Tuesday, July 12, 2016

City of Rochester, NY Monroe County 911 Operators Sleeping on The Job


"911, What's Your Emergen... zzzzz... ?"

A City of Rochester, NY 911 operator asleep with his headset still on

By Davy V.


According to John Merklinger, the Director of the City of Rochester, and Monroe County, NY 911 Emergency Communications Center, the five dispatchers shown in photos sleeping on the job, work the 12 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. shift.

The photos, which were sent to me by a very reliable source who asked to remain anonymous show 911 dispatchers sleeping at their desks, some slumped over in their seats, with their headsets still on.

The story, one of the biggest I've broken here on my blog, is especially disturbing considering that these are the individuals one relies on in an emergency.


City of Rochester 911 Director John Merklinger

On Wednesday afternoon, after Rochester, NY's mainstream news media picked up the story, 911 Director John Merklinger said he was unaware of any of his employees sleeping on the job.

But that's hard to believe, according to information my source gave me.

According to my source, employees sleeping on the job inside the 911 center is a regular occurrence, and one which not only are supervisors aware of, but also ignore.

In fact, this causes what is commonly referred to as a "delay of dispatch."

That's when information about a specific emergency, sits on a 911 dispatcher's computer screen, waiting to be given out.

But it's a little hard to give out crucial information where every second counts, if you're knocked out snoring at your desk.

In one incident in which a 911 operator was asleep at their desk, a supervisor who was alerted by another 911 employee, simply dismissed that employee's concern.

"This is a daily occurrence and the supervisors just ignore it, one occasion a supervisor said "yea I know", and laughed about it , again doing nothing about it," the source said.

Other disturbing behavior inside the City of Rochester and Monroe County, NY Emergency Communications Center includes bullying.

In one incident, a 911 employee received a 30 day paid suspension after bullying another employee.

I will be updating this story.

Read my original story below.


By Davy V.

The last thing you expect when you call 911 in an emergency, is that the operators are asleep.

It's almost unthinkable to imagine that the same individuals whose job it is to be alert when every second counts, are instead snoring at their desks, with their headsets still on.

Yet in an exclusive story which you'll see first right here on my blog, that's exactly what an anonymous source who contacted me Monday morning says is happening inside the City of Rochester, NY Monroe County 911 Emergency Communications Center.

In fact, according to my source, it's a regular occurrence.

And here are the photos to prove it...

Check back for updates on this story.













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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hypocrisy and Bullshit Once Again Running Rampant in Rochester, NY


Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren

By Davy V.

Sometimes one just has to take a break.

It's very easy to get burned out, and it's been a very rough few weeks leading up to the anniversary of my dad's death, which was today, July 9th.


It's been 23 years since my dad Mario Vara, committed suicide after years of being targeted by members of the Rochester, NY Police Department, as a result of his work as a police accountability activist.

And so I took some time off from writing, as well as from adding new content to my YouTube channel, DavyVTV. (Shameless plug--please subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already.)

But as much as I enjoyed hitting the pause button and disconnecting for a bit, it was hard to do, especially when I had to explain to my children how it is that in this great country we live in, the Good Ol' USA, a black man can be stopped for a supposed broken taillight, and end up being shot several times by yet another trigger-happy cop who is so scared of death himself, that frankly he should've never become a cop in the first place, and then explain to my children how that same black man bleeds out in the driver's seat of his car, while his 4-year old daughter watches from the back seat and while the same cop who just executed her father refuses to render first aid to him, and instead continues to point his gun at him.

Fast forward just a few hours, and after 5 Dallas Police officers are ambushed during a peaceful protest, just a little more than a block away from where JFK was assassinated, I once again find myself talking to my children.

This time about how violence towards police is never the answer, and how it actually hurts the cause.

The very same cause their grandfather fought so hard for, and which I've continued.

And then it happens.

Blatant hypocrisy.

Right in my hometown.

Rochester, NY.

I'm talking about the bandwagoners.

The opportunists.

