Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Rochester, NY Cop Shot and Killed


Rochester, NY Police officer
Daryl R. Pierson
By Davy V.

For decades, the Rochester, NY Police department has been executing innocent citizens.

In June of 2012, 20-year old Israel 'Izzy' Andino was shot by 7 Rochester, NY cops in what witnesses referred to as a modern day fring squad execution.

Andino, who was mentally-ill, was killed on his 20th birthday.

After being killed by trigger happy Rochester Police Sgt. Aaron Colletti, Sgt. Mike Nicholls, Officer Antonio Gonzalez, Officer Brian Cala, Officer Greg Karnes, Officer Onasis Socol, and Officer Eluid Rodriguez, Izzy's cold, dead body lay on a blood soaked sidewalk, uncovered for almost 8 hours, while Rochester Police officers cracked jokes, as they repeatedly stepped over his corpse.

According to Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminelli, a Rochester, NY Police officer was shot Wednesday night, around 9:25 p.m., near Hudson Avenue and Warsaw Street, on Rochester's northeast side.

That officer, who was rushed to the hospital, died during surgery.

Rochester, NY Police Chief Ciminelli, who would not release the officer's name, would only describe the incident as "an exchange of gunfire" between a suspect and the RPD officer.

At a press conference at Rochester General Hospital, Ciminelli said an innocent bystander was also shot.

Ciminelli would not say who shot the innocent bystander.

The last time a Rochester Police officer was killed in the line of duty was 1959.

Perhaps now, the Rochester, NY Police department, including the 7 trigger-happy cops who executed Izzy Andino, are feeling the pain of losing a loved one.

Just like Izzy's family did.




Update:

Rochester, NY Police officials have released the name of the officer shot and killed last night.

That officer has been identified as 32-year old Daryl R. Pierson, an 8-year veteran of the Rochester, NY Police department.

Pierson was assigned to the RPD's Tactical Unit.

The Rochester, NY Police department's Tactical Unit is the most corrupt division within the RPD.


I will be updating this piece soon.




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Friday, August 29, 2014

Woman Takes Photo of Rochester, NY Police officer Asleep Behind the Wheel; "He had shades on and he was asleep."


This is the photo a woman took of a
Rochester, NY Police officer
who she says was asleep inside his parked cruiser. 


By Davy V.

A Rochester, New York woman on her way to her business Thursday around noon, did a double take when she saw something she couldn't believe, while stopped at a traffic light.

A Rochester, NY Police officer asleep behind the wheel of his cruiser.

"I happened to look over to my right and the officer's head dropped, then he laid his head back, he was nodding out," said the woman, who asked me not to publish her name out of fear of retaliation by the Rochester Police Department.

"He had shades on and was asleep, he didn't move at all," the woman told me via a phone interview.

"He was sleeping."

The woman said that since there were no cars behind her while she was waiting for the light at the intersection of East Main Street and Gibbs Street, in downtown Rochester, she actually remained stopped through a complete light cycle, to confirm if in fact the Rochester Police officer was asleep, before she took the photo.

Rochester, NY Police officer
with his head slumped to the side.

The woman said it was then, after seeing the RPD officer's head involuntarily drop several times, then slump to the side against the door of his cruiser, that she took the photo.

Although the photo clearly seems to support the woman's account, as it shows a Rochester, NY Police officer with his head slumped to the side, wearing shades, even though he is parked in the shade, the number of the RPD cruiser is a bit blurry.

It appears to be Rochester, NY Police cruiser 'D-40'.

After calling a Monroe County dispatcher, in an attempt to identify the officer, and being placed on hold for several minutes, I was told that they could not release any information.

"Everything is confidential here, and we're not supposed to give out any information," the dispatcher told me.

So there you have it, Rochester, NY, YOUR taxpayer dollars at work.

Asleep at the wheel.




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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

(VIDEO) Rochester, NY Police officer Matthew Cushman; "I have an official duty to park wherever I want because I am exempt from vehicle and traffic law..."


ABOVE THE LAW.
Rochester, NY Police officer Matthew Cushman.


By Davy V.

It's not everyday that I'm able to get a police officer to admit, on camera, that he or she is above the law.

Not everyday.

But I did this past Sunday.

Here's the story.

Sunday afternoon, around 4:30 p.m., I went to do some shopping at the Wegmans Food market located on East Avenue, in Rochester, NY.

