Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rochester, NY Police officer Kenneth Pinckney; An Officer and a Gentleman

Rochester, NY Police officer Kenneth Pinckney

By Davy V.

What is it about getting older that makes us miss our childhood so much?

For me, one of the things I miss about my childhood is, well, the innocence of being a child.

Everything was just so carefree.

And fun.

I miss drinking 25 cent huggie juices and cracking jokes with my friends after a game of kickball or 2 on 2 touch football in the church parking lot next to my Child Street home in Rochester, NY

I miss my dad giving me a couple of dollars and me running to the corner store to spend it all on Now & Later packs, Lemon Heads and penny candy.

And believe it or not, I actually miss my curfew notice, which usually came by way of my mom calling my name from the front porch, "Davy!", as soon as the streetlights came on.

That was my curfew.

The street lights.


Things have changed.

I mean do kids even have curfews anymore?

And one of the things I miss so much about my childhood is when Rochester, NY Police officer Ron Fontaine would see me sitting on my porch, and he would stop his cruiser in front of my house, for no other reason than just to say hi.

I thought that was so cool.

As cool as when "Officer Friendly" visited my second grade class at Jonathan Child School #21.

But all that changed in June of 1986, when Rochester, NY Police officers Randall "Rambo" Benjamin and Mark Mariano kicked in the front door to my family's home at 184 Child Street, terrorizing me, my brother, my mother, and my father at gunpoint, threatened to shoot our family dog, and illegally searched our home without a warrant, overturning mattress, dresser drawers, and destroying our personal belongings, including my baseball trophies.

It was a very rude awakening.

The realization that the people who as a child I was taught were the "Good guys", were not.

A very rude awakening indeed.

But even still, I find myself telling my children that there are good police officers, even though everyday it becomes harder and harder for me to actually believe that.

Which is why I was happy to be with my son Wednesday evening when I witnessed something which reminded me of that innocence from my childhood.

And of the trust I had for police officers, before it was forever shattered.

Enter Rochester, NY Police officer Kenneth Pinckney.

As I came to a red light at the intersection of W. Main and Broad Streets entering downtown Rochester, I noticed a Rochester Police officer with a tire iron in hand, hunched down, changing an elderly woman's flat tire in a parking lot.

Sitting inside the car, was an elderly wheelchair bound gentleman.

I turned around and pulled into the lot, and took the photos you see below.

I then approached officer Pinckney, extended my hand, and introduced myself.

Officer Pinckney seemed surprised as soon as he saw me, but he shook my hand.

I told him it was cool.

I explained to him that despite my work, and the fact that I go hard at exposing his police department's dark side, I'm just as eager to show a positive side.

Officer Pinckney smiled.

Seeing beads of sweat on officer Pinckney's forehead, I could tell he had been working hard changing the elderly woman's flat tire.

I thanked officer Pinckney for reminding me of my childhood.

And of "Officer Friendly."

He smiled.

And posed for a photo.

Thank you again, Rochester, NY Police officer Kenneth Pinckney.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Rochester, NY Police Captain Korey Brown Approves of his Cops Tackling, Tasering, Assaulting, and Arresting Citizen for Video Recording Them: "They Used Tremendous Restraint, I'm Surprised They Didn't Arrest Him Earlier." (UPDATED)

Rochester, NY Police cop yells at woman video recording 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2015 1:00 P.M.

According to Rochester, NY Police Captain Korey Brown, he supports his officers stopping a citizen, physically grabbing them, conducting an illegal search of their person without their consent, falsely arresting them, putting them in handcuffs, and unlawfully detaining them, taking away their freedom, until they realize they have the wrong person.

That's exactly what Rochester, NY Police officers did to Daryl Appleberry Monday afternoon as he and family members were enjoying a beautiful fall day on the porch of their Grafton St. home.

Appleberry's arrest was captured on several cell phone videos.