Those in my hometown who are nowhere to be seen when there's an injustice in their own city, but who'll be quick to grab a sign and run to the streets not because they truly believe in the cause, but because  it's the 'cool' thing to do.

Simply because they see everyone else is doing it throughout the country.

Ii'm talking about those who scream "Black lives matter!", but don't say a peep whenever a black youth takes another black life.


That's Rochester, NY.

Where the founding father of America's civil rights movement, Frederick Douglass is buried.

The same city where 7 Rochester, NY cops executed a mentally-ill young man on his 20th birthday, then laughed about it as his cold body lay uncovered for hours on a hot, blood-soaked sidewalk.

And the Rochester community stood silent like it never even happened.

The same city where a white Rochester, NY cop stood over a black woman he had just shot, and as she choked on her own blood, looked down at her and shot her again.

And the Rochester community stood silent like it never even happened.

The same city where Lovely Warren, Rochester's first black woman mayor, for years has turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed by her rogue cops, has the audacity to get in front of television news cameras and say "There are things we can improve on.", after Rochester cops arrested two black news reporters during Friday's protest.

Fucking hypocrite.

Just like the rest of them.

Especially the ones holding the signs yelling "Black Lives Matter!"

The same ones who are nowhere to be found when a Rochester, NY cop executes an innocent black or Latino.

The same ones who are nowhere to be found when a black youth commits black genocide.

It's how you know someone's not genuine.

When they only come out when, yep, you guessed it... when it's the cool thing to do.

Just like all the naive white college kids holding up "Black Lives Matter" signs, who are completely clueless as to the hypocrisy of the organization.

An organization who on top of ignoring black on black violence and genocide, also attacked Bernie Sanders, someone with a documented history of standing up for civil rights, dating back to the 1960's.

Long before most Black Lives Matter so-called members were even born.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Community Policing 101: Brighton, NY Police officer Mark Skidmore; A Throwback to The Beat Cop


Brighton, NY Police officer Mike Skidmore 

By Davy V.

As my blog closes in on the 2 million views mark, what better way to cross that milestone than with a good story, about a good cop.

Before Davy V., there was David Vara.

A shy, quiet kid, uprooted from his sunny adopted hometown of Miami, Florida, and transplanted back to his cold and dark hometown of Rochester, NY.

When I was 9 years old, Officer Friendly visited my 3rd grade class at Jonathan Child #21 School.

He talked to us about the importance of stranger danger, and about how police officers were "the good guys."

Later, that same day at home, as I showed my dad the coloring booklet officer Friendly had given my class, my dad reinforced officer Friendly's talk by telling me that the police were indeed "the good guys."

My dad also told me that if I ever found myself lost or in need of help, to seek the dark blue uniforms and the shiny badges.

That all changed in June of 1986 when Rochester, NY Police officers Randall "Rambo" Benjamin, and Mark Mariano kicked in our front door, illegally broke into our home without a warrant, terrorized me and my family at gunpoint, threatened to shoot my dog, ransacked through our belongings, overturned mattresses, dumped out dresser drawers, and broke  my softball trophy.

That day changed my dad 's life orever.

As a Cuban immigrant who had fled a police state where Castro's Gestapo-like G-2 cops kicking in your door was an all too common occurrence, my dad never trusted the police again after that day.

Neither did I.

That one incident led to my dad becoming active and very outspoken against police misconduct.

Which in turn led to the Rochester, NY Police Department targeting my dad the 'Good Ol' Boys Club' way.

Members of the Rochester, NY Police Department harassed and intimidated my dad on an almost daily basis.

If they saw him walking to the corner store, they would stop him for no reason.

If they saw him driving, they would pull him over just to fuck with him.

Eventually the selective targeting and intimidation on the part of the Rochester Police Department took its toll on my dad.

Simply put, they made my dad's life miserable.

My dad fell into a very bad, deep depression and he stopped being the outgoing, passionate man he once was.

It got to the point where my dad barely left his room.

On July 9, 1993 while my mom was in the kitchen  making dinner, and I was in the living room watching television, my dad committed suicide.

At my dad's wake, the first 5 people to come pay their respects were all Rochester, NY cops.