As I walked in the store, I couldn't help but notice a Rochester, NY Police cruiser, parked in front of the store, facing the wrong way, and partially blocking a traffic lane.

Being used to seeing the Rochester Police department parking wherever they want, however they want, I initially didn't think you much of it, other than taking a couple of quick photos.

But then I noticed several shoppers, both entering and exiting the store, using the two crosswalks on either side of the RPD cruiser.

The Wegmans customers I saw, each had a couple of things in common.

They each looked at the RPD cruiser.

And, they each expressed a negative reaction at seeing the RPD cruiser parked like it was.

One man kept looking at the cruiser as he entered the store's breezeway, then shook his head as if in disgust.


Rochester, NY Police officer Matthew Cushman's
cruiser E-42 illegally parked,
creating traffic safety issue.
But, I still didn't pay it much mind, even do I admit that I chuckled at seeing the negative reactions of the people who looked at the police cruiser.

It showed me, that taxpayers, albeit slowly, are starting to realize just how their tax dollars are being used.

By arrogant, inconsiderate public servants who believe they are not only somehow entitled to special privileges, but in fact truly believe, as you will soon see, that they are indeed, above the law.

So, I did my shopping, and after going around the store several times, and spending at least 45 minutes inside, I checked out.

It was then, while I was in line, that I noticed the RPD officer shooting the shit inside the Wegmans security office.

Then, as I was exiting the store, I noticed the police officer was now inside his cruiser.

And me being someone who doesn't pass up a great opportunity to question a public servant on his or her use of taxpayer dollars, well, let's just say I couldn't resist engaging questioning Rochester, NY Police officer Matthew Cushman.

Now I won't tell you what happened next, as it would ruin the point of you watching the video, right?

However, before you do you watch the video, I want you to keep one thing in mind.

These are YOUR public servants.

YOU pay their salaries.

I say this because I really want you to pay attention to Rochester, NY Police officer Matthew Cushman.

Pay special attention to his reply, when I ask him if that is pedestrian crosswalk behind his illegally parked cruiser.

"That's what they appear to say."

That was RPD officer Cushman's response to my question.

Also pay close attention to how officer Cushman, in textbook cop mode, refuses to take any accountability whatsoever for his above the law reckless parking, by blaming Wegmans, basically telling me that he has to do what Wegmans tells him to do, including parking in such a manner which creates a traffic safety issue.

And for those of you who may dismiss this as much ado about nothing, as I always I remind you, it's incidents such as these that should serve as red flag reminders to ALL of us, that WE MUST hold OUR public servants accountable, and call them out whenever needed.

But, if you're like some folks, who no matter what cops do, subscribe to the "Cops can do no wrong' way of thinking when it comes to law enforcement, then next time you go shopping, park your vehicle like that, and let me know if it's still there when you come out.

And as always, remember... COPS LIE. RECORD EVERYTHING.



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Friday, July 4, 2014

Rochester, NY Police officer Jordan Bracey, Badge 2061, Would Rather Ticket Motorists for Tinted Windows, Than Fight Real Crime


Smile Rochester Police officer Jordan Bracey!
You're on candid camera.


By Davy V.

On any given day of the week in Rochester, NY, one can find a cornucopia of crime and criminal activity.

Open air drug dealing.

Armed robbery.

Violent assaults. 

Rapes. 

Even murders.

There's never a shortage.

Yet, despite Rochester, which was recently named the third poorest city in the country, being poverty stricken, crime-ridden, and drug infested, some Rochester, NY Police officers seem more interested in writing tickets, than fighting real crime.

Take, for instance, Rochester, NY Police officer Jordan Bracey, badge 2061.

Officer Bracey, who works out of the RPD's west division, would rather spend his shift parked hiding behind abandoned buildings near Rochester's Upper Falls bridge, preying on innocent, taxpaying motorists, than getting drug dealers, rapists, and murderers off the streets.

Officer Bracey loves meeting the
City of Rochester, NY's ticket quota!

That's right.

Rochester, NY Police officer Jordan Bracey would rather issue motorists tickets for window tint.

Yes.

Window tint.

Enter Brian, who asked me to not publish his last name out of fear of retaliation by Rochester Police.

Brian was driving near Rochester's Lake Avenue recently when all of a sudden he sees a Rochester, NY Police cruiser behind him.

It was Rochester Police officer Jordan Bracey.

Bracey issues Brian a ticket for having his car windows tinted.

A $98 ticket.

