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 14, 2014

Greece, NY Police Department to Move Out of Shit House Station

By Davy V.
According to Greece, NY Town Supervisor Bill Relich, the Greece, NY Police department needs a new police station, because their old one is, well... Crap.
You see, the GPD's station located on Island Cottage Rd. In the town of Greece, used to be a sewage treatment plant before the Greece Police department called it home.
Reilich said the plan is to bring a new Greece Police headquarters to the Greece Town Hall, located on Long Pond Rd., sometime within the next two years.
“We need a police station that can accommodate all the electronics and high tech information that a police officer deals with and this new facility will provide that," said Reilich.
In other words, not the shit hole they currently occupy.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rochester, NY Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon Appears in Court to Answer DWI Charge (VIDEO)

Rochester, NY Deputy Mayor
Leonard Redon's mugshot
By Davy V.
Two things I can almost guarantee would NOT happen if YOU, I or your loved one were to be pulled over, by New York State Police, or any other law enforcement agency, for speeding, having an expired inspection sticker on our car, and driving drunk, with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .13, nearly twice the legal limit.
First of all, neither I, nor YOU would receive the courtesy of being issued an appearance ticket, to spare us from spending the night in jail.
And second, you can bet that at our first court appearance, there would be next to no discussion of a plea bargain.
At the very least, if there was any mention of a plea bargain, it certainly wouldn't be initiated by the judge.
But when you're second in charge of Rochester, NY, well, let's just say you're treated much different than the average tax paying citizen.
Take, for instance, Rochester, NY deputy mayor Leonatd Redon, who was pulled over by New York State Police Wednesday March 19th around 11:30 p.m. on interstate 490 in Rochester.
Redon, who was drunk, and who according to New York State Police, had an blood alcohol level of .13, nearly twice the legal limit, was charged with DWI, speeding, and driving with an expired inspection sticker on his car.
Rochester, NY Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon
walks to court with his attorney.

photo: Davy V.
Even though Rochester, NY Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon put countless innocent lives at risk driving drunk, and speeding, New York State Police extended the Deputy Mayor a courtesy, which would NEVER be extended to me or YOU.
New York State Police issued Redon an appearance ticket.
In other words, a Stay Out of Jail card.
Last Tuesday, Redon was scheduled to appear in court, however his appearance was rescheduled for Thursday morning.
In court, Redon surrendered his drivers license, which was nothing more than a slick move on his attorney's part, in order to gain his client some empathy from the court.
And it worked.
Rochester City Court Judge Mel Castro encouraged both sides to try to work on a plea deal, which is almost unheard of in a DWI case, on the first appearance in court.
But again, when you're a politician in a position of power, and your attorney is one of the top DWI attorneys on the country, this is what happens.
Talks of a plea deal on the first court appearance.
And as far as Rpchester, NY deputy mayor Leonard Redon surrendering his license?
He lives one block from Rochester City Hall.
It's a very short walk.
Smart move, until it all blows over.
And it will.
It always does.

Click Play below to see video where I ask Rochester deputy mayor Leonard Redon some questions on his way to court.

Click link below to read my original piece on Rochester, NY deputy mayor Leonard Redon's DWI arrest

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

St. Louis Cops Caught on Video Beating Mentally-ill Man: "Put your fucking hands behind your back motherfucker!"

St Loius cop strikes
mentally-ill man with baton
By Davy V.
Like I always say... Think twice before calling police.
Because many times, calling the police is calling in another problem.
Take, for instance, a family of a mentally-ill man named Mario Crump, who called St. Louis Police for help when their loved one began acting erratic.
Crump is a client of Independence Center, a St. Louis, Missouri organization which assists individuals with mental illness.
The disturbing video of the incident, which took place on March 22nd, but is just now gaining attention, after being posted on the internet, shows two St. Louis cops beating Crump, who is sitting in a chair, as one officer repeatedly strikes Crump with his department issued collapsible baton, while yelling at the African-American mentally-ill man "Put your fucking hands behind your back motherfucker!"
The second officer can be seen punching Crump.
Mike Keller, executive director of Independence Center says that the video shows there is a need for more training for more police officers, when of comes to dealing with mentally-ill and emotionally disturbed persons.
Keller said that police need more Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), to know how to distinguish criminal behavior or conduct from a person whose behavior is caused by mental illness.
“I want to give the police whom I have an affinity for the benefit of the doubt, but that video was soul-scarring,” said Keller.
St. Louis Police Chief
Sam Dotson
St. Louis Police department Chief Sam Dotson maintains that almost half of his approx. 1,200 officers are CIT certified.
What a coincidence Chief... I guess these two officers just happen to be from the approximately 600 officers who are not trained to deal with mentally-ill persons? 
Chief Dotson said he has started an internal investigation.
Of course, in typical textbook cop damage control, Chief Dotson stopped short of taking accountability for his two thugs in uniform who beat a mentally-ill man, and instead seemed to be more interested in passing the blame on society.
“Certainly I want to make this a teachable moment,” Dotson said. “But we also have to understand that society, with cutbacks in the mental health field, have really left individuals kind of in an area of limbo.”
Way to go Chief.
Blame society for your thugs' actions.
So much for you wanting to make this a teachable moment.