But it's what happened shortly before Rochester, NY Police officers released Appleberry from his false arrest, which once again shows how Rochester Police officers, primarily white officers, mistreat black citizens in the city where Frederick Douglass, known as the founding father of America's civil rights movement, is buried.

Throughout Daryl Appleberry's false arrest, his neighbor, Scean Gordon was also video recording with his cell phone.

And Rochester, NY Police officers did not like that.

So they falsely arrested Gordon as well, but not after several officers assaulted him, pepper spraying, tasering him, and slamming him on a driveway.

They then charged him with resting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, and disorderly conduct.

RPD Captain Korey Brown commanded his officers.

"They used great restraint," Captain Brown told Rochester's mainstream news media, adding, "I'm surprised they didn't arrest him earlier."

Captain Brown also said that his officers arrested Gordon because he was loud and cursed at officers.

None of which are illegal.

Rochester, NY Police Captain Korey Brown


By Davy V.

Darryl Applegate has followed my work since he was 15 years old.

That's why when Rochester, NY cops unlawfully arrested the 30-year old Appleberry, kidnapping him, and putting him in the back of their police cruiser, even though they knew they had the wrong guy, he contacted me as soon as they set him free.

Appleberry told me he was on the porch of their Grafton Street home, on Rochester's east side, when Rochester Police drove down the street and slow down as they passed his home.

"They slowed down, turned around, and then came back," Appleberry told me.

"Then they jumped out of the police car and they grabbed me, they even searched my pockets."

Rochester, NY cops then placed Darryl Appleberry in the back of their police cruiser.

"They had the wrong guy, it wasn't me who they were looking for, I didn't do anything," Appleberry told me.

Well, after secrets, minutes of Appleberry being under false arrest, handcuffed in the back of an RPD cruiser, he was finally released.

No warrant.


Wrong person.

It's a kidnapping.

An abduction.

By armed thugs.

The only difference is that these cops are able to do this because their corrupt, illegal actions are done under the color of law.

Under the guise of a "law enforcement" officer.

So they get away with it.

Every single time.

But the story doesn't end there.

As disturbing it is to be on your porch, enjoying a beautiful fall day, and have two police officers grab you, illegally search your person, and then put metal handcuffs on you and put you in the back of a 
police car, behind a cage, when you know you haven't done anything wrong, what happens next is perhaps even more disturbing.

The whole time that Appleberry was handcuffed and being placed in the police cruiser, there were several people video recording with their cell phones. (BOTH VIDEOS ARE LINKED BELOW) 

One of these persons, was Scean Gordon, who lives across the street from Appleberry.

The video below. (PART 2) which was originally posted to Facebook by Appleberry as soon as he was set fee, captures yet another disturbing and violent example of Rochester, NY Police officers violating citizens' first amendment right to record.

Something which the Rochester, NY Police Department is notorious for doing.

After Rochester, NY cops place Appleberry in the cruiser and begin to pull off, the officer driving the cruiser abruptly stops the vehicle, gets out, and does a bee line straight to Scean Gordon, who is standing on private property, and tackle him.

Rochester, NY coo charges at man who was video recording

"He wasn't dong anything wrong," Gordon's wife, who didn't want to be identified, out of fear of retaliation by the RPD, told me.

"He was simply video recording what was happening to his friend because the police had the wrong person."

"My husband suffers from post traumatic stress disorder from being beaten by police in New York City years ago, but he didn't do anything wrong."

Rochester Police officers tasered Gordon, and assaulted  him, even slamming him on the driveway of the home.

Gordon was charged with resisting arrest and "O.G.A", or obstruction of governmental administration.

Both bullshit charges which police use when they have to come up with something to try and justify their illegal, unconstitutional actions.

Gordon was taken to Rochester General Hospital for his injuries.



I will be updating this piece soon.



Rochester, NY Police kidnap Darryl Appleberry

Rochester, NY cops assault Scean Gordon for video recording 

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Rochester, NY Police Department Cons Innocent, Unsuspecting, Trusting Citizens with Annual Gun Buyback Scam

City of Rochester, NY Scam Hustle "Gun Buyback"

By Davy V.