Good cops.

Cops who knew that what Rochester Police officers Randall "Rambo" Benjamin and Mark Mariano did to our family was wrong.

Among those officers was Ron Fontaine, who I'm proud to say was my dad's friend.

As a kid I would often sit on my porch on Child Street,  taking small breaks in between riding my BMX bike, to eat Now & Laters and drink 25 cent huggie juices.

Rochester, NY Police officer Ron Fontaine would drive by and wave.

Every now and then he'd stop his cruiser in front of our house and say hi to my dad and me.

He'd always call me "Kid."


Me with Retired Rochester, NY Police officer Ron Fontaine.


From right to left: Me, my Dad, and Judge Provenzano when my Dad became a U.S. Citizen 

At my dad's wake, Officer Fontaine cried, as he stood next to my dad's casket, and looked down at his friend Mario.

Officer Fontaine then turned to me, my brother and my mom and hugged us.

"Mario was a good man," he said.

Brighton, NY Police officer Mark Skidmore reminds me a lot of Rochester Police officer Ron Fontaine.

Officer Skidmore will often stop and pull over when he sees me with my daughter.

He'll go out of his way to give her a high five and say hi to us.

And he'll often give my daughter coupons for free ice cream, and slurpees for her and her brothers.

Despite my public image and the fact that I'm hated and despised by many in law enforcement, most of whom don't know much about me, except what they hear, or read about me, Brighton, NY Police officer Mark Skidmore has NEVER treated me any differently.

He's slways respected me.


But most importantly, he's always respected my children.

Officer Skidmore recently told me he's big on community policing.

Well, it shows.

We need more cops on the streets willing to stop and say hi to citizens.

We need more cops on the streets who truly care about the communities they patrol.

And we need more cops on the streets who want to build a relationship with the citizens in those communities.

Cops who will go out of their way to high-five a young child.

Cops who will stop their cruiser just to say hi to a kid sitting on his porch.

Not drive by that young kid and stare him down.

We need more cops like Ron Fontaine.

And Mark Skidmore. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Retired Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy's Son Arrested in Illegal Sale of Over 100 Assault Rifles


Kordell Jackson, son of former Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Sam Jackson

By Davy V.

Calling it "The biggest gun bust it has ever made.", New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the arrest of three Rochester, NY area men, including the son of a former Monroe County, NY Sheriff's Deputy.

But not surprisingly, Rochester's pro-police mainstream news media outlets failed to report that part.

Kordell Jackson, 40, of West Henrietta, NY, a suburb of Rochester, who owned Jackson Gun and Ammo, and two of his employees are charged with illegally selling more than 100 assault rifles.

Jackson is the son of Sam Jackson, a retired Monroe County, NY Sheriff's Deputy.


Jackson Guns & Ammo, Henrietta, NY also sold firearms to retired and current law enforcement officers.

And, in another interesting connection to local Rochester area law enforcement, Kordell Jackson is the brother of disgraced Rochester, NY Police officer Clint Jackson, who was convicted of sexual abuse charges after being arrested in 2002.

As a Rochester, NY cop, Clint Jackson loved to pull women over.

And search them.

Instead of calling for a female police officer to conduct extensive body searches, Clint Jackson would fondle the women, rubbing their inner things, touching their crotch area, and their breasts.

In January of 2002, Rochester Police officer Clint Jackson was arrested and charged with 13 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, after at least four female victims came forward.

More women came forward and shared their own stories of being pulled over and sexually assaulted by Rochester, NY Police officer Clint Jackson.

Jackson was convicted on a total of 15 counts of 3rd degree sexual abuse, and sentenced to only 2 years in prison.

Call it the Good Ol' Boys Club justice which I always talk about where cops get a slap on her wrist.


Former Rochester, NY Cop Clint Jackson Convicted of 15 Counts of Sexual Abuse

Also charged were Ken Youngren, 30, of Alfred, NY, and Joshua Perkins, 28, of Irondequoit, NY.

