Monday, February 27, 2017

Rochester, NY Police Chief: No Video of 16-Year Old Who Allegedly Shot at Cop; Bodycam was Charging in Cruiser


 

Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli   



By Davy V.

A 16-year old Rochester, NY youth is facing an attempted murder charge after officials say he shot at a Rochester, NY Police Officer.

But according to Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminelli, the entire incident wasn't captured on the officer's bodycam, because the officer wasn't wearing the bodycam at the time.

It was charging inside the police cruiser.

 

Ernesatiaze Moore, 16, Charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder


According to Rochester Police, Sunday afternoon around 1:40 p.m., RPD officers responded to the area of Delmar and Villa Streets on Rochester's northwest side for a report of shots fired.

That's when police say an officer saw 16-year old Ernestiaze Moore on Santee Street.

Rochester Police say Officer Kelly Phillips chased Moore, and that Moore fired one round at Officer Phillips.

Officer Moore never returned fire.

Hmm...

Moore is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

I want to be clear, I strongly denounce violence against law enforcement officers.

But I DO NOT TRUST the Rochester, NY Police Department.

At all.

And I think it's interesting that a 16-year old is facing serious charges and potentially,  a lengthy prison sentence, and yet the one piece of equipment, a bodycam, which could have shown if in fact this even actually occurred the way Rochester Police say it did, was charging inside a police car.

Hmm...



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Saturday, February 25, 2017

(VIDEO) Rochester, NY Taxpayer Dollars at Work: RPD Cops Allow Twerk-Off Contest on Top of Cruiser

 
 

Rochester, NY Cop Laughs and Looks on as Twerk-Off is Held on Top of RPD Cruiser



 

Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Steve Boily


UPDATED MONDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2017 
BY DAVY V.

According to several sources who asked to remain anonymous, the Rochester, NY Police Officer seen in a video laughing and allowing several young women to twerk dance on top of a Rochester, NY Police cruiser is Sgt. Steve Boily, a senior officer, and a member of Rochester Police Chief Michael Cimminelli's staff.

Not surprising, considering that a couple of years ago, The Davy V. Blog wrote about Sgt. Boily condoning his own daughter's reckless driving, after she was ticketed for speeding.

Rochester Police Sgt. Boily even said police should have let his daughter off with no ticket.

In fact, in referring to why police should have let his daughter off with no ticket,  Sgt. Boily posted: "If they had known her Dad was in the same profession, they would have."

Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Steve Boily's mentality, is proof of the "Good Ol' Boys Club" which I've spoken about for years.

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By Davy V.

A video posted on social media shows at least two Rochester, NY Police officers, (one of which can be seen laughing) watching a twerk-off contest.

On top of a Rochester, NY Police cruiser.

The video which was posted on social media early Saturday morning, was recorded at the intersection of East Avenue and Ryan Alley, in what's known as the East End district, an area in downtown Rochester known for nightclubs, drinking and fights.

This isn't the first time that Rochester, NY Police officers have willingly allowed official vehicles paid for with tax dollars to be misused.

Several years ago, The Davy V. Blog exposed the photo below, where a Rochester, NY Police Officer allowed a tattoo artist at Extreme Graphix Tattoo to sit in a Rochester Police cruiser and take the photo below where she stuck her middle finger up.

The woman then posted the photo on social media with the caption: "Real Gs steal cop cars n don't give a FUCK!"


 

Woman Sticks Middle Finger Up While Sitting inside  Rochester, NY Police Cruiser


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Was There a Cover-Up in The Shooting of Vincenzo Zagari by Monroe County, NY Sheriff's Deputy?

 

Vincenzo Zagari Lies Comatose after Being Shot by Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis. Photo provided to The Davy V. Blog by Zagari family.


WARNING; GRAPHIC IMAGES


The Davy V. Blog
Saturday February 25, 2017

A couple of years ago, The Davy V. Blog wrote about the police shooting of 22-year old Vincenzo Zagari, a young man who was shot several times by Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis on January 21, 2014.