Once again, the Rochester, NY Police Department, under the direction of its polce chief Michael Ciminelli, and Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren, conned and defrauded innocent, trusting, law and citizens with the City of Rochester, NY's Gun Buyback program.

For the readers not from the Rochester area, the gun buyback program is a yearly scam, put on by Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren, where naive citizens are encouraged to turn in their firearms in exchange for gift cards to Wegmans Food stores.

Now, Mayor Lovely Warren and her puppet chief of police will have citizens believe that by them turning in their guns, they're making Rochester, ranked as New York States "Murder Capital", a safer place.


You see, the firearms which are turned in every year, to Rochester's gun buyback, ARE NOT guns that are just randomly scattered on city streets, like litter.

Not at all.

The overwhelming percentage of the firearms that the City of Rochester scams people out of every year are legally owned firearms, including in some cases, family heirlooms.

Take, for example, the photo below.

Elderly woman gets scammed out of her late father's vintage revolver.

It's of an elderly woman who turned in her dead father's vintage revolver, which appears to be a .22 caliber, in its wooden and red velvet display case.

The woman said she wishes she could have kept it, but that she knew that she had to turn it in because her father had passed away.


What the woman didn't know, and sadly, no one at the gun buyback scam told her, including Rochester, NY Police officers, is that there is a process that is available to her where she could have applied to the state, and become licensed, then she would have been able to legally keep her late father's vintage gun.

But again, she didn't know that.

And again, no one told her.

Including the Rochester, NY cops at the gun buy scam.

They could have.

But they didn't.

Instead, they quickly took it off her hands in exchange for a $100 Wegmans gift card.

Another trusting citizen, this time a man, turned in his vintage 100-plus year old  lever-action rifle.

His reward?

A $50 Wegmans gift card.

And yet another man got robbed after he turned in his single-action Wild Wild West style revolver, again, for groceries.

Yes because, every time there's a drive-by shooting in Rochester, NY, like the one last August where three black youths were killed, and several others were seriously injured, after a Boys and Girls Club basketball game, the weapon of choice has been a Gunsmoke, or Bonanza-type revolver.

Or an old lady's family heirloom .22 revolver.

Or an antique lever-action rifle.

What a scam.

Rochester, NY Police officers conning and defrauding trusting people.

According to Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren, and Rochester Police Chief Mchael Ciminelli, all the firearms collecte will be destroyed.


I will bet you dollars to donuts, that some dirty, crooked Rochester, NY cop, maybe even the chief himself, already has those vintage firearms in their gun case.

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren and her puppet, RPD Chief Michael Ciminelli.  

The Scam.

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When it Comes to Illegally Parking in Handicapped Parking Spaces, Cops Are Not the Only Ones Who Think They Are Above the Law

Genesee Medical Transportation vehicle illegally parked in handicap parking space

By Davy V.

A woman who took several photos of a Rochester, NY medical transportation vehicle driver illegally parked in a parking space reserved for handicapped persons, didn't think I'd be interested in the photos.

She was wrong.

You see, just as I am critical of law enforcement abusing their authority feeling like they are somehow entitled to special privileges and exemptions, I also have an issue with someone who uses their job, in this case, a medical transportation driver, to break the law, and obtain special privileges.

Here's what happened.

According to the woman, a self described "fan" of my work who regularly follows The Davy V. Blog, and who asked me not to publish her name, she was exiting the Tim Horton's Cafe located at 1580 Jefferson Road, in Henrietta, NY, near the intersection of Noth Winton Rd., Monday morning around 8:30 a.m., when she noticed what she thought was a white newer model ford police cruiser pulling into one of the parking lot's handicapped parking spaces.

Upon closer look, she realized that it wasn't a polce cruiser, but instead a Genesee Medical Transportation vehicle.

In other words, similar to a taxi service, only dedicated to transporting patients, usually the elderly, to medical appointments.

