Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rochester, NY Taxpayer Dollars at Work: When RPD officers Hang Out at Donut Shops, Taxpayers Foot the Gas Bill

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police cruiser E-42
was left running nearly an hour
while officers were inside Dunkin' Donuts

Some may have read my last piece, about Rochester, NY Police officers Tony Belliard and Garth Mitchell harassing a hard working, single mother over parking. (For those who may not have read my piece, I have included the link below).

Well, in part, it was that piece, which prompted me to document something she said, something I, and many of you have been aware of, when it comes to Rochester, NY Police officers leaving their cruisers running, wasting gas, gas that taxpayers pay for, while they frequent coffee shops, restaurants, and other hangouts.

Or as the woman who was harassed by RPD officers Tony Belliard and Garth Mitchell said,, "while they're inside sucking on coffee and slamming donuts down their throats..."

So, since Rochester Police officers enjoy bullying and harassing innocent hard working tax paying citizens, I decided to document some of their coffee sucking, donut slamming, while leaving their cruisers running antics.

Below I've posted a couple of videos.

The first is of Rochester Police cruiser E-42, left running outside Dunkin' Donuts located at 1691 East Ave. for nearly an hour Thursday morning, while several officers sucked and slammed inside.

If you notice in the video, not only was the cruiser left running, but the officer must have really been in a rush to slam that manager's special donut, because he also left his wipers running.

Another interesting thing is that the officers parked their cruisers in a parking lot adjacent to the Dunkin' Donuts shop.

A parking lot which actually belongs to Public Storage, a self storage business, NOT Dunkin' Donuts.

And I said "officers" because there was at least another RPD cruiser, E-107 also parked in the storage business parking lot.

But wait, it gets better.

As proof that Rochester, NY Police officers leaving their cruisers running is no fluke or random thing, but rather normal everyday practice, as you can see in the video below there was yet another Rochester Police cruiser E-76, left running in the McDonald's parking lot, which is next door to the storage business.

Now I know there will be some who will say cone on give them a break, they deserve to have a coffee and a donut, or two.

That's not my point with this piece.

My point is the following,

In a city which is ranked the 5th poorest city in the U.S., taxpayers should be disgusted that not only are their hard earned dollars paying for Rochester, NY Police officers to sit around sucking coffee and slamming donuts, but they should be disgusted that these same Rochester Police officers could care less about leaving their cruisers running, sometimes for hours at a time.

After all, why should they care?

They're not paying for the gas.

You are.

Click Play to watch Rochester, NY Police cruiser E-42 left running at Dunkin' Donuts


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Click Play to watch Rochester, NY Police cruiser E-76 parked next to truck, left running for over 45 minutes.

Click link to read my piece on Rochester, NY Police officers Tony Belliard and Garth Mitchell harassing hard working, single mother over parking.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rochester, NY Police officers Tony Belliard and Garth Mitchell Harass Woman over Parking

Rochester, NY Police officer
Anthony "Tony" Belliard

By Davy V.

With one of their own officers, Sgt. Anthony Bongiovanni, under investigation for shooting his own friend early Monday morning, drugs, rapes, robberies, and increasing homicides, including a triple murder, you'd think that the Rochester, NY Police department would have better things to do than to harass a hardworking, tax paying city resident and African-American single mother, over parking.

That's right.


Here's the story.

The woman who contacted me Tuesday afternoon, asking for my help, and who asked that I not use her name for fear of retaliation by Rochester Police, shared the following with me.

Employed as a professional truck driver whose job includes driving out of state, she has been parking her day cab, (without a trailer), which she takes home every day, in front of her North Winton Road home.

A day cab is smaller than a regular cab as it doesn't have a sleeper compartment.

The woman usually parks her cab in a corner parking lot which is always empty, however with the recent snowfalls, she stopped parking there, in order not to get stuck, since the lot is often not plowed.

That's when she parks in front of her home, where there aren't any " NO PARKING" signs, or any alternate day parking restrictions whatsoever.

In fact, parking is always allowed on both sides of the street.

She has been doing this for several months, with no problem, since September.

Until Monday night.

Around 10:00 p.m.

That's when Rochester, NY Police officer Anthony "Tony" Belliard showed up to her home, where she and her children were asleep, and began pounding on her front door.

When she answered the door, officer Belliard asked if the truck parked in front of her home was her truck.

She replied that it was.

Officer Belliard then told her that she could not park in front of her home.

She explained that she has parked her truck there on and off, depending if her regular parking spot, which is the parking lot has been plowed or not.

She explained to officer Belliard that it's never been a problem.

