Thursday, September 29, 2016

Niagara Falls, NY Cop Shoots Man During Drug Raid, Gets Paid Vacation

Niagara Falls, NY Police outside 488 20th Street where a NFPD cop shot a man in the abdomen.

By Davy V.

A Niagara Falls, NY police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is police speak for a paid vacation, after he shot a 33-year old man in the abdomen during a drug raid Wednesday night around 8:14 pm at 488 20th Street near Ferry Street.

The victim whose name has not been released is listed in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.


Niagara Falls, NY Police Superintendent Bryan Dalporto.

"They encountered some resistance from the suspect inside the house. There was also some movement inside the house as officers approached the house to execute the search warrant. They made entry into the house. At some point during the entry an officer discharged his weapon, striking the person that was inside of the house," Dalporto said.

According to Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan Dalporto, police found drugs, an assault rifle, and an edged weapon during the raid.

Superintendent Dalporto added that there is a "full investigation" underway.


As opposed to a "partial investigation"?

I will be updating this piece.



Niagara Falls, NY Cops outside 488 20th Street.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Miami-Dade Cop Guilty of Stealing Taxpayer Funded Gas for His Personal Use


Miami-Dade Sgt. Emil Van Lugo stealing taxpayer funded county gas for his personal use.

By Davy V.

It only took a Miami, Florida jury a couple of hours Tuesday, to convict a Miami-Dade cop of stealing from taxpayers to fuel his collection of exotic cars, which includes three Ferarris.


Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Emil Van Lugo


The jury convicted 47-year old Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Emil Van Lugo of theft and organized scheme to defraud the county of Miami-Dade.

"Sadly, Sgt. Van Lugo cared more about cheating the county out of a few dollars to fuel his stable of cars than he did about his oath to uphold the law," said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.


Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle

According to prosecutors, Sgt. Lugo made weekly trips to a Miami-Dade County fuel station, where he would gas up his police cruiser, as well as two red gasoline containers.

What Lugo didn't know however was that detectives were conducting video surveillance on him.

Both at the fuel station, when he would fill up his red containers, and at his West Kendall home, where he would drop them off.


Prosecutors Trent Reichling and Terry Livanos showed jurors two surveillance videos of Sgt. Van Lugo filling up his wife's BMW with taxpayer funded county gas.

Sgt. Van Lugo, who is free on bail, faces up to 5 years in prison when he is sentenced.

My question is what else was Sgt. Van Lugo stealing on the job in order to afford three Ferraris?


Miami-Dade Sgt. Emil Van Lugo fills up his wife's BMW with taxpayer funded county gas.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren, City Councilman Adam McFadden Make More Empty Promises After Viral Video of Cops Pepper-Spraying, Tackling Black Mother in Front of her 5-Year Old Daughter


Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren and her Puppets.

By Davy V

With just a little more than a year left in her train wreck first term in office, and in a desperate political attempt to boost her 39 percent favoribility rate, Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren held a press conference in wake of a viral video showing white Rochester, NY cops pepper-spraying and tackling a black mother in front of her 5-year old daughter, and arresting Clarence Thompson, a black man who video recorded the incident.


Rochester, NY Cops on top of LaTroya Parker after they pepper-sprayed and tackled her in front of her 5-year old daughter.

One by one they all lined up under the large painting of Jonathan Child, Rochester, NY's first mayor.

Lovely Warren, Rochester's first black female mayor, and just the second African-American mayor in the city's history, flanked on both sides by her puppets.

To her right, City Council members Matt Hague, Adam McFadden, and Loretta Scott.  

To her left, Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli, and Deputy Chief of Community Relations, Wayne Harris.

It was a hastily put together press conference, poorly organized, and held in a tight corner of Rochester's City Hall, right next to a main entrance.

The city's portable audio system was terrible, and so was the positioning of the small podeum, which was placed in direct sunlight.


City of Rochester officials even positioned the podeum  in under sunlight.