"I found it to be very disturbing, regardless of who he was," the woman wrote in an email to me where she included the photos below.

"Bottom line, he isn't handicapped, but on top of that he is a medical transport driver, he should know better, I mean abusing his position for his personal benefit? That's just wrong."

The woman went on to say that she took photos of the medical transport car, and then as she was pulling off, she saw the driver, a male, coming out of the coffee shop with a coffee cup and bag.

I called Genesee Medical Transportation, and spoke with "Joe", who wouldn't give me his last name, and would only say that he was a supervisor with the transportation company.

He told me he would talk to the driver.

After about 30 minutes, I called back, and after being put on a lengthy hold, Joe told me that he had spoken with the driver, who was driving the company's number 32 car.

"I told him he couldn't do that, he can't park in a handicapped parking to get coffee, because he can get a ticket," he told me.

I pressed Joe on that.

I told Joe,  that it has nothing to do with getting a ticket.

In other words that shouldn't be the reason why his driver shouldn't park n a handicapped parking space.

I told Joe that it's the fact that his driver illegally parked in, and occupied a parking space reserved for handicapped persons, and by doing so, he made that parking siace unavailable to someone who may have truly needed it.

"Yes, I talked to him and he apologizes, he said he won't do it anymore," Joe said to me in a very nonchalant tone.

Something tells me he will.

My advice to everyone?

Just like this smart, attentive woman did, ALWAYS document ANY abuse of power or position.


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Monday, November 2, 2015

Rochester, NY Taxpayer Dollars at Work; With Her City in Crisis, Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren Makes YouTube Video of Latest Fad Dance

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren dances in her office at City Hall

By Davy V.

Rochester, NY is ranked the 3rd poorest city in the U.S.

The child poverty rate in Rochester is 46 percent.

More than double the U.S. national average.

And every day in Rochester, NY, thousands of low-income families, with young children, a strong concentration of which are African-American and Latinos, and many of them single parent homes, struggle to put food on the table.

For many young children in Rochester, NY, dinner consists of a pack of high sodium, Ramen noodle soup.

Many children don't even get that, and go to bed hungry, crying themselves to sleep.

Rochester, NY City schools are one of the worst in the country.

In fact, Rochester City schools are so bad, that Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren refused to send her own daughter Taylor to city schools, instead placing her in a private school.

Every year teachers have to buy their own school supplies.

School superintendents come and go, like the seasons.

Each one being paid a ton of money, yet they continue to fail our children.

And our schools.

Rochester, NY is also the murder capital of New York State.

The city is experiencing black genocide.

In August, a drive-by shooting at a Boys and Girls Club in Rochester made national headlines after a group of black youths had just left a basketball game, and were standing on a street corner when a car pulled up and a suspect opened fire, shooting a total of seven youths, and killing three, two of whom died at the scene.

Just today, there were two murders, hours apart.

Yes, my hometown is in crisis.

Add to that the fact that the Rochester, NY Police Department is out of control.

The latest viral video shows 5 white Rochester, NY cops beating a black mentally ill homeless man in front of a homeless shelter.

So, as my city is in crisis, what is Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren doing?

She's making a dance video.

Of the latest fad.

A Halloween dance.

In her office.

The same office Rochester taxpayers voted her put her in.

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren could have used taxpayer dollars and taxpayer time, in her elected office, to make a video addressing black on black violence.

Or poverty.

Or Rochester's failing schools.

Or to address the problem of how Rochester, NY Police officers abuse the homeless, and the mentally ill.

But she didn't.

Instead, she used taxpayer money to dance around in her office, to the latest fad.

The "Halloween Dance."

So there you go, Rochester, NY, YOURTAXPAYER   DOLLARS AT WORK.

What a fucking joke my city has become.


Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren turns Rochester City Hall into a circus 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

From Studying Medicine, to Hollywood's Silver Screen, Cuban-American Actor Guillermo Jorge Talks with The Davy V. Blog

                                             Guillermo Jorge photo credit: JeanPaul SanPedro

By Davy V.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Cuban-American actor, screenwriter and director Jon Molerio.