 

Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis


Zagari, an all star wrestler, who became addicted to drugs, and who came from a loving Italian family, was chased by Wegmans Food Market store security in Pittsford, NY, a suburb of Rochester, after being accused of shoplifting.

According to Monroe County, NY Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, Zagari attacked Deputy Davis with a hammer, and at one point pulled out a gun.

But no gun was ever found.

Only a BB gun.

That's when O'Flynn says Deputy Davis had no other choice but to shoot Zagari.

Six times.

Zagari, who is lucky to be alive after being hit a total of 5 times, and undergoing dozens of surgeries, eventually accepted a plea deal where he received 12 years in state prison.

But the Monroe County, NY Sheriff's Office story, including O'Flynn's narrative, never made sense to many in the counninity.

Especially to Zagari's family.

It just never quite fit.

In fact, immediately after the shooting, a reporter for Rochester, NY's ABC affiliate 13WHAM News took to Twitter with an interesting observation.

Reporter Sean Carroll posted: "Not looking like Monroe Co. Sheriff will be addressing questions on camera re: Pittsford deputy-involved shooting. Raises questions IMO"

For those not up on social media speak, "IMO" is short for In My Opinion.

 

 

Monroe County, NY Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn


Then there were the witnesses.

Two women, who worked on opposite sides of the M&T Bank parking lot on Monroe Avenue in Pittsford, NY, where Zagari was shot.

One of the women, whose name I have chosen not to publish, worked at the McDonald's next to the bank.

We'll get back to her shortly.

The second woman, worked in an office building located on the other side of the bank.

We'll get back to her in a second as well.

Let's go back to the young woman who worked at McDonald's.

According to Zagari's family, to this day, that young woman is traumatized by what she saw.

Zagari's family told The Davy V. Blog that the young woman witnessed Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis shoot Zagari.

She then saw Zagari fall forward.

As Zagari was falling forward, she saw Deputy Davis shoot Zagari several more times.

The young woman then said that Deputy Davis walked over to Zagari, calmly stood directly over him, and shot him again.

Also, important to note... according to the Zagari family, the young woman estimated the distance that Zagari was from Deputy Davis as being at least 30-45 yards.

This is very important as it clearly contradicts Monroe County, NY Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn's story.

Sheriff O'Flynn said that Zagari first attacked Deputy Davis with a hammer.

O'Flynn then stated that Deputy Davis used her baton, hitting Zagari, but according to O'Flynn, Zagari wouldn't go down.

Sheriff O'Flynn then stated that Zagari reached into his book bag and pulled out a gun, and that's when Davis shot Zagari.

In other words, according to Monroe County, NY Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, his Deputy, and Zagari were at this point, in essence, face to face.

According to O'Flynn, this was close combat.

But Zagari's family says that isn't true.

And photos Zagari's family sent to The Davy V. Blog, seem to back up their claims.

Take a good look at the photo below.

 

 

Photos Provided to The Davy V. Blog by Vincenzo Zagari's family Show Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis Shooting at Zagari


It was taken by the woman who worked in the office building.

Notice the woman at the top left of the photo next to the car?

That's Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis.

According to Zagari's family, that photo captures the exact moment that Monroe County, NY Shetiff Deputy Bridget Davis shot Zagari.

 

Vincenzo Zagari moments after being shot 6 times by Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis (Photo provided to The Davy V. Blog by Zagari family)


The Davy V. Blog reached out to two firearms experts who asked to remain anonymous.

Both said the photo appears to show a plume of white smoke coming from the gun Deputy Davis fired.

The firearms experts said this is normal, and would occur immediately after the explosion once a gun is fired.

One of the experts said that if you look closely at the photo it also appears to show a couple more smaller white plumes of smoke. 

What don't you see in the photo?

Look closely.

You don't see Vincenzo Zagari, do you?

In fact Zagari is nowhere in the frame, which shows a distance of at least 20-25 feet to the right of the photo.