Rochester, NY residents should feel secure
that in a city which is crime-ridden,
drug infested, and poverty-stricken,
issuing taxpayers tickets for window tint is a priority.



Plus a $58 surcharge.

"He's always there, hiding, just waiting to stop people," Brian told me, referring to RPD officer Jordan Bracey stalking motorists near Rochester's Upper Falls bridge, adding "He has stopped one of my friends five times, for having window tint on his car."

Brian says that each time his friend was stopped, officer Bracey issued him a ticket.

Five times.

That's $780.00 !

As for Brian...  less than 10 minutes.

That's all it took for Rochester Police officer Jordan Bracey to make $156 for the City of Rochester.

For window tint.

While drug dealers, rapists, and murderers roam the streets of Rochester, NY, officer Jordan Bracey is fighting window tint.

So there you have it, Rochester, NY.

Your taxpayer dollars at work.



Note: if you live in Rochester, be on the lookout fir Rochester, NY Police officer Jordan Bracey, posted up near the Lyell Ave., Smith St., and North Vincent St. area, near the Upper Falls bridge.








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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

VIDEO: Rochester, NY Police Kick Woman and Young Children Off RTS Bus in Storm, All Over $1.00 Fare (UPDATED)


Child looks up at Rochester, NY Police officer,
before RPD cop kicks him, his little sister, and his mother
off RTS bus, in the middle of powerful thunderstorm.


By Davy V.

"She'll go to jail!"

That's what a Rochester, NY Police officer told passengers onboard a Regional Transit Service (RTS) bus Tuesday night, when the driver called Rochester Police on a young woman who was babysitting two young children, and asked two RPD cops to kick her and the children off the bus.

At night.

In the middle of a thunderstorm.

The disturbing 3 minute video, which was posted on Facebook shows an understandably upset crowd standing up for the woman and children, questioning a Rochester Police officer who yelled at the woman, "Get off the bus!"

Several passengers can be heard in the video telling the RPD cop that the woman paid her $1.00 fare.

According to the young woman, Corrine Moore, who spoke with me on the phone Wednesday night, this is what happened.

Moore told me that she was on the RTS bus route 10, and once that bus arrived in downtown Rochester, for the bus lineup around 8:12 p.m., she and the children, ages 1 and 2 years old, transferred to RTS bus number 4 which is the Hudson Avenue route.

Corrine Moore said it was then that a man, who was on the first bus, offered to help her by carrying the baby stroller for her, and placing it inside the number 4 bus.

Moore then swiped her RTS bus pass, to pay her $1.00 bus fare. (Since the children are under the age of 5, there is no charge for them.)

While all this was happening, the Good Samaritan missed his bus.

Feeling bad that the man missed his own bus while helping her, Moore then gave the man her bus pass, which she says she didn't need anymore, for him to use.

Moore said it was then that the RTS driver became angry that she gave her bus pass to the man.

The RTS bus driver then ordered Moore and the children to get off the bus.

When Moore asked why, the RTS bus driver called for Rochester Police to respond.

The video ends with two Rochester, NY cops kicking the Moore, and the children off the bus.

Baby stroller and all.

At night.

In the middle of a powerful thunderstorm that swept through Rochester, knocking down trees and downing power lines.

Corrine Moore told me that RTS supervisors, both women, who responded treated her very rude and unprofessional.

"They told me that they really didn't care, and that they didn't want to hear it," Moore said, referring to the RTS supervisors not caring to hear what happened, and showing no sympathy whatsoever.

Shame not only on the Rochester, NY Police department, but also on the RTS, whose driver contacted police in the first place.

The incident is especially disgusting, when one considers that RTS would condone kicking a mother and her children off a bus, over a dollar.

A dollar which she paid, using her own bus pass.

$1.00. 

All this, happening just a couple of blocks away from a new, $50 Million RTS bus terminal is being constructed in downtown Rochester, slated to open in November.

But the story gets even more disturbing.

At one point in the video, the RPD cop is heard approving of the bus driver kicking a mother and her two young children off the bus.

"He has the authority at anytime to kick anybody off the bus," the RPD cop tells passengers.

Corrine Moore said that the Rochester Police officer then gave her an ultimatum.

Get off the bus with your children, storm or no storm, or go to jail.

The RPD cop then used a very well known intimidation scare tactic commonly used against women with children.

The cop told Moore that if she didn't get off the bus, he would call Child Protective Services (CPS) and the children would be taken away.