And much like other interviews I've done with actors such as David Bianchii, and Oscar Torre, many of you reached out to me, not not only to tell me how much you enjoyed the Q&A, but also thanking me for showing a side of Hollywood which has long been overlooked.

Latinos in film.

So, I decided to follow up that interview with another Latino actor helping to change the game in Tinsletown.

Cuban-American actor Guillermo Jorge.

Jorge has starred in television shows such as C.S.I. Miami, C.S.I. N.Y., House, as well as in several films, including Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby."

From his days studying medicine, to why he chose to pursue acting, to his thoughts on Cuba's future, to why it's so important to remain humble, Guillermo Jorge took time out to come on The Davy V. Blog...


Guillermo, tell the readers a little about yourself.

I was born in Miami, Florida. My parents are from Cuba. I'm an only child who was born in the 70's, and grew up in the 80's. I feel like I was there for the advent of cable and computers, so I'm a cable box kid. Movies were my escape. I can remember my mom coming home from work and I'd be on top of the couch pretending I was Spider-Man in my underroos.

My parents didn't really push me into the arts, but my dad being an architect amd his uncle Miguel who was a well known painter in the Cuban community, I guess it ran through my veins. My dad used to take me to see films, and I remember watching 2001 A Space Odyssey with him, which at the time seemed like reading War and Peace, but luckily for me the 1980's which were Spielberg and Lucas's bedrock of material, to name just a few, they took me to worlds that sparked my interest in movies.

I remember watching Poltergeist and E.T. and seeing the opening sequences that revolved around suburban life, the only difference being that they were both surrounded by mountains in some valley far off, and not in the flatlands of Florida, and that always stuck with me. I wanted to go there. But I did the typical stuff every kid does. I loved Star Wars and McDonalds. I played little league baseball. But movies is what I always revolved around.

You have an interesting background, you studied medicine right?

Well, you know, growing up in Miami from Cuban parents who fought hard after coming to this country, it was expected to go into something like medicine, law, etc. Everyone in my family is either a doctor or a lawyer. So I followed suit, and went off and studied medicine in the Dominican Republic. 

I was there for five and a half years roughly, and I can say that it was one of the most important times in my life. I saw how others lived, and the things that we as Americans take for granted. I did what I had to do to get by. I remember watching ER back then with my cousin who now happens to be one of the best cardiologists in South Florida, and we'd see a scene where George Clooney was doing a medical procedure and my cousin would say, "The medical terminology is pretty exact, you see how he intubated the patient in the fifth intercostal space?", and I'd turn to my cousin and say, "Yeah, did you see the emotion on Clooney's face? He's so in right now!", and my cousin would look at me like what the fuck are you talking about... LOL!

That's funny. Ok, but did you always somehow know you would pursue acting?

The first couple of years, in the back of my mind, I always knew that I'd be going off to do film. I was always a performer of sorts. Me and all my friends were a cast of funny cats. We used to get up in the high school cafeteria and get into reenactments and make the whole lunchroom bust out laughing. I would say that if I've ever been given a gift it was to make people laugh. And I cherish that gift. I grew up watching those everyman type of actors, the ones you can relate to, like Dudley Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, and Roy Scheider (Jaws), people who weren't the typical Hollywood looking guys, but I remember I always related to those guys.

But the good thing about the medical field was that it taught me how to empathize with people. They were so happy for you to give to them. Me and my other cousin would rent movies, and we'd spend the whole day watching them and I would tell her, "I'm going to be an actor," And she was all for it.

The turning point where I finally decided I was going for it, was with a certain patient in my final years of doing my internship. He was there for what's called gaseous gangrene, because he was a diver and his left leg was at the point where they might have to amputate it, and I'd see him on the graveyard shifts.

