|Rochester, NY Police officer|
kicking her K-9 partner.
As most of you know by now, I broke the news of the Rochester, NY Police officer who was caught on video kicking her K-9 partner on Saturday October 6, 2012 on Veterans Place in Rochester, NY.
In the video, the officer, who Rochester Police Spokesman Sgt. Justin Collins still hasn't released her name to me, can be seen walking with her K-9 partner on her left side, when all of a sudden, the officer kicks the dog on it's right rib cage area.
Afterwards, the dog seems to be scared, as it puts its head down, and its tail between its legs.
After contacting Rochester, NY Police department Public Information officer Sgt. Justin Collins,
I was told that the RPD would not be releasing the officer's name, and that they were treating the incident as a "personell matter."
"At this time, the RPD is not releasing the officer's name as it's a personnel matter, if there is something that doesn't follow in the standards of the RPD, then there will be some action taken. This either fits in our standard, or it doesn't," said RPD Public Information officer Sgt. Justin Collins.
On Friday, October 12th, I filed a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request with the City of Rochester asking for the officer's name.
The request is pending.
A retired law enforcement officer, who is a follower and supporter of my work, contacted me to tell me that the City of Rochester and the RPD may use a very well known "stall tactic", which is deny my FOIL request, since the matter is under investigation.
This morning I called the Rochester, NY Police department's Special Operations Division, located at 261 Child St. on Rochester's west side.
This is where the RPD's Tactical and K-9 Units are located.
I was informed by the receptionist that Sgt. Greg Kelly was the K-9 unit's supervisor, and she transferred me to him.
Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Greg Kelly answers the phone, and this was the conversation:
Sgt. Kelly: Good morning Sgt. Kelly.
Me: Good morning Sgt., this is Davy Vara, and I'm calling you in regards to one of your
officers who was caught on video kicking her K-9 partner, Can you give me her
Sgt. Kelly: No I will not.
Me: Can I ask you sir, why not?
Sgt. Kelly: No you may not.
Sgt. Kelly: Have a good day Mr. Vara
RPD Sgt. Greg Kelly then hangs up the phone on me.
I will be updating this post.
Contact the Rochester, NY Police department's K-9 Unit at (585) 428-6714
or Rochester, NY Police Chief at (585) 428-7033
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