Rochester, NY Police officer Daryl Pierson
Updated Tuesday May 5, 2015
By Davy V.
In what would be some of his last words, before dying after being shot during a foot chase, Rochester, NY Police officer Daryl Pierson yelled to a black man, "I'm going to fuck you up!"
That testimony came Wednesday in the trial of Thomas Johnson III, who is charged with aggravated murder in the shooting death of RPD officer Pierson.
Jamal Bollar, an innocent bystander who was shot in his left leg during the foot chase, testified that he had taken his dog outside to use the bathroom, when he saw Rochester, NY Police officer Daryl Pierson running after Johnson.
Bollar testified that he heard Johnson yell, You're going to have to catch me," to officer Pierson, and that Pierson yelled to Johnson, "I'm going to fuck you up!"
Just a few seconds after that, dark, grainy video surveillance footage captured from a nearby grocery store shows Rochester Police officer Daryl Pierson catching up to Johnson, as the two fall to the street.
It is at that point which prosecutors claim that Johnson intentionally shot officer Pierson.
But the video doesn't clearly show what exactly occurred on that dark corner of Hudson Avenue and Ernst Street.
In the video, which I have posted the link below, the chase is captured on several surveillance cameras of grocery stores and corner bar.
While the quality of the video is not bad, for your average surveillance camera footage, the part that captures the moment where Johnson allegedly shoots Pierson, is bad.
Too bad to make out exactly what happened.
Personally, I find it interesting that despite this being such a high profile case, one of the biggest cases in the history of the City of Rochester, NY and Monroe County, and the first time a Rochester Police officer has been shot and killed since 1959, it doesn't seem that Monroe County, NY District Attorney Sandra Doorley has made an effort to have the video footage enhanced.
In fact, something else I found interesting, and something which Defense Attorney James Hinman brought up in court is that the video which was played in court, and the video that the jury saw, which is the same video I've linked below, is an edited video.
What I mean is that the video is comprised of all the different surveillance camera videos which captured the foot chase, from the time Rochester Police officer Michael DiPaola turns his cruiser onto Ernst Street, and officer Daryl Pierson jumps out from the passenger side and begins to chase Thomas Johnson III, to the point where officer DiPaola shoots Johnson.
The Monroe County District Attorney's officer asked Greg Peck, a video analyst for the Rochester Police Department, to edit down specific footage from each surveillance camera, and condense all that footage onto one DVD.
Look, I'm usually not which to jump into some conspiracy theory, but there's a lot at stake here with this case.
Well, first of all there's a black man accused of intentionally shooting and killing a white Rochester, NY cop.
The first Rochester, NY cop to be shot and killed in 55 years.
And they have to make an example out of this black man.
In fact, they are trying anything they can in order to make sure that they make an example out of him.
That was clear when Judge Thomas Moran, a former cop and prosecutor,who is married to an ex-cop, refused to recuse himself from the case.
Then there's Sandra Doorley, the Monroe County District Attorney, a democrat, who just recently switched party lines and will now be a republican in the upcoming elections.
So is it conspiracy?
What I do know is that pretty much as I predicted, it's turning out to look like a legal lynching.
The ex-cop, turned prosecutor, turned judge.
The fact that he refused to recuse himself.
A black man on trial.
For allegedly intentionally shooting a white police officer.
A poor quality video and the fact that it has become pretty clear in the trial already that despite this case being one of the biggest in Rochester, NY and Monroe County history, it has become pretty clear in the trial already that Monroe County Distruct Attornery Sandra Doorley made no effort to enhance the video.
I mean a cop was shot and killed, and yet no effort is made on the part of prosecutors to present the best quality video possible to a jury who will decide a man's fate?
And as far as Rochester, NY Police officer yelling at a black man, "I'm going to fuck you up" ?
DOES NOT SURPRISE ME ONE BIT.
That's exactly how Rochester, NY Police officers, especially white officers, treat minorities.
Think about it.
I called the Rochester, NY Police Tactical Unit out for their brutality of minorities, especially African-Americans, more than 6 monts before an innocent bystander who was shot during the foot chase testifies that a white cop, Daryl Pierson yelled to a black suspect, "I'm going to fuck you up!"
Like I wrote in my September 7, 2014 piece, "Rochester, NY Police officer Daryl Pierson is No Hero" more than 6 months ago, I know just how the Rochester, NY Police Department gets down.
I know how dirty and corrupt the Rochester, NY Police Department is.
I know just how corrupt the Rochester, NY Police Tactical Unit is.