The other students would tell me that he'd always ask for me. One day I went up to him and he was in great pain, and he would tell me, "You remind me of Patch Adams, with his bad English. You make me laugh. You're good at it." And I went on to tell him that I loved movies, and he said, "Hollywood!"

It was a foregone conclusion for me to go and do what I loved.

But there were so many things I learned in that country, such as the human condition which in turn has helped me in acting. Luckily I was also really good at psychiatry, one of my better subjects, and that really helps me with character development. Those days over there in the Dominican Republic, I carry with me everywhere I go.

What's a typical day like for you?

Well, actually as I've gotten older I've become more of a robot, I really have become routined based.
I wake up in the morning like clockwork and I go straight to Starbucks and I get a grande cup of coffee and I smoke a cigarette. I then go to my "9 to 5" around 12, I get out of work around 4 and I go home, surf the net for acting work, and usually speak with my agent around that time as well, and relax.

I'm a big behind the scenes kind of person. What I mean is people see the finished product, the edited film, but what's behind that Guillermo, what don't people see that goes into acting?

A lot of things go into making a movie. From the grip (camera), all the way to the top of the food chain, the producer and director. When I first came out here I was really  cocky and I thought just put me in front of a camera and let me do my magic, and I was so wrong. You learn to respect every aspect of the industry. First off, the script. Probably the most important part in my eyes. If you don't have a good story or plot, you can't believe in Peter Pan.

Also, as an actor, trust and humility are probably the biggest things you can have. It helps you out in so many ways. Especially humility. Like my mom used to say, "You're not the last Coca Cola in the desert." There's always someone waiting in the wings who'll be better than you or want it more. So being humble is the only way to go. And you'll feel better because it becomes a team effort. 

I'm big on that.

Ok, like me you're from Miami. What's your favorite thing about the 305?

First thing back to Miami, I go straight to the ocran and put my feet in. I do miss the warmth of the Atlantic, I love the water in Miami. I usually go once a year but I'm trying to go more often.

Favorite thing about Hollywood?

I have to say the people, they get me. I love the climate and the hills, where you have a chance to see great distances,

Guillermo, as a Latino myself, here's a question I like to pose to Latino actors such as yourself. What do you think about the state of Latinos in Hollywood? Latinos have come a long way since the days of the stereotypical roles of maids and gangbangers which Hollywood doled out to Latino actors, but there's more work to be done right?

A lot of work to do. I mean even amongst the Latino community itself there's a lot of work to do. Never mind the nation or Hollywood at large. The giant white and brown elephant in the room for me is that a lot of Latino cultures will only back or support what they know, their own culture. But I'm starting to see great change. Take, for example, the recent movie Ladrones which has a multitude of different Hispanic, Latino cultures in it. So it appeals to different nationalities, but I've never had that problem. I remember going to see "Maria Full of Grace", about a Colombian girl, before it was in the news, and saw the things I related to as a Latin/Hispanic man, but I also saw the differences.

The other thing that bothers me sometimes is that there are still racial boundaries within the Hispanic community. I went to an audition once for a student film at USC, and I read to play a Cuban, and the director thought I wasn't Cuban looking enough. I was like "Que Pinga?" I go outside and everyone who I think is Cuban was of the fair skinned Cuban, blonde hair, light eyes. Racial profiling will always exist. Racism in every culture and nationality still exst. It's not an American or Hollywood problem. It's a cultural and personal problem with every single human being on this planet.

Guillermo, what are your thoughts on the recent lifting of the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and what do you think that opening up our beautiful island can mean for Cuba's future when it comes to film?

It's mixed emotions on that. My parents lost a lot when they came over and had to start all over. But, at the same time, I wouldn't have been born here in a country that I love so much. It's a selfish feeling on my part, but aren't we all selfish to a certain degree?  I'm a middle aged man who's never gone to a country that he has grown up learning about. I could probably debate this with my father for years, I think about the people there, and I think it's a good thing. I'd like a different leadership there but the chances of an overthrow by the U.S. is highly unlikely. 