In other words, not only is Zagari NOT seen attacking Deputy Davis, with a hammer, or with a gun, NOT only is Zagari NOT in close proximity to Deputy Davis like Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn said, when Davis shot him, but Zagari is NOWHERE close to Davis.

Instead, Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis shot Zagari as he was running AWAY from Davis.

NOT TOWARDS HER.

And Zagari's family says that the fact that he is alive is proof of that.

Zagari was shot a total of 6 tines.

He was hit 5 times.

With .45 hollow point bullets.

.45 hollow points are designed to expand upon entering a target, causing more damage.

To put it in more blunt terms, they're designed to shred and rip tissue apart.

If in fact Zagari had been as close to Deputy Davis as Sheriff O'Flynn claimed he was, he wouldn't be alive today.

But there's more.

According to several of Zagari's family members, who asked to remain anonymous, there are many lies and inconsistencies with the Monroe County Sheriff's story.

For example, according to Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, Zagari first attacked Deputy Davis with a hammer. 

That's when O'Flynn says Deputy Davis hit Zagari with her baton, but Zagari wouldn't go down. 

Then, according to Sheriff O'Flynn, Zagari reached into a book bag and pulled out a gun.

That's when O'Flynn says Deputy Davis shot Zagari.

But again, remember the photo above.

Take another good look at it.

Zagari is nowhere near Deputy Davis.

In fact, Zagari is nowhere in the 25-30 feet in front of Deputy Davis.

Zagari's family says that because he never attacked Deputy Davis.

The Davy V. Blog asked Zagari's family why then did Zagari accept a plea deal which sent him to state prison for 12 years, if he's innocent.

As part of that plea deal, Zagari pleaded guilty to trying to steal a minivan and attempting to rob a bank,

The reason Zagari's family gave The Davy V. Blog for why he plead guilty, is disturbing.

Coming soon...

Staged photos?

Also.. VINCENZO ZAGARI WAS SHOT IN THE BACK.



Below: Photos show bullet wound on Vincenzo Zagari's back, leg, and Vincenzo Zagari in comatose state.

 

 

 








Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wayne County, NY Sheriff Deputy Fired After Being Charged with Sex Abuse, Official Misconduct

 

Wayne County, NY Sheriff Deputy Devin Hall



UPDATED FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017 BY DAVY V.

The Wayne County, NY Deputy who was fired after being arrested and charged with sexual abuse and official misconduct, has been charged with two separate counts of sex abuse.

 Second and third degree sexual abuse.

Also, according to officials, the crimes occurred when Wayne County, NY Sheriff Deputy Devin Hall was on duty.

It is unclear at this point if Hall's victim was underage, but it appears so, as officials say the victim was unable to give consent,

The official misconduct charge that Devin Hall is facing stems from the fact that he used his official
position, and authority as a law enforcement officer to sexually abuse the victim.

Read original story below.



By Davy V.

The Wayne County, NY Sheriff's Department has fired one of their own.

Wayne County, NY Sheriff Deputy Devin Hall was fired after he was arrested and charged with sex abuse and official misconduct.

However, officials aren't saying much and are remaining pretty tight lipped about the details surrounding Deputy Hall's charges.

A statement released by the Wayne County, NY Sheriff's Department, reads:

"An investigation into claims that Hall had engaged in unethical and criminal conduct while he was employed as a Sheriff's Deputy had resulted in Hall's termination from employment with Wayne County on Tuesday afternoon."

Deputy Hall, of Sodus, NY, was arraigned in Lyons Town Court.


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(UPDATED) 7 Shot in "Sanctuary City" Rochester, NY, And Not a Peep From City's Black Mayor Lovely Warren, Black City Council Public Safety Chair Adam McFadden, or #BlackLivesMatter

 

Scene of Shooting Outside Corner Store on The Corner of Genesee Street and Kirkland Avenue in Rochester, NY where 4 People Were Shot Wednesday. (Photo: Social Media)



By Davy V.