"Well you can't park there anymore," Belliard said.

The woman then told officer Belliard that she didn't understand why, especially since not only has she parked there for months, without any issues, but also that there aren't any parking restrictions on either side of the street.

She then proceeded to tell officer Belliard that to avoid any issues, she would just park the cab in the parking lot, like she always has.

"No, you can't park there either," replied Belliard.

Belliard then asked the woman for her phone number, and told her that he would call her.

Rochester, NY Police officer
Garth Mitchell.
Sometime Tuesday morning, while the woman was at work, Rochester Police officer Garth Mitchell came to her home and left a card with his name and number asking that the woman call him.

When she got hone from work, she called but got officer Mitchell's voicemail.

She left a message.

A few hours later, Rochester, NY Police officer Tony Belliard called the woman, who at that point asked Belliard why another officer had come to her home, all over a parking issue.

Belliard told the woman he didn't know.

At that point the woman informed officer Belliard, that not only was all this so petty and ridiculous, all over parking, but that after Friday, it wouldn't matter anyways, since she was moving.

"Where are you moving to?" officer Belliard asked the woman.

The woman did not answer.

Card officer Garth Mitchell left at woman's home.
Notice his title:
"Crime Prevention Officer"
"Are you moving in the city, or out of the area?" asked officer Belliard.

"Out of the area," the woman replied.

I asked the woman how she felt that in a city which claims to want to attract people to move into the city, that the Rochester Police department would go out of their way to harass someone, over parking.

"I feel that it's so petty, seeing that it was only temporary due to the fact that I only parked there due to the weather," she said, adding, "I get so sick and tired of seeing cops at coffee shops with their cruisers left running outside while they're inside sucking on coffee and slamming donuts down their throats when they should be out there trying to solve crime."

"Keep in mind, I work hard, I am not on any kind of public assistance, I feel bad because I'm watching my tax dollars at work, so many crimes go unsolved, but yet they have time to sit around or harass people."

So there you have it Rochester, NY taxpayers, your hard earned tax dollars at work, the Rochester Police department harassing hardworking, tax paying, single mothers.

Over parking.

So the next time you call 911 to report open air drug dealing, and you see that the Rochester, NY Police department doesn't respond, now you see why.

They're too busy bullying, and harassing innocent people.

Over petty parking issues.

Click on link below to read my piece on Rochester, NY Police officer Anthony Bongiovanni shooting his friend.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Rochester, NY Cop Shoots Friend

By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police officer
Anthony Bongiovanni

There are alot of questions to be answered after a Rochester, NY Police officer shot and seriously wounded his own friend early Monday morning.

Here's what the Rochester, NY Police department says happened.

Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Anthony Bongiovanni was "startled" when his "friend", 51-year old Chuck Andrews, of South Carolina, entered Bongiovanni's home at 436 South Avenue around 5:25 a.m.

Rochester Police say officer Bongiovanni's friend was trying to "visit" him.

According to Rochester Police, Sgt. Bongiovanni then grabbed his own "legally registered" firearm, and shot his "friend" in the torso, before realizing he had just shot his "friend".

Andrews is listed in guarded condition after undergoing surgery.


Chuck Andrews being taken to ambulance
That was the Rochester, NY Police department's version of what transpired before dawn at one of their officer's home.
Rochester, NY Police technician
removes bags of evidence from
officer Bongiovanni's home.

I suppose there are many who will blindly believe anything the Rochester, NY Police department says, including their spins and lies in order to protect one of their own.

I also know there are many who will blindly believe Rochester's Corporate-America run mainstream news media, who always find a way to help law enforcement, especially the Rochester Police department's spins lies and cover ups.

Scene of shooting.
Rochester, NY Police officer Anthony Bongiovanni's home
located at 436 South Avenue.

Let the Spin Begin!
A nervous interim
Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminelli
addresses Rochester's LAMESTREAM news media.
As for Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Anthony Bongiovanni, he is currently on paid suspension pending the Rochester Police department's coverup, sorry I mean 'investigation'.

Wow, I guess Rochester Police officers are not only trigger-happy on duty, but off-duty as well.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rochester, NY Police officer Blinds me and my Children with Cruiser's Spotlight, Causes Two Car Crash, then Speeds Off

By Davy V.

While waiting at a red light at the intersection of Buffalo Rd. and Glide St, a Rochester, NY Police west division officer, stopped at the same red light but heading in the opposite direction as me, turned on his cruiser's spotlight, pointed it directly at my vehicle, blinding me and my family, including my 2 sons, my 4-year old daughter and my niece.