As for Kordell Jackson, he's charged with three counts of felony first degree criminal sale of a firearm, one count of felony second degree criminal sale of a firearm, and two counts of felony manufacture, transport, disposition and defacement of weapons and dangerous instruments and appliances.

Each of the assault rifles Kordell Jackson sold violates New York State's Safe Act, which was passed in 2013.

It's important to note that a large percentage of Kordell Jackson's customer base was retired, and current law enforcement officers.

I will be updating this piece.



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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Woman Arrested for Video Recording Greece, NY Cops Tasering, Assaulting Man


Greece, NY Cop Tasers Man

By Davy V.

A disturbing 5 minute video posted on Facebook early Tuesday morning shows a man being tased, punched, and kneed by several Greece, NY Police officers who yell at him, "Do you want it again?", before one cop is seen looking towards the camera and realizing they're being video recorded.

At one point in the video a motorist passing by yells "Shoot him!", showing just how ignorant and insensitive humanity can be.

The video ends with a Greece, NY Police officer asking a woman who is recording the video, for her name.

In the Facebook post, the woman writes that she was arrested for video recording.


Greece, NY Police arrested Tabitha Drager, the woman heard video recording the incident which occurred at 4219 Mt. Read Blvd. in Greece, NY, a suburb of Rochester.

According to Deager, she was sitting in her porch when a Greece Police officer stopped in front of her house and approached her friend, John Walls Jr.

Walls Jr. had an outstanding warrant.

But perhaps more disturbing than what the video shows, excessive force, and an overall show of rage on the part of the Greece Police officers, including a senior rank supervising officer who arrived on the scene towards the end of the video, and who instead of making any attempt to de-escalate and diffuse the situation, actually goes Rambo with his taser, is what Greece Police did to the woman who video recorded the incident.

They arrested her.

Tabitha Drager, who out of fear of retaliation by Greece Police, did not want to come on camera, says the officers arrested her for video recording them.

"They clearly didn't like that I was video recording them abusing him like they did," Drager told me in a phone interview.

Drager was charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration, or "OGA", a bullshit 'blanket', unspecific charge, which is commonly used by police when they want to get back at someone, which totally totally makes sense in this case since she captured the Greece cops in well, let's say, a less than favorable light.

After all, the supervising officer who arrived towards the end of the video, is seen and heard ordering other officers to get Tabitha Drager and her family members away, violating her first amendment protected right to record.

Greece Police arrested Tabitha Drager as she stood on her own property, exercising her first amendment right.

Check back for more updates.


Greece, NY appearance ticket issued to Tabitha Drager  for Obstruction of Governmental Administration.







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Monday, June 13, 2016

Hypocrisy Running Rampant in Rochester, NY: The Rochester, NY Police Department has a Long History of Bashing LGBT Community, Now They Claim to Support Them?


By Davy V.  

Instead of helping victims of a gay bashing attack in Rochester, NY, in June of 2007, Rochester, NY Police officers David McFall, Stephen Tortora, Stephen Watd, and Michael Yodice bashed them, beat them, and then arrested them.

The victims had called 911 to report a that they had been attacked by a group of men who had physically and verbally assaulted them.

The above mentioned Rochester Police officers refused to charge the assailants and allowed them to leave the scene.

When the victims complained to the RPD cops, they were met with anti-gay slurs, assaulted, and then arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

The officers were eventually suspended for six months each, and then tried to sue the City of Rochester and the Rochester Police Department, claiming they were innocent victims of a political witch hunt.

The lawsuit was later dismissed by a federal judge for having no merit.

The incident was one of countless disturbing attacks by Rochester, NY cops against members of Rochester's  LGBT community.

Well, once again, hypocrisy is running rampant in Rochester, NY.

Following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the killing of 49 people inside Club Pulse a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by a radical Islam extremist, who reportedly hates gays, the Rochester, NY Police Department has reached out to Rochester's LGBT community expressing their support for them.


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Friday, June 10, 2016

VIDEO: Livingston County, NY Sheriff's Deputy Threatens Me After I Ask for His and His Partner's Name and Badge Number (UPDATED)


Livingston County, NY Sheriff's Deputy Donald Plank laughs after refusing to identify himself. (SEE FULL VIDEO BELOW)

By Davy V. 