Four people were shot outside a corner store at the intersection of Genesee Street and Kirkland Avenue, in Rochester, NY last night, just a couple of blocks away from the August 2015 drive-by massacre outside a Boys & Girls Club, on Genesee Street, where a total of six people were shot after a basketball game.

Three people died in that shooting.

In total, 7 people were shot in Rochester, NY Wednesday, making it one of the most violent, and bloodiest days in recent history in my hometown.

And yet not a peep from Rochester's Black Mayor, Lovely Warren.

Which is interesting, especially since Mayor Warren recently declared Rochester, NY a sanctuary city, saying immigrants are safe from deportation.

Which as a Cuban-American whose parents immigrated to the United States in the late 1960's, I think that's great.

But what about the citizens of Rochester, NY?

Just how safe are Rochester residents when drive-bys and mass shootings have become a regular occurrence?

And not a peep from Rochester's Black City Council Member Adam McFadden, who heads the City's Public Safety Comitee.

And of course, not a peep from #BlackLivesMatter.



UPDATED THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017 BY DAVY V.

You couldn't make this up if you tried.

One of the four men shot Wednesday in front of a corner store on Genesee Street in Rochester, NY was involved in the August 2015 massacre drive-by shooting on Genesee Street which killed three people.

Quartemaine Titus, 33, was captured on surveillance video in August of 2015, shooting at the suspects who shot six people in front of the Boys & Girls Club on Genesee Street.

Wednesday evening, Titus was shot in front of the corner store, just blocks away from the Boys & Girls Club.

 

Quartermaine Titus



BELOW: Family Members After Learning their Loved Ones Were Killed in August 2015 Drive-By Massacre in Front of Boys & Girls Club on Genesee Street, in Rochester, NY. (Photos: Social Media)

 

 

 

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren


 

Rochester, NY City Councilman and Public Safety Committee Chair Adam McFadden






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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Vincenzo Zagari Case; Justified Shooting, or Trigger-Happy Cop?

 

Vincenzo Zagari Lies Comatose after Being Shot by Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis. Photo provided to The Davy V. Blog by Zagari family.


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Saturday February 24, 2017

A couple of years ago, The Davy V. Blog covered the police shooting of 22-year old Vincenzo Zagari, a young man who was shot several times by Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis.

 

Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis


Zagari, an all star wrestler, who became addicted to drugs, was chased by Wegmans Food Market store security in Pittsford, NY, a suburb of Rochester, after being accused of shoplifting.

According to Monroe County, NY Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, Zagari attacked Deputy Davis with a hammer, and at one point pulled out a gun.

But no gun was ever found.

Only a BB gun.

That's when O'Flynn says Deputy Davis had no other choice but to shoot Zagari.

Six times.

Zagari, who is lucky to be alive after being hit a total of 5 times, and undergoing dozens of surgeries, eventually accepted a plea deal where he received 12 years in state prison.

But the Monroe County, NY Sheriff's Office story, including O'Flynn's narrative, never made sense to many in the counninity.

Especially to Zagari's family.

It just never quite fit.

In fact, immediately after the shooting, a reporter for Rochester, NY's ABC affiliate 13WHAM News took to Twitter with an interesting observation.

Reporter Sean Carroll posted: "Not looking like Monroe Co. Sheriff will be addressing questions on camera re: Pittsford deputy-involved shooting. Raises questions IMO"

For those not up on social media speak, "IMO" is short for In My Opinion.

 

 

Monroe County, NY Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn


Then there were the witnesses.

Two women, who worked on opposite sides of the M&T Bank parking lot where Zagari was shot.

One of the women, whose name I have chosen not to publish, worked at the McDonald's next to the bank.

We'll get back to her shortly.

The second woman, worked in an office building located on the other side of the bank.

We'll get back to her in a second as well.

Let's go back to the young woman who worked at McDonald's.