It all happened around 7:15 pm, Thursday evening, as I was returning from taking my son and niece to dance class.

Not knowing why the RPD officer was blinding me and my family with his spotlight, which he kept on us even after the traffic light had turned green, I stood still, not moving forward.

Like I always tell people, when coming into any contact with law enforcement, whether it's being pulled over, questioned, or in this case, having a huge floodlight shone right at me and my family, the important thing is to remain calm.

NEVER give a law enforcement officer ANY reason to think that you are trying to evade him or her, or have anything to hide.

Then I heard a loud crashing sound directly behind me.

A car had been hit in the rear end by another car.

At that same moment, the RPD officer sped away, not even stopping to see if anyone was injured.

I pulled my vehicle to the side of the road, at which time both of the other drivers had gotten out of their cars.

Both drivers, a middle aged woman, and man, almost in unison, asked me the same question.

"Why did he shine the light on you like that?"

"And he just kept on going," said the man.

A few minutes later another Rochester Police cruiser who happened to be driving by, stopped and turned on his emergency lights.

That officer was RPD Sgt. Bello.

Sgt. Bello came up to me and asked me what happened.

He asked me for my name.

"I've heard the name," Sgt. Bello said, 

"I'm familiar with your work."

I explained to him that an officer blinded me with the spotlight and not knowing why, or what was going on I remained standing.

I asked Sgt. Bello if he knew who that officer was.

Sgt. Bello said he did not.

I gave Sgt. Bello my card and told him I wanted the officer's name.

I told Sgt. Bello that the officer's actions were reckless.

Not only did the officer's unwarranted, and obvious unnecessary actions shining a spotlight on me and my children, cause me to remain standing and not proceed, as I thought I was being stopped, but then for the officer, a first responder, to have left the scene of a motor vehicle accident, something me or you would be charged for, was completely irresponsible and unprofessional.

Sgt. Bello then looked at me and said, " I don't know why the officer did that, I will ask around and see if anyone raises their hand and admits it was them."

Sgt. Bello told me I was free to go.

I got in my vehicle and told my frightened children that everything was ok.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Lawsuit names Former Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, officers Alexander Baldauf, and Ricky Harris Jr., for Beating Caught on Home Surveillance Video

Former Rochester, NY Police Chief
James Sheppard

By Davy V.

Breakups are never easy.

It's never fun to have to gather your belongings, and pack your car up.

Especially when you're leaving your own home.

Well, imagine if during the course of you loading your things up into your vehicle, your significant other starts arguing with you and begins yelling, threatening to take the license plates off your vehicle because even though the title is on your name, the registration is in hers.

She then calls the police.

Then, shortly after the police arrive, an officer beats you viciously, while his partner stands by watching.

That's exactly what happened to Dwayne Ivery on August 17, 2013 right in front of his home, located at 1509 East Main St.

As Ivery was talking with his girlfriend, Rochester, NY Police officer Alexander Baldauf became irate.

"I thought I told you not to say anything!" Baldauf yelled at Ivery.

Rochester Police officer Baldauf then grabbed Dwayne Ivery's hand, and punched him in the head.

Officer Baldauf then continued to punch Ivery, who can be seen in the video trying to protect himself from the beating, trying to retreat.

Officer Baldauf then pins Dwayne Ivery down, where the beating continues.

At one point during the beating, RPD officer Baldauf stomps on Dwayne Ivery's head with his boot.

The whole time, Rochester, NY Police officer Ricky J. Harris Jr. stood by watching.

At no point in time intervening in the vicious beating of an nnocent man, by his partner,

Ivery, who was charged with aggravated harassment and resisting arrest, suffered multiple injuries as the result of RPD officer Baldauf's beating, including a fractured nose.

Home surveillance video captured Dwayne Ivery's beating
by Rochester, NY Police officer Alexander C. Baldauf.

Thanks to the power of video, the whole incident was captured on Mr. Ivery's home surveillance video system. (I have included the video below)

Ted Forsyth, of Rochester Indymedia and Enough is Enough, was first to report on this disturbing incident.

Forsyth sent me a press release announcing a press conference on Tuesday February 4, 2014, where Dwayne Ivery, along with his attorney, Charles F. Burkwit, will formally announce the filing of a lawsuit against the Rochester, NY Police department and the City of Rochester.

In addition to the Rochester Police department and the City of Rochester, the lawsuit names former RPD Chief James Sheppard as well as RPD officer Ricky J. Harris Jr.

Read more in Ted Forsythe's press release.

Click the link below to read Ted Forsythe's original piece on beating

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