"The police officer said to me 'you can can either get yourself and the kids off this bus or CPS will be called and your kids will be taken into custody and you'll be taken into custody," Moore said, adding, "I feel the officers were very racist, they didn't even give me a chance to say anything."

Moore also told me that before a passenger began video recording the incident, the Rochester Police officers were cursing at her.

Disgusting.

All over a $1.00.

$1.00 she already paid.

And the Rochester, NY Police department wonders why the community has zero respect for them?



UPDATE: Finally, nearly 24 hours after I was the first to break this disturbing story, roght here on my blog, Rochester, NY's mainstream, or how I like to call them, LAMESTREAM news media decided to report this disturbing incident.


Contact:

Regional Transit Service (RTS) 585-288-1700

Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminelli 585-428-7033

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren 585-428-7045




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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Former Rochester, NY Police Captain Michael Leach Gets Away With Murder; Will Serve Only 6 Months For Killing His Own Son

By Davy V.

Former Rochester, NY Police Captain
Michael Leach



Former Rochester, NY Police Captain Michael Leach has shot and killed at least two innocent people.

The first was on November 11, 1975, when as an RPD patrol officer, Michael Leach murdered Denise Hawkins, an African-American woman who was in an abusive relationship.

Leach claimed that he shot Denise Hawkins because she had a knife in her hand.

Rochester, NY Police officer Michael Leach, the son of former Rochester, NY Police Chief Delmar Leach, was cleared in Denise Hawkins' murder, and continued his career with the Rochester, NY Police department, rising to the rank of Captain, before retiring in 2001.

The second was on Saturday July 21, 2012 when Leach shot and killed his own son.

Michael Leach, a part time Perry, NY Police officer, and his son were staying at the Clarke's Beach Hotel, in Old Forge, NY, when according to New York State Police, the 59-year old Leach mistook his son, Matthew Leach, 37, for an intruder, before shooting him once in the back with his .45 caliber Glock handgun, when his son entered the motel room they both shared.

The Leach's were part of a motorcycle group that stays at the Clark's Beach motel every couple of years.

And now, Michael Leach, who was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of second degree murder, and who was scheduled to stand trial beginning on June 16, charged with the intentional murder of his son, accepted a plea deal to criminally negligent homicide.

In return for pleading guilty, Michael Leach will be sentenced to just 6 months in the Herkimer, NY County Jail.

Thats right.

Just 6 months.

In jail.

Not prison.

Jail.

For murdering his own son.

So let me get this straight.

Not only does former Rochester, NY Police Captain Michael Leach kills his own son, shooting him in the back, but he goes from being charged with intentionally murdering his son, to being offered a plea deal?

A plea deal of criminally negligent homicide?

A plea deal where a trigger-happy ex cop, who has murdered at least two innocent people, will serve only 6 months for killing his own son?

I guess when you're a former cop, you can get away with murder.

Literally.



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Monday, June 2, 2014

Rochester, NY Police Officer Drives Reckless, Flips Cruiser... Neighbor: "All we saw was the police car come flying around the corner and then it flipped."


Rochester, NY Police cruiser W-78 flipped over
in front of house on Delano St.


By Davy V.

Here's a disturbing incident that the Rochester, NY Police department wanted to keep on the down low.

A Rochester, NY Police officer, driving reckless at high speeds down a residential street, in a neighborhood where children are always playing outside, lost control, and flipped his cruiser.

The incident happened around 4:00 p.m. Sunday, on Delano St., near Colvin St. on Rochester's west side.

Neighbors say Rochester Police were chasing a black vehicle, when one RPD cruiser made a sharp U-turn.

That's when the Rochester Police officer who was driving cruiser W-78 reckless, swerved in order not to hit the cruiser who was turning, lost control, then flipped.


Rochester, NY Police officers having a good laugh.
"All we saw was the police car come flying around the corner and then it flipped," said a neighbor, who out of fear of retaliation by Rochester Police, asked me not to publish their name.

"My family was having a barbecue outside, the officer could have hit the house."

Can you imagine if for example, an innocent child just happens to riding their bike, when the Rochester Police cruiser comes flying and flips?

It reminds me of young Trayvonne Pritchett.

The 14-year old was struck and killed by rookie, probationary Rochester, NY Poloce officer Scott Calkins, while riding his bike on North Clinton Ave. in October of 2010.