Note: Despite having received countless baton strikes and punches, Mario Crump was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

Contact St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson (314) 444-5624

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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

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.


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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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Matthew Wisell of Glens Falls, NY Arrested After Bounding, and Drowning Girlfriend's Dog in Hudson River

Matthew Wisell's

By Davy V.
Since corporate-America mainstream news media hasn't released a photo of the Glens Falls, New York loser who bound and drowned his girlfriend's small dog, which was found in the Hudson River Thursday, with its snout and legs wrapped in black tape, I am publishing his photos, taken from his Facebook page.
Matthew Wisell, 27, of Prosepect Street, in Glens Falls, NY was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
According to police, Wisell, who moved to the Glens Falls area from western Vermont, killed the innocent little dog because of "behavioral problems."


If you know Matthew Wisell, and have any information on any other innocent animal(s) has abused and/or killed, please contact me.


Matthew Wisell
Almost 8 hours after I was the first to publish Matthew Wisell's photos and exposed this coward who killed an innocent family pet, Corporate-America run LAMESTREAM news media finally decided to release his photo.

Also, on Matthew Wisell's Facebook page, there is a photo of a beautiful kitten, which seems to be laying on a woman's lap.

I wonder how many innocent pets are in danger of this sick, obviously very disturbed individual.

Photo of kitten,
posted on Matthew Wisell's Facebook page.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Why I Crashed Greece, NY Police Chief Patrick Phelan's Big Day (VIDEO)

Greece, NY Police Chief
Patrick Phelan making short speech.
By Davy V.

There are two things that Patrick Phelan will always remember about Monday March 24, 2014.

First, the excitement of being officially named as Greece, NY's next Police Chief.

Second, a community activist with over 18 years of exposing police misconduct and corruption, asking him his first question as Chief.

That activist is me.

Patrick Phelan was introduced as Chief Patrick Phelan, by Greece Town supervisor Bill Reilich just after 10:00 a.m., at a press conference inside the Greece Town Hall.

After a short speech, Phelan asked Rochester's corporate-America LAMESTREAM news media, such as News 10NBC's Nikki Rudd, if they had any questions.

Before any of the brown nosing reporters could even get a word out, I did. (VIDEO BELOW)

Although I later joked about my having "crashed" Greece, NY Police Chief Patrick Phelan's big day, and asking the questions that a bunch of sell out reporters are too afraid to ask, I actually like Patrick Phelan.

I'm sure many of you who follow my work and this blog may be asking yourselves if you read the sentence above correctly, yes, you did.

Rochester, NY's
outside Greece, NY Town Hall
Let me explain.

Besides the fact that we have completely different roles, and that whole "brotherhood", "code of silence" thing, which every cop subscribes to, I like him.

Here's why.

Patrick Phelan, sorry, Chief Patrick Phelan now, has always respected me.

He's always taken my calls, when I've called him with a question, or seeking a comment.

And he has always taken the time to listen to me.

But most of all, like I said, Patrick Phelan has always respected me.

He's always been courteous.

And he's always been nothing but professional during all of our exchanges.

Even though we disagree.

And for that I respect him.

I believe Chief Patrick Phelan means well.

At least I hope so.

However, I'm reminded of something my dad Mario Vara used to say about men in positions of power.

My dad used to say that no matter how good a police chief was, no matter how well intentioned he, or she, may be, one man, or woman can't control an entire police force.

They can't be everywhere, all the time.

And surely Chief Patrick Phelan knows this.

And surely Chief Patrick Phelan knows that he has a tough job now.

After all, it was just a few years ago when the Greece, NY Police department seemed to stay in the news, controversy after controversy.

Former Greece, NY Police Sgt. Nick Joseph
NYS Department of Corrections photo
In 2008 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 (Joseph is a Sgt. with the Rochester, NY Police department) 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.
Former Greece, NY Police Chief Merritt Rahn
NYS Department of Corrections photo

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.