Mayor Warren announced that Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminelli and Wayne Harris, the RPD's newly appointed Deputy Chief of Community Relations, will spend the next 60 days listening to citizens for their ideas on what the Rochester Police Department can do to improve community relations.

Warren also said that Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli has 90 days to come up with a plan on how to improve those relations.

"We will not get everything 100 percent right," Warren said.

"We won't, but the thing is, in Rochester, we try."

What a load of shit.

Spoken like a true politician.


Rochester, NY City Councilman Adam McFadden

Then came Rochester, NY City Councilman Adam McFadden, who chairs the city's public safety committee.

McFadden once again promised a civilian review board to oversee the Rochester, NY Police Department and investigate allegations of police misconduct.

A promise he has made for years.

And as I stood there, it hit me, just what a fucking joke my hometown is.

My dad Mario Vara, a longtime police accountability activist in Rochester, NY, along with the late Reverend Raymond Graves, spent years calling for a civilian review board.

In fact, the call for a civilian review board has been made in Rochester, NY, dating back to the 1960's.

The 1960's.

A very tense time in Rochester, NY between police and the black community.

That tension exploded in July of 1964 with riots.

It's also important that when it comes to a civilian review board, the Rochester, NY Police Union has been vehemently opposed for decades.

In fact, in 1963, the Rochester, NY Police Union took out a full one page ad in Rochester's Times-Union newspaper, calling for the community to oppose a civilian review board.

And here we are.

More than 50 years later.

Still calling for a civilian review board.

It disgusts me.

A black Mayor who has never gave two shits about rogue cops abusing citizens, especially blacks and Latinos, was now finally conveniently speaking out, pretending to care, when in reality she's just politicizing the fact that her police department is out of control, all in an attempt to get black votes in order to get another term of the same old same old.

And a weak police chief who has no backbone to stand up to his own cops.

A puppet.

A liar.

On one hand Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli says there's nothing wrong with the police body-cams the city purchased for his department.

On the other hand Mike Mazzeo, the President of the Rochester Police Locust Club, the department's union,  says the body cameras the city purchased are poor quality and ineffective.

According to Mazzeo, the body cams are so poor in quality that they're only used by three other police departments in the country.


Rochester, NY Police Union President Mike Mazzeo

During a press conference Monday, Mazzeo said that the body-cams Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli purchased for his cops abruptly shut off and are not reliable.

Which is what he says happened during that controversial arrest of LaTroya Parker, the black mother who was pepper-sprayed and tackled by a Rochester Police officer in front of her 5-year old daughter.

During yesterday's press conference, Mayor Lovely Warren and Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli also announce that they would be releasing the body-cam video of the arrest, as well as video from the a City of Rochester surveillance camera, located on top of a utility pole on the street where the arrest happened.

The body-cam video footage, which they released is poor quality.

The video looks amateurish.

It actually reminded me of the video quality which old-school flip phones used to provide, long before the smart phone camera technology.

The video was pixelated.

Just horrible.


Rochester, NY WHAM 1180 radio host Bob Lonsberry

Even Rochester's WHAM 1180 radio host Bob Lonsberry, a staunch pro-police advocate, blasted the Rochester Police Department for their lack of transparency.

"The release of that video was so delayed... with the extraordinarily amateurish and crude pixelation was completely useless",  said Lonsberry.

"The community is going to look at that and say what's that?"

Lonsberry continued.

"What's the point of releasing that?", Lonsberry asked.

"And what's the point of waiting two weeks to release that?"

"That's almost distrustful to the notion of openness and transparency", Lonsberry said, adding, "I think one thing this police department (Rochester Police) probably ought to do is understand the volatility of upset urban communities."

Then referring to the Rochester Police Departnent dragging its feet to release the videos, Lonsberry said something many have been saying for years."

"That's exactly what gets neighborhoods burned down."

Personally, what I found perhaps even more disturbing than the poor video quality of the Rochester Police Department's body-cam footage, and the fact that they were slow to release the videos, is the fact that neither the body-cam video nor surveillance camera video show what both Chief Ciminnelli and Rochester Police Union President Mike Mazzeo claimed happened during the arrest of the LaTroya Parker.