Rochester Police officer Scott Calkins was also driving recklessly, traveling at unsafe speeds, responding to call.

Officer Scott Calkins, who was very inexperienced, was being supervised by RPD Field Training Officer Josh Lewis, who was in the passenger seat.

As for Sunday's incident where the Rochester Police officer flipped his cruiser, perhaps the neighbor says it best.


Rochester, NY Taxpayer Dollars at Work!

RPD Police officers share a laugh
after one of their own speeds down neighborhood,
loses control, and flips cruiser.






"It's not safe at all,  they shouldn't be driving like that down our streets."

"Is it really worth it?"

I don't know what disturbs me more.

Rochester, NY Police officers putting innocent lives, including young children's at risk, by driving recklessly, or as you can see in the photo to the right, laughing about the whole thing, like it's a big joke, after one of their own flips a cruiser.












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Months After Being Brutally Beaten by Rochester, NY Police officers, For Video Recording, Man Finds the Courage to Speak Out About Horrific Incident

Mark Schrothh
after being brutally beaten, and tased by Rochester, NY cops.


By Davy V.

Last December I exposed a violent beating that Mark Schrothh suffered at the hands of those whose job it is to Protect and Serve--the Rochester, NY Police Department.

Schrothh was beaten so bad by several members of Rochester's biggest gang, that as you can see by looking at the photo, he was left beyond recognition.

The vicious beating took place December 8, 2013 at O'Callaghan's Pub located on Monroe Avenue in Rochester, NY.

What's even more disturbing is that Mark Schrothh was simply an innocent bystander, who chose to exercise his first amendment right to video record an incident involving Rochester Police officers which he was not even a part of.

Below is a description of the traumatic experience Mark Schrothh endured at the hands of several rogue Rochester, NY cops.

Or, as a like to call them, thugs in uniform.

Here it is, in Mark Schrothh's own words.


"So as many of you may know, I was involved in a terrible situation on December 8, 2013 outside of O'Cals on Monroe Avenue. 

There was an altercation where the police were called to respond to a fight that I was not involved in. 

I was standing filming the attacks with my phone when I was harassed and pepper sprayed by police while being on the sidewalk. 

I was told that if I said another word, which I said very few of, I would be arrested. 

I said I was sorry and started to walk away, which is when an arm was wrapped around my throat from behind and I was tacked onto my chest. I was held down to tne ground by multiple cops and was beaten brutally. 

I got baton whips against my legs, punched repeatedly in the sides of my face and head and was shot with a taser twice while being held against the ground. 

I was then placed in hand cuffs, but because I was beaten so badly, I was sent to the hospital. I sat there for four hours while honey assessed me and then released me at around 6am. 

While sitting there I had to be accompanied by the very officers that beat me, and before they left I was asked if I learned my lesson. 

I guess I have, in a way. I can now say though, that after getting a lawyer and fighting a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest, which I don't know how I could have resisted while being forcefully held against the ground and beaten, but anyways, it's been a long  5-6 months and I am proud to say that it is OVER! 

I had to accept a charge of disorderly conduct, but am not facing any other issues or fines and I do not gave a misdemeanor on my record. 

Let my experience be a lesson to you.

My trust and belief that the cops are here to serve and protect is broken and most likely will never be repaired, but hey you live and learn. 

This whole situation has given me a lot to think about and has helped me in losing weight and becoming healthier inside and out. I want to thank everyone who has been there with me through this journey and express my highest gratitude fir standing by me and helping me. 

It means a lot to have people care about you and show that you are loved.

I'm  glad this matter is behind me and that I can move on with my life.

Happy to still be here and ready to make the best of this crazy situation. 

Much love everyone!"

- Mark Schrothh



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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rochester, NY Police officer's Father Handcuffed by Greece, NY Police After Getting into Accident While Rushing his Daughter to Hospital