The incident led to Greece, NY Police Sgt. Nick Joseph being convicted of aggravated vehicular assault, two counts of second-degree assault, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and first-degree perjury; as well as two misdemeanors: driving while ability impaired and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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.

The investigation into Joseph's incident led to former Greece Police Chief Merritt Rahn also being charged with several felonies in connection with Joseph's hit and run, including guilty of tampering with public records, hindering a prosecution, falsifying business records, falsely reporting an incident, and two counts of official misconduct in an attempt to cover up the Joseph incident.

Merritt Rahn was also found guilty of offering a false instrument for filing in the case of former Greece Police officer Gary Pignato’s background check.

In Rahn's 2009 trial, cell phone records showed several calls made between Joseph and Rahn after Joseph's hit and run.

It is believed that Rahn tried to cover-up for Joseph, including telling Joseph not to immediately go to the hospital for a cut on his forehead which he suffered in the accident, so as to avoid blood tests which would have shown alcohol and cocaine.

Merritt Rahn was convicted and sentenced 1 2/3 to 5 years in New York State prison.

Also in 2009, Greece, NY Police officer Gary Pignato, also a former Rochester, NY Police officer, who was fired from the RPD, was charged with bribery and coercion, stemming from several traffic stops of women, whom he would try to force into having sex with him in exchange for him letting them off traffic tickets and crimes.

Former Greece, NY Police officer Gary Pignato

In one case, Pignato responded to a domestic disturbance call where the boyfriend of a young woman had called police.

The woman had been drinking alcohol.

Once Pignato learned the woman was on probation, he bribed the woman by telling her that if she did not have sex with him he would arrest her and she would be in violation of her probation.

Pignato would routinely follow women to their homes and stalk them.

At his sentencing, Pignato told the Judge "I literally placed my life on the line" as an officer and that it's "degrading and demoralizing to be in jail."

Pignato was sentenced 2 to 6 years in New York State Prison.

Merritt Rahn hired Pignato despite Pignato's long history of misconduct, including being from the Rochester, NY Police department.

In hiring Nick Joseph, Rahn also ignored his long history of misconduct and corruption.

Nick Joseph worked on the Rochester, NY Police department's Tactical unit, 

In 1997 Nick Joseph broke into my home without a warrant, beat me and falsely arrested me in retaliation for my having videotaped his brother, David Joseph, (now a Sgt. With tne RPD) a few months earlier, mistreating a Jamaican motorist during a traffic stop.

Former Greece Police Chief
Todd Baxter
After the scandal involving the Greece, NY Police departnent, Todd Baxter, a former Rochester Police officer, was picked as Chief.

Baxter recently announced that he was stepping down to take a position with the Veterans Outreach Center.

Some believe there is more to Baxter leaving, believing that he was forced to step down, and replaced with Phelan.

On Sunday I wrote a piece about Greece, NY Police officer Sengova Sandi terrorizing Diane Martinez, a 34-year cold mother of two, and sociology major at St. John Fisher College.

Diane had stepped outside of TC Hooligans bar and grill at The Mall at Greece at Ridge Center, to smoke a cigarette in her car, when officer Sengova Sandi began banging on her car door window, yelling at her to get out.

Greece, NY Police officer
Sengova Sandi
Greece Police officer Sengova Sandi then illegally detained, and arrested Martinez, handcuffing her as he accused her of loitering.

(You can read my original story on that incident below.)

Greece, NY Police officer Sengova Sandi's actions are very disturbing.

It shows a culture which is still very much alive within the Greece, NY Police departnent.

One where officers abuse their power to harass and intimidate innocent people.

Officer Sandi's rogue tactics, taking advantage of, and overpowering a woman, reminds me of Greece Police officer Gary Pignato

TC Hooligans
Greece Ridge Mall
And that's why I crashed Patrick Phelan's big day.

I wanted to remind Patrick Phelan of a few things.

Mainly, that there are still rogue, dirty cops on his force, and that they are being watched.

I wanted to remind him that the rogue, thug-like actions and behavior of those officers in his department will continue to be exposed.

I wanted to remind him that while many Greece, NY residents may have short-term memories and have perhaps forgotten about the corruption in the Greece Police departnent... I have not.

And I wanted to ask Chief Patrick Phelan, his first question as Chief.

And I did.

I asked Chief Phelan if the Greece, NY Police department still had an issue with abusive cops.

As you can see in the video below, Chief Patrick Phelan said "Absolutely not."

He's wrong.

We'll agree to disagree.

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Click link below to read my piece on Greece, NY Police officer Sengova Sandi illegally detaining, and handcuffing woman.

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