According to Zagari's family, to this day, that young woman is traumatized by what she saw.

The young woman saw Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis shoot Zagari.

She then saw Zagari fall forward.

As Zagari was falling forward, she saw Deputy Davis shoot Zagari several more times.

The young woman then said that Deputy Davis then walked over to Zagari, calmly stood directly over him, and shot him again.

Also, important to note... according to Luci Zagari, the young woman estimated the distance that Zagari was from Deputy Davis as being at least 30-40 feet.

This is very important as it clearly contradicts Monroe County, NY Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn's story.

Sheriff O'Flynn said that Zagari first attacked Deputy Davis with a hammer.

O'Flynn then stated that Deputy Davis used her baton, hitting Zagari, but according to O'Flynn, Zagari wouldn't go down.

Sheriff O'Flynn then stated that Zagari reached into his book bag and pulled out a gun, and that's when Davis shot Zagari.

In other words, according to Monroe County, NY Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, his Deputy, and Zagari were at this point, in essence, face to face.

According to O'Flynn, this was close combat.

But Zagari's family says that isn't true.

And photos Zagari's family sent to The Davy V. Blog, seem to back up their claims.

Take a good look at the photo below.

 

 

Photos Provided to The Davy V. Blog by Vincenzo Zagari's family Show Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis Shooting at Zagari


It was taken by the woman who worked in the office building.

Notice the woman at the top left of the photo next to the car?

That's Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis.

According to Zagari's family, that photo was taken immediately before Monroe County, NY Shetiff Deputy Bridget Davis shot Zagari.

What don't you see in the photo?

Look closely.

You don't see Vincenzo Zagari, do you?

In fact Zagari is nowhere in the frame, which shows a distance of at least 20-25 feet to the right of the photo.

In other words, not only is Zagari NOT seen attacking Deputy Davis, with a hammer, or with a gun, NOT only is Zagari NOT in close proximity to Deputy Davis like Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn said, when Davis shot him, but Zagari is NOWHERE close to Davis.

Instead, Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputy Bridget Davis shot Zagari as he was running AWAY from Davis.

NOT TOWARDS HER.

And Zagari's family says that the fact that he is alive is proof of that.

Zagari was shot a total of 6 tines.

He was hit 5 times.

With .44 hollow point bullets.

.44 hollow points are designed to expand upon entering a target, causing more damage.

To put it in more blunt terms, they're designed to shred and rip tissue apart.

If in fact Zagari had been as close to Deputy Davis as Sheriff O'Flynn claimed he was, he wouldn't be alive today.

But there's more.

According to several of Zagari's family members, who asked to remain anonymous, there are many lies and inconsistencies with the Monroe County Sheriff's story.

For example, according to Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, Zagari first attacked Deputy Davis with a hammer. 

That's when O'Flynn says Deputy Davis hit Zagari with her baton, but Zagari wouldn't go down. 

Then, according to Sheriff O'Flynn, Zagari reached into a book bag and pulled out a gun.

That's when O'Flynn says Deputy Davis shot Zagari.

But again, remember the photo above.

Take another good look at it.

Zagari is nowhere near Deputy Davis.

In fact, Zagari is nowhere in the 25-30 feet in front of Deputy Davis.

Zagari's family says that because he never attacked Deputy Davis.

The Davy V. Blog asked Zagari's family why then did Zagari accept a plea deal which sent him to state prison for 12 years, if he's innocent.

That plea deal also included Zagari pleading guilty to attempting to steal a minivan and trying to rob a bank.

The reason Zagari's family told me that he pleaded guilty is disturbing.

Coming soon...

Staged photos?

Also... VINCENZO ZAGARI WAS SHOT IN THE BACK.


 

 

 








Sunday, February 19, 2017

Filmmaker Dylan Avery Cuts My Dad Out of Black & Blue Film

 

Official Black & Blue Film Poster



By Davy V
.


"Your dad's story doesn't work for people, I'm sorry, but he killed himself"


That's the text I received from filmmaker Dylan Avery yesterday.