Rochester, NY Police officer
Felicia Gilchrist
By Davy V.
Imagine this.
Your child is in pain and you're rushing them to a hospital emergency room.
On the way there, you get into an accident.
Then, as your child is dying, you are handcuffed by police, who keep you from your dying child.
That's exactly what happened to Rochester, NY Police officer Felicia Gilchrist's father, Tuesday night, when he ran a red light at the intersection of Long Pond and Latta Roads, in Greece, NY, and was hit by another vehicle, as he was rushing his daughter to Park Ridge Hospital.
In what has to be the most disgusting, example of adding insult to injury, Greece, NY cops twisted officer Gilchrist's father's arms, and handcuffed him, while his daughter lay dying.
"They placed the handcuffs on him tight," a very emotional Nikki Dennis said, referring to the Greece, NY cops.
"The handcuffs were so tight that they left marks on his wrists."
According to Greece, NY Police, officer Gilchrist's father was "highly emotional", and officers were "trying to control his movements."
"Highly emotional"?
"Trying to control his movements"?
Of course he was emotional.
He raced to his daughter's side, and then was rushing her to the hi spiral, when he crashed, then saw his daughter dying!
Shame on the Greece, NY Police department and Chief Patrick Phelan.
It doesn't get any lower than to handcuff a father, while his daughter is slipping away.
May Greece, NY Police Chief Patrick Phelan, or any of his rogue, insensitive, and unprofessional cops never have to feel what officer Gilchrist's father felt.
Seeing his daughter dying.
With his hands handcuffed behind his back.
Not even being able to hold, or kiss her.
Shame on the Greece, NY Police department.
God Bless Rochester Police officer Felicia Gilchrist.



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Monday, May 12, 2014

Rochester, NY Police Officers Park Wherever They Feel Like Parking. Why? Because They Just Can.

By Davy V.

Rochester, NY Police cruiser E-47
illegally parked in clearly marked
"NO PARKING ANYTIME" space.
Photo by Davy V.



Try this.

The next time you go to a busy supermarket and you can't find any close parking, do what the 

Rochester, NY Police department officers do.

Find a clearly marked "NO PARKING ANYTIME" space, you know the kind with bright yellow diagonal lines painted on the pavement, park your vehicle, and don't even care what anyone says or thinks.

After all, that's exactly what a Rochester, NY Police officer did Monday evening around 6:00 p.m., when they parked their cruiser, E-47, in a clearly marked "NO PARKING ANYTIME" space, with bright yellow diagonal lines, at a Wegmans food market on East Avenue in Rochester.

Photo by Davy V.

Oh wait.

You can't do that, because more than likely your vehicle would be towed by the time you come back out with your groceries.

But Rochester, NY Police officers can.

Why?

It doesn't matter.

They just can.



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Rochester, NY Police Lieutenant Francis DiPrimo Defends his Sgt. David Joseph Running Personal Errands, On Duty; "It Doesn't Matter."

By Davy V.

According to Rochester, NY Police Lieutenant Francis DPrimo, he has no problem with one of his Sergeants, David Joseph, running personal errands, on duty, on taxpayer time.

In fact, Lieutenant DiPrimo told Sgt. Joseph he could.


Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David Joseph
leaving East Avenue Auto.

RPD Sgt. David Joseph's
Nissan Xterra.
Saturday morning, Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David Joseph, who was on-duty, and in full uniform, got a ride from an unidentified RPD officer, who drove Joseph from the Rochester Police department's west division, located at 1099 Jay Street, in a marked RPD cruiser, to an auto repair shop almost 6 miles away, on the other side of the city, where Joseph picked up his personal vehicle, which had been serviced at the garage.

Rochester, NY Police Sergeant then jumped in his Nissan Xterra, sped down East Avenue, sped down Culver Road, and jumped on interstate 490 West.

Sgt. Joseph then made several illegal land changes by failing to signal, and accelerated to high speeds which well exceeded the listed 55 miles per hour limit, as well as a well known 40 miles per hour speed zone, on his way back to the Rochester Police west division headquarters.

And once again, it was an alert citizen who saw Rochester Police Sgt. David Joseph and decided to document it.

The woman, who asked that I not publish her name for fear of retaliation by the Rochester Police department spoke with me a phone interview.


RPD Sgt. David Joseph speeds down Interstate 490 West.
"I tried to keep up with him when he got on the expressway, but he floored it," said the concerned taxpayer who took the photos n the right.

"I don't think it's right that these officers are wasting our tax dollars on things like this, and then to speed on the expressway and put innocent lives at risk makes no sense at all," she said.

And she's right.

Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David Joseph's reckless driving putting innocent, law-abiding motorists' lives at risk, motorists who unlike Sgt. Joseph, were obeying the posted speed signs, is not the first time that a Rochester Police officer with the last name of Joseph, showed a blatant disregard for human life by driving recklessly.