Chief Ciminneli has said that what the community  didn't see in the viral video is that Parker assaults a Rochester Police officer, by "backhanding the officer."

Rochester Police Union President Mike Mazzeo claims that Parker hits the Rochester Police officer and breaks his glasses.

As a result, Mazzeo says the officer suffered cuts to his face.

However, none of the video footage released by Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren and Chief Ciminnelli show that.

Do they think people are stupid?

Check out the videos below, of me blasting Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren and Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli.

Notice how they both completely ignore the majority of my questions.

Yet they both claim to want to listen to the community.

In the video, pay close attention to Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli, when I repeatedly ask him why his officers continue to violate citizens' first amendment right to record. 

And he completely ignores my questions before a City of Rochester spokeswoman ends the press conference.


Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli ignores my questions during press conference  




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Monday, September 26, 2016

Rochester, NY Police Union President Claims Cops on Hit List After Viral Video, Blames Ineffective Body-Cams


Rochester, NY Police Locust Club Union President 
Mike Mazzeo 


"We had credible threats against our officers' lives."

That's all Rochester, NY Police Union President Mike Mazzeo would say about alleged threats against Rochester, NY cops during a press conference Tuesday afternoon, where he once again blamed Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and RPD Chief Michael Ciminnelli for purchasing what he calls "ineffective" body-cams for the RPD.


Rochester, NY Police Locust Club Union President Mike Mazzeo (center), flanked by RPD cops, during press conference. (Photo: Twitter)

According to Mazzeo, the body-cams purchased by the City of Rochester are ranked the lowest by police officers, and are only used by three other police departments in the country.

In full damage control spin mode, Mazzeo tried to defend and justify the actions of his cops who are seen in a viral video retaliating against a black woman on a public sidewalk, pepper-spraying her, and then tackling her from behind in front of her 5-year old daughter, before arresting her.

In the video, Rochester cops are also seen arresting a black man who video recorded the incident,

In his PR spin move, Mazzeo says the body-cams didn't catch the entire incident because they don't function properly.

"If the public doesn't have the confidence in these cameras, then they're going to be ineffective,"
Mazzeo said.

"If the police officers who are wearing them don't have confidence in the cameras, then they're going to be ineffective."

I find Mike Mazzeo's comments interesting because in the video, (which I've linked below under my original story) anyone can clearly see several rogue Rochester, NY cops tackling a mother from behind in front of her 5-year old child.

The video speaks for itself.

Earlier in the day, Rochester, NY's WHAM 1180 radio talk show host Bob Lonsberry talked on his show about threats to Rochester Police officers being posted on social media.

Read my original story below.

By Davy V.

According to Rochester, NY Police Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo, a hit list naming several RPD cops has been circulating on social media.

This comes just days after a viral video which shows Rochester, NY cops retaliating against several witnesses to an arrest.

In the video, which I have linked below, a white Rochester, NY cop pepper sprays and tackles a black mother from behind, in front of her 5-year old daughter.

Another white Rochester, NY cop then arrests a black man who video recorded the woman being tackled.


Rochester, NY Cops on Top of Black Wonan after They Pepper-Sprayed, and Tackled Her in Front of her 5-Year Old Daughter

It should be noted that Rochester, NY Police Locust Club Union President Mike Mazzeo has a long history of crying wolf, making false allegations of threats to RPD cops, without any proof, in an attempt to gain community sympathy for his cops, while distracting attention from what the real issue is.

Which is the fact that the Rochester, NY Pokice Department is out of control, and tensions in Rochester's black and Latino community is nearing a boiling point with every video showing rogue RPD cops abusing minorities and traumatizing innocent children.

I will be updating this piece.


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Racist Message Left in Brockport, NY College


Brockport, NY College 

By Davy V.


That's the message left on a whiteboard inside a dorm at Brockport College in Upstate, NY Wednesday.