It's one of the most harshest, insensitive things anyone has ever said about my Dad.


Let me explain.


 


Alex Salazar 



Two years ago, Alex Salazar, an ex-LAPD cop and undercover narcotics officer turned "activist" befriended me on Facebook.


Salazar told me he was a fan of my work and that he was working on a project with filmmaker Dylan Avery, of 9/11 Loose Change film fame.


 


Dylan Avery 



Salazar told me he had spoken with Avery, and the two of them wanted to include my Dad's story in their film, Black and Blue.


A week later, I welcomed Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar into my home, and around my children.


For the next three days, my apartment was converted into a small Hollywood studio.


Lights, tripods, microphones, cables, and cameras were set up in my living room.


Alex Salazar set up computers in my children's room, which I had transformed into a guest room for him and Dylan Avery.


 


Cameras Set Up in My Office



 


Dylan Avery Gets Ready to Interview Me


 


Alex Salazar in My Children's Room



I treated Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar to one of my favorite Latino restaurants, where we planned filming, over dinner and cold beers.


During dinner I explained to Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar that my Dad's story is something very emotional and very hard for me to talk about.


I wanted them to know that behind the whole "Davy V." public image that people see on YouTube, and social media, and which at times can perhaps come across as being a bit over the top, there's actually a real person with a lot of pain.


I also needed them to know that behind "Davy V.", there's a story.


A story which I don't often, or easily just open up to complete strangers about.

As many of you who follow this blog, and are familiar with my story know, my Dad Mario Vara, a Cuban immigrant who fled communism in the late 1960's, in search of a better life for him and his family in the U.S., was a police accountability activist in Rochester, NY in the 1980's.


In fact, my Dad was a pioneer when it came to cop watching.


Long before Rodney King, before smartphones, before YouTube, before it became cool to record cops, my Dad was out there with his big VHS camcorder.


 


My Dad Mario Vara with his VHS Camcorder Photo Circa 1987



As a result of his work, the Rochester, NY Police Department made my Dad's life hell.


During the late 1980's through the early 90's, the Rochester, NY Police targeted my Dad, harassing and intimidating him on an almost daily basis.

It became so bad that my dad fell into a deep depression.


On July 9, 1993, my Dad committed suicide in his bedroom, while me and my mom were downstairs.


My Dad's work, and his suicide is why I am so passionate about what I do.


That, combined with the fact that I will never forget, nor will I forgive the Rochester, NY Police Department for what they did to my Dad.


And for what they put him through.


I want to be clear about something here.


I don't want to make this an angry or hate piece.


But the truth is I'm just very hurt.


Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar both assured me that my Dad's story would make it in the film.


They both told me they understood my Dad's death was very personal for me, and they told me they wouldn't have travelled from Los Angeles, where they both live, to Upstate, NY, to waste my time.


They lied.


I trusted Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar.


I trusted them with a very personal and painful subject for me, and for my family.


My Dad's death.


I remember how hard it was to be interviewed for Dylan Avery's film, Black and Blue


The interview lasted several hours and at times 

was so hard that we had to stop several times because I became very emotional.


Recalling the day my Dad committed suicide is very hard for me.


And recalling the day my Dad committed suicide, in front of bright lights and several cameras, is even harder.


Even twenty four years later, my Dad's death is very hard to talk about.


I think what makes it especially difficult for me is again, I was home when it happened.


I was the first one to run up the stairs and see my Dad, and make sure my mom wouldn't see him like that.


I miss my Dad every day.


I always say I have needed my Dad more as an adult, than I ever did when I was a child.


I think that's because when we're children, we tend to take our parents and even our grandparents for granted.


Most children don't really have a concept of death.

Therefore as a child, and even as a young adult, the fact of one day not having my Dad in my life, never really crossed my mind.


One of the hardest things to accept is that my Dad missed out on so much.


For example, he never got the chance to see his grandchildren.