EX-CON
Rochester Police Sgt. David Joseph's brother
Nick Joseph.
NYS Department of Corrections photo
In 2008 Sgt. David Joseph's brother, former Rochester, NY Police officer and Greece Police Sgt. Nick Joseph was off duty, drinking and doing cocaine at Spenders bar on Lyell Ave. in Rochester, NY when he got behind the wheel of his brother David Joseph's Ford Fusion and while racing on interstate 390 North, doing in excess of 80 miles per hour, rear ended a stalled vehicle which was parked on the shoulder.

In that vehicle was Alexis Sharpe, a young pregnant mother.

The impact ruptured Sharpe's placenta and she had to undergo emergency surgery, forcing her to deliver her daughter, Azaria, 14 weeks prematurely.

Azaria spent 93 days in the hospital and suffers ongoing medical problems.

Joseph fled under the cover of darkness immediately after crashing into Sharpe's vehicle.

Key evidence in Joseph's trial included surveillance video from the bar which showed Joseph downing drink after drink, as well as cocaine residue on the airbag of the Ford Fusion.

Nick Joseph was sentenced 3 to 7 years in New York State prison.

So what did Rochester, NY Police Sgt. David Joseph's supervisor, Lieutenant Francis DiPrimo have to say about Sgt. Joseph running personal errands on duty, and on taxpayer time?

Not much.

In fact, again, it was DiPrimo who gave Joseph permission.

And it was DiPrimo who also allowed a second officer, one which he refused to identify to drive Sgt. Joseph all tne way cross town to luck up his personal vehicle at that garage.

You can hear my phone conversation with RPD Lt. DiPrimo below.

Listen as Lt. DiPrimo immediately assumes that it was me who witnessed Sgt. David Joseph speeding.

What Lt. DiPrimo either fails to realize, or doesn't want to realize is that every day, throughout the country, more and more citizens are recording and documenting law enforcement officers misusing their tax dollars.

As you listen to my conversation with Lt. DiPrimo use words such as "it doesn't matter", in justifying Sgt. Joseph's reckless actions, keep in mind that this is exactly what I have worked so hard over the past nearly 20 years to expose.

The 'brotherhood' and 'thin blue line' culture which exists among law enforcement officers.

A disturbing culture where superiors refuse not only to take accountability for their officers' inappropriate, unethical actions and behavior, but actually encourage it.

An above the law, disturbing mentality of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Ironically, it was this very well known law enforcement practice which allowed Rochester Police Sgt. David Joseph's brother, Nick Joseph to be one of the dirtiest cops in Monroe County history.


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Friday, May 2, 2014

Rochester, NY Police officer Threatens Me With Assault Rifle

By Davy V.

Rochester, NY Police officer brandishes assault rifle


Rochester, NY Police officers are never too happy when I exercise my first amendment right to photograph and video record them.

Most of the time they avoid me like the plague.

Other times, as can be seen in the videos on my YouTube channel, they are visibly nervous and uncomfortable whenever I've video recorded them.

Is his finger on the trigger?

RPD officer stares me down
for taking photos.
They have walked away from me, sped off, and done just about anything they can in order to avoid being photographed or video recorded.

But they have never threatened me.

Until today.

I don't often visit my old Child Street neighborhood.

There's really no need to.

The house I grew up in was torn down and has been replaced by yet another vacant city lot, where broken bottles lay on the dirt floor, and wooden posts form a barrier outlining where my home used to sit.

But today I did visit.

I decided to drive by the Campbell Street recreation center, where I spent my youth playing softball.

As I turned on Campbell Street, I noticed a black Rochester, NY Police department armored vehicle parked on the side of the RPD's Special Operations Division, located at 261 Child Street.

One of the original photos I took
of RPD armored vehicle.

I pulled my car over to the side, parked, then took some photos of the armored personnel vehicle.

Then, as I was pulling off, I heard someone yell, "Hey!"

When I turned around I noticed a Rochester, NY Police officer, fully dressed in camouflage gear.

The officer then looked at me, motioned his head back as if to say 'What's up?', then lifted up a black, assault rifle then laughed.

Thinking I had my camera set to 'record', I realized it was set to 'photo' mode, so I snapped several photos.

As you can see in the photo on the right, the Rochester Police officer can be seen in the doorway, holding up the assault rifle, staring me down.

Can you imagine if you or I brandished a firearm at a police officer?

What do you think would happen?

I immediately called 911 and asked that a supervisor call me.

No one has yet.



I will be updating this post.



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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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