POSTED ON SATURDAY MARCH 9, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Kristen Walker and her boyfriend James had stopped at the 7 Eleven on Emerson St. near her home in Rochester, NY to buy some scratch-off lottery tickets early Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013 around 1:00 a.m.
As her boyfriend James grabbed a chocolate milk drink, he couldn't help but notice that the security guard, John, an off-duty Rochester, NY Police officer was following him in the store and staring him down.
|7 Eleven on Emerson St. in Rochester, NY
Photo by Davy V.
The couple then got into their car and started to drive back home.
As they were pulling out of the parking lot, they noticed a Rochester, NY Police cruiser at the traffic light.
As they turned left on Emerson St., the Rochester Police cruiser followed them closely behind, then a second cruiser also began to follow them.
James made a right on the corner of Emerson and Santee Streets.
That's when both Rochester Police cruisers pulled them over, in front of 189 Santee Street.
At this point, the officer on the driver's side asked James to step out of the car after having asked him for his drivers license.
Kristen rolled her window down and handed her i.d. to the officer on her side, and asked the officer, whom she described as tall, about 6' 2" with salt and pepper hair, why they had been pulled over.
The officer responded "None of your fucking business, we don't have to have a fucking reason to stop you."
"Well, to make a traffic stop you have to have a reason", Kristen said to the officer.
The officer replied "Yeah?, you smart ass little bitch, get the fuck out of the car."
Then, as Kristen went to step out, the officer grabbed her by her arm, twisting it behind her back.
At this time, Kristen told the officer that she suffered from PTSD as a result of having been raped in 2007, and that she did not feel comfortable with the officer grabbing her like that.
The officer laughed.
The second officer, then grabbed Kristen on her left side, and they both walked her over to the back of the cruiser, and slammed her head on the trunk.
"I yelled at them like what are you doing, and they told me to shut the fuck up", said Kristen.
"I have freedom of speech", Kristen said to the officers, to which one of the officers replied 'Well, your freedom of speech is about to have your freedom taken from you.'
During this entire time, Kristen had her cell phone in her hands, as her goal was to try to record what they were doing to her.
One of the officers took Kristen's phone away from her and handcuffed her.
Then, instead of calling a female officer to search Kristen, as is standard protocol, and despite her Kristen having told the officers about her PTSD as a result of being raped, both male officers conducted a pat down search of Kristen, even sticking their hands in her pockets.
"They never touched my crotch area or anything, but I felt very uncomfortable with them patting me down, and not having had a female officer search me", Kristen told me via phone.
Still not knowing why she and her boyfriend James had been pulled over, Kristen was then placed in the back of an RPD cruiser, but not before one of the officers told Kristen "I should beat the fuck out of you."
|Santee and Curtis Streets, where RPD officers
pulled Kristen and her boyfriend over.
Photo by Davy V.
The officer then pointed his pepper spray canister at Kristen's face as if he were going to spray her, but didn't, then closed the door.
Kristen then saw the second officer, whom Kristen describes as shorter, chunky, and also having salt and pepper hair, but longer than the first officer, going through her phone, while the first officer flipped her the finger through the rear window of the cruiser.
Then, when one of the officers walked around, and opened the front passenger door of the police cruiser, Kristen asked him for his name and badge number and the officer replied "Blow me."
"Blow you huh?", Kristen said to the officer.
"Then he replied 'Yep, blow me you little whore', and he closed the door", said Kristen.
Shortly after, Kristen noticed an African-American female officer who had arrived on the scene, she describes the officer as being someway short in height, in her 20's or early 30's and having her hair in micro-braids, pulled back as in a bun.
"The female officer then walked by the car I was in, looked inside and said 'Aw, look at the little baby crying.', said Kristen.
Kristen then recalls a different male RPD officer entering the car she was in and telling her to calm down.
"I asked him what was going on but he wouldn't answer me, he asked me why was I so upset and I told him about my PTSD, I even told him that I thought that police officers are supposed to be held to a higher standard, and he said 'yes we are but I can't say anything, because I wasn't there.'
"The officer told me to take deep breaths, and he said he would be back in a few minutes, then he stepped out of the car", said Kristen.
"He returned and I asked him once again what was going on and the officer says to me that I had reached under my seat which I told him was not true, then he says to me 'Here's the deal, we're going to let you go' I then told him that I wanted their names and badge numbers, and he says 'If you get their names and badge numbers you're either going to jail for disorderly conduct or they'll take you to the hospital for a mental health arrest.'
"The officer told me that I wouldn't have to deal with the officers anymore, he said to me 'I will take you out of the car and I will take the handcuffs off of you and once I do you are to walk around the police car and not say anything and get in your car and leave', so I did exactly what he told me."
Kristen's boyfriend James was also released and when they got home, Kristen called 911 and asked for supervisor.
A while later, a Sergeant called back and it was then, that Kristen finally learned why she and her boyfriend had been pulled over.
It turns out the Sgt. told Kristen that when she and her boyfriend were at the 7 Eleven, the security guard, who again, is an off-duty Rochester Police officer, made a call to 911 after he thought it was suspicious that Kristen and her boyfriend had what he referred to as a "massive amount of cash on them."
Kristen could not believe it.
She explained to the Sgt. that the money that she and her boyfriend had was their tax returns and she asked the Sgt. was it against the law to have alot of money.
The Sgt. replied that it was not, but repeated that they had to follow up because there was a call made.
Kristen asked the Sgt. for the officers' names, but the Sgt. refused to give them to her.
The Sgt. then began to bombard Kristen with questions including her date of birth, Kristen responded by telling the Sgt. that she was done answering questions and reminded him that it was she who had called him to get the names and badge numbers of the officers.
The Sgt. hung up on Kristen.
And so, Kristen, an innocent woman who serves in the National Guard, who spent several weeks in New York City helping with the relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy, a woman who was raped, is referred to as a whore, and is told to "blow" a dirty, rogue cop, who along with his fellow officers, including a woman officer, violated her rights, laughed at her when she told them she suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as a result of having been raped, called her all kinds of names, then in essence, threaten her by telling her that if she continues to ask for the names and badge numbers of these rogue cops, she will be arrested.
After contacting Rochester, NY City officials, I was informed that they will not be releasing the names of the officers pending an internal affairs investigation.
Contact Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard at (585) 428-7033
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