And my children never met their grandfather.


They only know of him through stories.


Back to Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar.


The interview ended up lasting most of the day.


Afterwards I was drained.


Both emotionally and physically.


Dylan Avery stayed in Rochester one more day and Alex Salazar stayed a couple more days.


I took Salazar to Rochester's historic Mount Hope Cemetery, where we visited the grave of Frederick Douglass.


I also took Alex Salazar to Niagara Falls, which he had never visited.


It ended up being perfect timing, as the Falls had frozen over.


Once there, Dylan Avery called Alex Salazar and asked him to get video footage of the falls, to include in the film.


A couple of days later, I drove Alex Salazar to the airport.


In the months that followed, Dylan Avery contacted me several times to ask me for old archive video footage of my Dad.


Over the course of several weeks, I looked through hundreds of old VHS video tapes, and spent countless hours transferring footage to DVDs, which I overnighted to Dylan Avery.


I did this several times.


Each time Dylan Avery would update me on how good my Dad's "chapter" in the film was coming along.


Which is why I don't understand why Dylan Avery not only decided to cut my Dad out of the film, but I especially don't understand his very insensitive, shrill text.


Dylan Avery has refused to take my calls.


So has Alex Salazar.


Yes it is true.


My Dad did commit suicide.


He wasn't killed by police.


Af least not in the literal sense.


But they greatly contributed to his committing suicide.


What the Rochester, NY Police did to my dad, is something that's not often talked about.


We hear about physical abuse, such as police beating people.


And we hear about police killing people.


But we don't really hear about police agencies targeting individuals through a selective pattern of harassment and intimidation tactics.


In essence, a form of psychological warfare.


Worse than any physical beating.


And it was that psychological warfare which drove my Dad to commit suicide.


I may never know the real reason or reasons why Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar lied to me, strung me along, and ultimately cut my Dad's story out of their film, Black and Blue.


But I feel that politics played a major part.


Hollywood politics.


It's no secret that I'm very outspoken and opinionated.


And a lot of folks don't like that.


Take, for example, my criticism of the hypocrisy behind the Black Lives Matter movement, where they have no problem protesting whenever a cop kills a black youth, but are nowhere to be seen or heard from when innocent little black girls are killed in Chicago, the victims of gang crossfire.


And some folks don't like that.


They can't handle the fact that I'm me, and that I can't be bought.


And that I'm always going to speak my mind regardless of what anyone thinks.


Like when I say that the real enemy of black youths is NOT the police, sadly, it's other black youths.


And when you have filmmakers and Hollywood distributors who are more interested in making money than in speaking the truth, well, you make decisions to get rid of anyone who is deemed outspoken or "controversial."


Also, as many of you know, I've been the target of many threats, and I have my share of haters and trolls.


According to a source who asked to remain anonymous, potential distributors for the film told Dylan Avery to cut my Dad and myself out of the film, or according to the source, "they wouldn't touch it."


Which, if true, would at least help to explain what Dylan Avery meant with his text, where he said "Your dad's story doesn't work for people."


Doesn't work for people?


What the fuck does that even mean exactly?


If it is in fact true that distributors asked Dylan Avery to cut my Dad out of the film, then that would also show that Dylan Avery has sold out to Hollywood.


In other words, he's a puppet.


They own him.


Whatever the reason, Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar have refused to tell me.


I need to say this: 


The truth is I didn't want to write this.


And at first I wasn't.


But then I realized I had to.


You see, I owe it to every single one of you who read this blog, and who follow my work.


And I especially owe it to everyone who I shared the link for the official trailer for Black and Blue with.


That's another thing.


Not only did Dylan Avery feature my Dad in the official trailer for Black and Blue, but as you can see in the photo below, he even had my name printed on the official movie poster.


 


 


Official Black & Blue Film Poster Shows My Name



And that's why I decided to write this.


I owed it to everyone who contacted me regarding the film.


