, saw right through his load of crap.

In fact, I wasn't surprised at all.

That little man I saw b.s.'ing reporters, is the same coward, and failure of a man who was never fit to lead a police force.

You see, a true leader has LEADERSHIP skills.

Something Sheppard NEVER had.

A true leader has INTEGRITY.

Something Shepoard NEVER had.

A true leader has RESPECT.

Something Sheppard NEVER had.

A true leader is not a PUPPET.

Like Sheppard was.

As a black man, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard will be remembered as a Chief who condoned and actually encouraged his disproportionately white police force, to racially profile, and abuse African-Americans and Latinos.

Like he did when Rochester Police officers Anthony Liberatore, Joseph Ferrigno, and Mitchell Stewart II pepper sprayed and beat Benny Warr, a wheelchair confined, one-legged amputee who was waiting for the bus at the intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Bartlett St.

The officers claimed that Warr disobeyed their order for him to move, even though he was in his motorized wheelchair, on a public sidewalk, waiting for the bus.

RPD Chief James Sheppard supported his officers' actions.

No surprise really, since the officers were actually enacting Sheppard's "Operation Zero Tolerance", where innocent citizens, including handicapped ones, are constantly subjected to illegal, unconstitutional stops, searches, seizures, and assaults.

As a black man, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard will be remembered as a Chief who justified the beating of Brenda Hardaway, a pregnant African-American woman who was driven stomach first into a wooden porch railing post, punched in the head, and thrown to the ground by a white Rochester Police officer, Lucas Krull.

As Chief, James Sheppard will be remembered as a Chief who approved, and justified of RPD officer Mario Masic violating Emily Good's first Amendnent right, when he arrested her after she videotaped Masic conducting a factually profiled traffic stop of a black motorist.

But again, for those who know Sheppard, it's no surprise, coming from a coward.

A coward who called the modern-day firing squad execution of Israel "Izzy" Andino, a mentally-ill young man, shot by 7 Rochester Police officers, justified, before the investigation had even begun.

And Shame on Rochester, NY's lame stream news media for lauding Sheppard as some sort of hero, when he was nothing more than a failure!

Good riddance Chief Sheppard!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles Tells Woman "Get the fuck off the bus you cunt!", Then Pulls her Off Bus by her Hair

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles
threatening to arrest woman for video recording hi

One day last September, Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles saw Sherry Findley and her friend standing at a bus stop in front of a Dunkin' Donuts on Monroe Avenue.

"He walked up to us and asked us where we were heading and said 'Would you like a ride home because you look cold', said Findley.

"We accepted because we saw that he was on duty."

When Findley and her friend got into Nobles' RPD cruiser, it became clear to her and her friend that officer Nobles had an ulterior motive behind offering the two women a ride.

"He told is we were two beautiful ladies, then he proceeded to tell us his life story", said Findley.

"He told us he was recently divorced, then went on to tell us how he was going to move to Florida when he retired." Findley said, adding, "Then he started talking about how the younger Rochester Police officers are corrupt."

"When we arrived at 625 University Avenue, officer Nobles gave us each his card with his personal phone number on it, and told us that if we ever needed anything or just wanted to talk, to give him a call, but we never did."
Card Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles
gave to Sherri Findley.
Nobles also gave Findley's friend a card.

Fast forward to Saturday November 16th, Sherry Findley is waiting for an RTS bus in front of Strong Memorial Hospital.

The bus speeds past Findley's stop.

Findley runs after the bus, then, when she finally catches up to it, she knocks on the door.

When the driver of the bus, John Thomas, opens the door for Findley, she proceeds to tell him that he was supposed to stop at her bus stop, and according to Findley, a verbal altercation ensues, at which time Thomas tells Findley to get off the bus.

"I informed him that I was not getting off the bus", Findley said.

"Another passenger then stepped in and stated that the bus driver was allowing other passengers off on unscheduled stops, and that's why he didn't stop at the stop I was at."

"At this point I went and took a seat on the bus and the bus driver quickly stopped the bus and said he was not going to move until I got off the bus."