As for the film business there, time will tell. I'd love to be able to go there and make a film, but it goes back to what my parents think. They wouldn't want me to help that dictatorship. It's a conflict of interests. It's a beautiful country that has been hiding from the world  for over 50 some odd years, and only through memories do we even know what it's about. But the people in Cuba, are the ones we should think about, and I think it's time the world knows about its beauty.

Tell us about any upcoming projects.

Well I have a couple, some I'm still waiting to hear back on, but I'm doing a film called "The Mexican" which is directed by Wes Cheers. I play the great villain cowboy type, and I'm really excited about that one. I'm also in a comic web series called All of Love, with comedian and actor Mike Estime from "Everybody Hates Chris." It's hilarious and I love when I'm shooting that show. I play Jay Patel, he's a great character.

Ok, I saved the best for last... What advice can you give to aspiring actors?

First, make sure you love it, before you start off. It's a very hard life before it gets any better. If it gets any better. But keep pushing and surround yourself with those that push you upwards and are as passionate as you are at telling stories. Don't burn any bridges and like I said before, humility, humility, humility. Another one from my mom--"Be good because you want to be, not because you're expecting something in return." And that in a nutshell is the business of Hollywood. And life... FIN.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

(VIDEO) 5 Rochester, NY Cops Beat Mentally ill Homeless Black Man

Rochester, NY Cops Beat Mentally ill Homeless Man

By Davy V.

disturbing video, filmed through a car's rear window, and reminiscent of the 1991 Rodney King beating by LAPD cops, shows 5 Rochester, NY Police officers beating a black mentally ill homeless man in the middle of the street.

Perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that the beating took place directly in front of a homeless shelter, after staff called the police on the man saying he dent want to leave.

According to Rochester Police, who acknowledged that the man was mentally ill, officers responded to The Open Door Mission homeless shelter, located at 210 West Main Street, in downtown Rochester, around 3:00 pm Tuesday afternoon.

It was then that RPD officials say officers found the homeless man in the street, blocking traffic, and as they said, behaving in a manner where he could have hurt himself.

So what did they do?

Well, they did what jacked-up, steroid shooting thugs with badges do.

They beat the man.

After tasering him several times, according to RPD Chief Michael Ciminelli.

Never mind that the man was mentally ill.

And never mind that he may have hurt himself.

These Rochester cops did it for him.

The Rochester, NY Police Department has a long history of mistreating and abusing the mentally ill.

One case that stands out which I covered is that of LaShedica Mason.

On July 10, 2005, 13-year old LaShedica Mason was suicidal, when she locked herself up in the bathroom of her home on St. Jacob Street on Rochester's eastside.

Her relatives called 911 for assistance.

Minutes later, Rochester Police officer Mark Simmons entered the home and as soon as he saw Mason holding a knife, he shot the 13 year old girl three times, including once in her abdomen.

LaShedica almost died.

Her gall bladder, as well as several feet of her intestines had to be removed during surgery.

Ironically, just days before the shooting, former Rochester, NY Police Chief Cedric Alexander had announced the creation of the Rochester Police Department's Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team (EDPRT) a team specially trained to deal with despondent, suicidal, and emotionally unstable individuals.

Which is why I'm disgusted every time I see Cedric Alexander on CNN, talking about black lives matter.

Cedric Alexander is a hypocrite.

He never denounced the shooting, amd stood by his cop's actions.

LaShedica was black.

Didn't her life matter when a trigger-happy cop shot her several times?

That's why I'm not surprised that these 5 Rochester, NY cops beat a black mentally ill homeless man in broad daylight in downtown Rochester in the middle of a busy street.

How sad that this took place in a city with so much civil rights history.

A city where Frederick Douglass, known as "The Founding Father of America's Civil Rights Movement" started The North Star anti-slavery newspaper, and is actually buried less than 2 miles from where this beating took place.

Also sad is just how silent Rochester's black community and so-called "leaders" have remained following the beating.

Not a peep.


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