Folks as far away as Australia, who contacted me to tell me how much they were looking forward to seeing my Dad in the film.


My brother said something to me which is very true.


He told me that at the end of the day, I became too emotionally involved in the film.


A film I had no control over.


But nonetheless, a film I believed in.


In fact, scratch that.


A film I STILL believe in.


Because I do.


Like I wrote in my February 23, 2016 piece titled "Dylan Avery's Film Black and Blue Will Help Many Deal with Their Pain of Losing Loved Ones to Trigger-Happy Cops", the film will help bring closure to families.


But I don't trust Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar.


Not after how they lied to me,


And I question their motives for not only cutting  my Dad out of the film, but now I find myself questioning their motive behind making the film.


Let me elaborate.


As I look back now, there were some things that made me question whether I should have opened up to Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar and whether I should have trusted them in the first place.


For example, someone reached out to me after I posted some photos of Dylan Avery and Alex Salazar filming in Rochester, and they told me to be very careful with Dylan Avery.


According to the person, some years back, when Dylan Avery produced the film 9/11 Loose Change, he and his partner Korey Rowe, who co-produced the film with Avery, were accused of defrauding investors and scamming them out of more than $100,000, before selling the rights to the film to a distributor, and never repaying the investors.


But at the time I didn't think much of it.


To be honest, I didn't think it was neither here nor there, as frankly it had nothing to do with me, and Dylan Avery never asked me for any money,


On the contrary, it was I, on my own free will, who chose to make several donations to Avery, and I sent him several hundred dollars over a few months.


I wasn't a lot, but it was my way of letting him know that I believed in him and I wanted to help out with travel expenses, etc.


I also paid the Sundance Film Festival entry fee for Black and Blue, after Dylan Avery told me he was strapped for cash.


The film ended up being turned down by Sundance.


UPDATED: According to my records, I sent Dylan Avery a total of $725.00 in 5 separate transactions.


Then there were the rumors about Alex Salazar.


Apparently, there were several people claiming that Salazar, who once worked in the infamous LAPD Rampart Division during the Rodney King beating, as an undercover cop, was still working undercover, and perhaps even more disturbing, was trying to infiltrate different police accountability groups and befriend activists.


So naturally, I brought the matter up to Alex Salazar, but he denied it.


However, the next day, Alex Salazar defriended me and blocked me on Facebook.


When I asked him about this, he told me something which I found interesting.


Alex Salazar explained to me that he was forced to defriend people on Facebook, and ultimately decided to deactivate his Facebook account altogether, because the rumors about him working as an undercover agent continued.


Salazar currently works as a private detective in Los Angeles.


Which reminds me of something else.


Another thing I thought was unprofessional of Salazar, is that he would often call me on three way when he would talk to his clients.


I felt it was unprofessional, not to mention unethical.


Again, Alex Salazar is a private detective in Los Angeles, with a large percentage of his work involving extramarital affairs.


For Alex Salazar to violate the trust and confidentiality of his clients, I feel says a lot about him personally.


Salazar would get upset when I would hang up, and he just couldn't understand that I felt it was wrong.


But there was one thing in particular that bothered me personally about Alex Salazar, and something that makes me question his and Dylan Avery's motives behind making Black and Blue.


It occurred during the filming of my interview for Black and Blue.


After a very emotional part in the interview, where I was describing the evening when my Dad committed suicide, Salazar yelled at me across the room during a break in filming, and told me I had to "make it more emotional."


I recall feeling uncomfortable.


I just felt it was as if he and Dylan Avery were trying to coach or direct me.


And it didn't feel natural.


Again, my Dad's death is something that's very painful for me and very hard to open up about, and it just felt like they were exploiting it.


I've learned a valuable lesson in all this.


I learned to be more careful trusting people.


And I've learned that no matter how empathetic someone may seem, oftentimes people aren't who they say they are.



BELOW:


Screenshots of My Dad Mario Vara from Black & Blue Film Trailer


 


 

 



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