Brockport College President Heidi Macpherson

Brockport College students were notified of the racist message in an email from President Heidi Macpherson.

In the email Macpherson said that Brockport University Police are "investigating" the incident.

Macpherson's email in part read:

"I want to be clear that this type of behavior is unacceptable to me and should be to everyone on campus. We have no tolerance for behaviors or actions that are hurtful to or exclusive of any member of our community."

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monroe County, NY Employee: County Trying to Sweep Under the Rug Recent Break-In Where Personal Information May Have Been Compromised, Including Social Security Numbers


By Davy V.

According to a Monroe County, NY employee, County officials are keeping a recent break-in at the offices for Social Services, as quiet as they can, so much so that they aren't even notifying clients to inform them that their personal information, including social security numbers, may have been compromised during the break-in and vandalism.

Tuesday evening I was contacted by the employee, who asked to remain anonymous.

The employee informed me that sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning, someone broke into the Monroe County Social Services offices located at 691 St. Paul Blvd., in Rochester, NY.

"There is something that happened over the weekend that was not reported in the news that is important for the public to be aware of", said the employee.

"The county office building at 691 St. Paul Blvd. was broken into over the weekend, sometime Friday night or Saturday morning. The person broke in through a window and vandalized and stole things from the first and second floor. Locked cabinets were broken into."

The employee says that taxpayers should know that the county's security measures are very inadequate.

"The lax security measures at the county building made is so the break in wasn't even discovered until a worker went in sometime Saturday morning to get something from her desk," the employee said.

"She waited until she returned home to notify her boss as there was no security at the building."

The county employee says workers were notified of the break in via email.

"We were sent an e-mail to our work email sometime over the weekend, as most workers do not have access to their work email at home, the vast majority did not find out about this until Monday morning.

As a Monroe County worker, the employee says the way county officials are trying to keep it quiet, combined with how officials are not informing clients of the security breach, is what bothers them the most.

"What bothers me is it seems like the county is trying to sweep this under the rug, they seem like they don't want anyone to find out. While it doesn't appear that anyone's personal information was stolen, the people or persons who broke in compromised the personal information of many of our clients. None of whom have been notified. There were many papers left out with social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, etc,, all over them. No one knows for sure what is missing."

According to the employee, the County does not have a security system in the building.

"The county does not have an alarm system on this building, they do not have a security guard stationed there over night or on the weekend, no one would have even known if one person hadn't gone in on Saturday to grab something from their desk."


Something tells me that the fact that the private and personal information, including social security numbers of persons, which may have been compromised during the break in, belong to low-income persons on public assistance, has alot to do with the way Monroe County officials are keeping it on the low, and not even notifying clients to alert them.

A non-chalant, "Who cares?" attitude.


Monroe County, NY Executive Cheryl DiNolfo

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Former Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard Received Special Treatment, Had Fees Waived


Former Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard Received Special Treatment and had Fees Waived by Monroe County, NY  

By Davy V.

As Rochester, NY Police Chief, James Sheppard covered up for, and justified racial profiling, civil rights violations, excessive force, and numerous killings of  innocent, unarmed citizens by his cops.

Before he was elected as Monroe County, NY Legislator, James Sheppard promised taxpayers transparency in county government.

Fast forward to Monday morning, when Monroe County, NY Clerk Adam Bello held a press conference announcing that under the watch of former Monroe County Clerk Cheryl DiNolfo, now Monroe County Executuve, certain select individuals received special treatment and had fees waived for things such as pistol permits, and passport photos.

Bello announced that the amount in waived fees cost Monroe County taxpayers a total of more than $35,000.

One of those individuals who received the 'Good Ol' Boys Club' special treatment?

None other than former Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard.

There you have it, Monroe County taxpayers.

Your hard earned tax dollars at work.


Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello: "Total Fees Waived Cost Taxpayers More than $35,000"


Monroe County, NY Executive Cheryl DiNolfo

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