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 forever.

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 in the fight 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 falling 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 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.

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

"Mario was a good man," he said.

Brighton, NY Police officer Mike 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 my two boys.

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

He's slways respected me.

Always.

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.

Cops who truly care about the communities they patrol.

Cops 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 and 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 Mike 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.


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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.

UPDATE:

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.


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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.

Hypocrites.





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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.

Disgusting.

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.

UPDATE 2:

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.

  

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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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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Brighton, NY Police Lieutenant Involved in Bagpipe Non-Story is a Good Cop

 


By Davy V.

In 2014, an ex-con named Theodore "Teddy" Loria with a lengthy criminal record, who has publicly called for police officers to be shot and killed, and who has done prison time for crimes which include criminal possession of weapons, as well as criminal sale of a controlled substance, and who is currently scheduled to go to trial on assault charges, threatened to murder and decapitate my 5-year old daughter.

 

Theodore "Teddy" Loria


Despite the threat having been captured on video surveillance cameras inside Malcho's Mobil gas station and convenience store, located at 619 Monroe Avenue, the Rochester, NY Police Department and the Monroe County, NY District Attorney's office refused to bring charges against the individual.

Both the RPD and the Monroe County, NY District Attorney's office, claimed that because the threat against my child was told to a third party, a gas station attendant named Justin Bainter, there was nothing they could do.

As Monroe County, NY Assistant District Attorney David Siguenza said to me, "As disturbing as the threat was, it doesn't even rise to the level of harassment, which under New York State criminal law, would only a violation."

Insisting that something had to be done, I personally reached out to Rochester's mainstream news media.

They completely ignored me.

None of them, including Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper senior writer Gary Craig, had the respect to at least return my calls and emails.

The entire incident will be featured in full detail in an upcoming film I'm currently shooting in and around Rochester, NY, titled A Promise to My Dad.

As a father, it disgusts me how Rochester, NY's mainstream news media will ignore an innocent child being threatened by a convicted felon, as well as our criminal "justice" system turning a blind eye to it, but on the other hand will exploit and sensationalize other stories, for news ratings.

Take, for example, a recent incident in Brighton, NY, a suburb of Rochester, which is really a non-story and a perfect example of how Rochester's mainstream news media will go as far as creating something out of nothing.

Literally.

It's an incident between two neighbors.

One, a professional bagpiper who loudly practices and plays his bagpipe within earshot of his neighbor.

So his neighbor calls the police to complain.

Unbeknownst to a Brighton, NY Police Lieutenant who is about to respond to a routine noise complaint call, a Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle newspaper reported Dave Andreatta, and the rest of Rochester's mainstream news media are about to sensationalize and exploit a simple dispatch call all in the name of selling more newspapers and getting more news ratings.

 

Matt Weasman


The bagpiper is Matt Weasner better known as #FreeMatt.

That's a hashtag which his wife, Toni Beth Weasner, who seems to wear the pants in the house (more on that in a bit), and his supporters started on social media.

Yes, they've actually started a #FreeMatt movement.

Again, keep in mind, this is a simple dispute between two neighbors.

So the Brighton, NY Police Lieutenant explains to Matt Weasner, or #FreeMatt, that his playing his musical instrument loudly, outside, right next to his neighbor's home, is in violation of the town's noise ordinance.

The Brighton cop was very professional and courteous, when he gave her husband a stern warning.

If police are called again, he will be fined $250.00

 

Photo showing Brighton, NY Police cruiser, which Toni Beth Weasman posted on Facebook


Now here's where we get to see who wears the pants.

It's interesting how Matt Weasman's wife, NOT Matt Weiseman, then gets on the horn and calls each and every Rochester news media outlets and pitches her non-story.

White suburban family unfairly targeted by Brighton Town Hall and police.

I CALL BULLSHIT!

I 110% support the Brighton Police Department, especially the Lieutenant in this case.

Let me explain.

It takes a lot for me to defend a cop, let alone an entire police force.

But after I heard some disparaging comments about the Brighton Police Department and the Lieutenant, targeting Matt Weiseman, I couldn't sit by idly.

And I wanted to show my support.

 

Brighton, NY Police Lieutenant Mike DiSain


Brighton, NY Police Lieutenant Mike DiSain is a good man.

And a good cop.

I've known Lt. DiSain for about 7 years.

Despite my radioactive "Davy V." public image and my at times, "over the top" and "controversial" work, in the time that I have known Brighton Police Lt. Mike DiSaine, he has always treated me with respect.

ALWAYS.

When I was going through a tough time when my child's mother was violating my visitation, Lt. Mike DiSain was professional, gave me great advise, and genuinely empathized with my situation.

Brighton Police Lt. Mike DiSain is one of the few law enforcement officers who understands me, and understands what's behind my work.

Understands why I do what I do.

Simply put, Lt. Mike DiSain gets it.

Lt. Mike DiSain is a good man.

Which is why it not only disgusts me to see Rochester, NY's mainstream news media whores create a "story" where there is none, all to get news ratings and sell a few more copies of their shit newspaper, but it also disgust me to see a white, suburban woman, think that her husband is somehow above the law.

HE'S NOT ma'm.

 

Toni Beth Weasman


Personally I'm glad to see that for once, it's not the cops being called for a black teenager playing N.W.A.'s "Fuck Tha Police", too loud.

It's the cops being called on a man in a kilt, whose wife clearly wears the pants.

After all, she's the one who ran to the news, instead of simply obeying the law.




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Friday, June 3, 2016

VIDEO: Goodwill Employee Caught on Video Making Fun Of and Belittling Disabled Young Disabled Man

 


By Davy V.

Goodwill's mission statement reads as follows:

"Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work."

But a disturbing video which I captured Friday morning at a Rochester, NY Goodwill store shows a Goodwill employee doing anything but, helping a disabled young man reach his full potential.

In fact the video, which I've posted to my YouTube channel DavyVTV, the Goodwill employee is seen making fun of, demeaning, and ridiculing the young man.

I recorded the video at the Goodwill ABVI location at      South Clinton Avenue, near downtown Rochester.

ABVI, is short for the Association of Blind and Visually Impaired. 

In the video, the Goodwill employee, seen wearing a yellow short sleeve shirt, demeans the young man telling him, "You never did work before unless someone hold your hand."

The Goodwill employee then goes on to mock the young man.

Another part of the video the Goodwill employee can be heard acting like he's whimpering, making fun of the young man, "I'm by myself."

At one point in the video, the young man burps, and the Goodwill employee once again demeans him, asking him, "Do anyone teach you anything at your group home about being nasty?"

 

Goodwill employee ridicules and belittles disabled young man 


I spoke with a woman who would only identify herself as "Rebecca", a store manager.

At first Rebecca confirmed the man in the yellow shirt was in fact a Goodwill employee.

But then, interestingly, as soon as I told Rebecca what I had witnessed, she quickly flipped flipped and told me that the man is a "Goodwill volunteer" who "works here."

Rebecca did confirm that she is aware of the man, and that there have been other incidents involving his conduct.

Which begs the question, why is he still there?

I will be updating this piece.


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