More often than not when I ask a police officer for their name and badge number, they give it to me.

As they should.

Yeah, there's always that small percentage who will refuse.

And that's ok.

Those are the ones I love turning into YouTube stars.

Take, for example, the two Livingston County, NY Sheriff's deputies who decided to exercise their 'Good Ol' Boys Club above the law, our badge entitles us to whatever the fuck we want to do because we can' card.

Here's the story.

I'm not a coffee drinker, but every now and then I could use a boost in the morning.

So Friday morning I decided to hit up Spiro's, a small diner near downtown Rochester, a block away from Kodak's corporate headquarters.

Now in the interest of full disclosure here, it's actually my first time going to Spiro's.

You see, Spiro's is a well known cop hangout and I can think of several better ways to begin my mornings than to surround myself with a bunch of cops.

But boy am I glad I stopped in for that coffee.

That's when I immediately noticed a Livingston County, NY Sheriff's van illegally parked in a clearly marked "No Standing" zone.


Now contrary to what many critics have said about me, I don't go around looking for cops committing parking violations, but if I see one, you can bet your ass I'm gonna expose it.

And that's exactly what I did.

Even though it took me 15 minutes to find parking, because I'm a law abiding citizen, and refuse to park illegally, because unlike many of these cops, I don't think I'm above the law.

Be sure to check out the video of when I approach the Livingston County, NY Sheriff's deputies. 

And pay close attention to them.

Especially when they refuse to give me their names and badge numbers, before threatening me, telling me that my asking for their names and badge numbers is harassment.

In other words, implying that they would have me arrested.


The length that public servants will go to in order to avoid being held accountable.

UPDATE: After calling the Livingston County, NY Sheriff's office and leaving a message for Sheriff Dougherty, I received a call from Livingston County Sheriff's Sgt. Chad Draper.

Sgt. Draper ass extremely courteous and professional, in taking his time not only to explain to me that the deputies' behavior and their refusal to give me their names and badge numbers is not representative of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

"I can assure you that they will not only be talked to, but also that we will take appropriate action," Sgt. Draper told me.

Sgt. Draper explained that the deputies are part of the Livingston County Jail transport staff and that he didn't know their names but he would get back to me.


A man of his word, Livingston County, NY Sheriff's office Sgt. Chad Draper called me Monday morning, and informed me that a supervising official from the Livingston County, NY Jail would be contacting me regarding the incident involving the two deputies who refused to identify themselves.

Less than an hour later, Deputy Chief Jason Yasso, who oversees the Livingston County Jail, called me.

Deputy Chief Yasso was very professional and courteous and told me that he had seen the video and that he would be giving "stern talking to" his deputies.

Yasso explained that the two deputies are part of the Livingston County Jail's transport unit, and that their job includes transporting inmates to and from Federal court appearances in downtown Rochester. 

The Deputy Chief said that while those inmates are in court, there's usually down time where in some cases, the deputies may go eat at a nearby restaurant.

Deputy Chief Yasso then identified his officers as Deputy Donald Plank and Deputy Flattery.

Yasso also stated to me that he didn't particularly agree with how his deputies handled themselves in the video.

"If I'm in uniform and someone approaches me and asks me for my name, I would give it to them, and if that person had a complaint, I'd also give them the name and phone number of my supervisor," Yasso said.

I want to point out that even though at the end of the day, I have a job to do, and the Livingston County Sheriff's office has their job, Sgt. Draper and Deputy Chief Yasso, were two professionals.

Which is a lot more than I can say for other law enforcement agencies that I have dealt with.

Primarily, the Rochester, NY Police Department, who many times have completely ignored my calls.



I will be updating this piece.


Livingston County, NY Sheriff's Jail Deputy Donald Plank laughs after I confront them on video.


Livingston County, NY Sheriff's Jail Deputy Flattery



Livingston County, NY Sheriff's van 146 illegally parked on State St. in Rochester, NY

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