"I told him I would wait for the arrival of a supervisor, as I had done nothing wrong, and at this point a University Of Rochester security guard arrived on the scene, followed by two Rochester Police officers."

"That's when Rochester Police officer Jeff Nobles yelled at me 'Get the fuck off the bus', and I said no."

"I told him that I was waiting for the RTS supervisor, and officer Nobles yelled at me 'Get the fuck off the bus you cunt!', I tried to tell him that I did not do anything wrong", said Findley.

"And that's when officer Nobles grabbed my hair, and pulled me by my ponytail off the bus while verbally abusing me with all types of nasty words."

"Officer Nobles slammed me up against his police car, then he lifted up my hoodie and 
my tee shirt and said to me 'Look how fucking fat you are you fucking cunt', I then told officer Nobles that my ex-boyfriend, Dave Williams, is a Rochester Police technician, and I told Nobles that what he was doing was wrong and illegal."

"Officer Nobles then told me that no RPD officer would date a white trash cunt like me", said Findley.

Sherri Findley says that at that point, another Rochester Police officer arrived on the scene, and she asked him for Nobles' name.

"Upon arriving at the jail that officer told me officer Nobles' name."

"I was placed in lockup and a friend came and bailed me out", says Findley, who was charged with harassment.

After being bailed put, Findley said she and her friend went to the McDonalds restaurant on Monroe Avenue, where she saw Rochester Police officer Jeffrey Nobles.

"I proceeded to tell him that he was going down for what he did to me", Findley said.

Officer Nobles then told me to shut my fucking mouth."

Findley says officer Jeffrey Nobles then sat in his car, in the McDonalds parking lot, and took down her friend's license plate number, before driving off.

If the name Jeffrey Nobles sounds familiar, it should.

This is not the first time I have written about an incident involving Rochester Police officer Jeffrey Nobles and a female citizen.

On August 10, 2013, Nobles threatened to arrest a Rochester woman who was video recording him arresting her fiancée, and a Rochester firefighter, after she called police when a group of youth, including at least one believed to be armed with a gun, threatened her neighbors.

In the video below Rochester a Police officer Jeffrey Nobles yells at the woman, "You can videotape all you want, but you're going to leave or you're going to jail!"

Note: After several attempts contacting RTS to obtain possible video surveillance footage from the bus, they never returned my calls and messages.

Whether you reside in Rochester, NY or not, call Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, Mayor Thomas Richards, and Mayor-Elect Lovely Warren, and let them know how you feel about Rochester, NY Police officers calling women "Cunt", and violating their oath to protect and serve!

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

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

Rochester, NY Mayor-Elect Lovely Warren (585) 428-7538

Click Play to watch video of Rochester, NY Police officer Jeffrey Nobles threatening to arrest woman for video recording him.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rochester, NY Police Homicide Investigator David Simpson Helps Elderly Woman Cross Busy Intersection

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police investigator David Simpson
helping elderly woman cross street.
Photo by Davy V.

As an activist, writer and blogger exposing police misconduct, and corruption, I don't often get to see, much less write about, a law enforcement officer going out of their way to make a positive difference in someone's life.

On Wednesday afternoon, I got to witness such an act of kindness.

Minutes after grabbing lunch on State Street, near Kodak, I saw something I have never seen before.

Photo by Davy V.
A member of the Rochester, NY Police department stopping his official vehicle in traffic, getting out, and helping an elderly woman cross one of Rochester's busiest intersections.

Here's what happened.

As I was eating at DiPisa Subs, Rochester Police homicide investigator David Simpson came in and grabbed lunch to go.

Photo by Davy V.
When I finished eating and went to my car, I saw Simpson, who left before I did, pull his unmarked Chevy Impala over, at the intersection of State and Brown Streets, and turn on his flashing headlights and siren horn.

Investigator Simpson then exited his vehicle, walked over to an elderly African-American woman who was pushing a shopping cart, and helped her cross the street.

RPD investigator Simpson could have done what most of us do everyday, drive right by an elderly or down and out person, without even thinking that perhaps that person could use some assistance.

Investigator Simpdon didn't have to stop.

He could have kept driving.

But he didn't.

And for that, I thank him, and give him two thumbs up!

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