Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Despite Driving Drunk, and Felony DWI Charges after Crashing Into Expressway Barrier, and Refusing Breathalyzer, NYS Corrections Officer Christopher McPherson is "Released To His Mother."

NYS Corrections Officer Christopher McPherson

By Davy V.

A New York State Corrections officer has been charged with felony DWI after crashing his vehicle into a highway barrier.

Christopher McPherson, 30, a corrections officer at Five Points Corrections Facility in Seneca County, NY, was driving drunk Saturday morning at 2:45 a.m. on Interstate 490 near Brighton, NY when he crashed into a concrete expressway barrier.

McPherson, who has a previous DWI conviction, then refused a breathalyzer test.

Despite Christopher McPherson's prior DWI conviction, and the fact that he was charged with Felony DWI, as well as speeding and Driving Without an Ignition Interlock Device, he was released with an an appearance ticket.

Released to his mother.


His mother.

Tuesday morning I spoke with Trooper Spezio of the New York State Police Troop E headquarters on Scottsville Rd. in Rochester, NY and after asking him if Christopher McPherson had to post bail (LIKE ME OR YOU WOULD HAVE TO DO), Trooper Spezio replied, "No. He was released to his mother. He received an appearance ticket."

So let me get this straight.

An individual, who just happens to be a New York State Corrections officer puts innocent lives at risk by driving drunk, then this individual, who again, happens to be a New York State Corrections officer, crashes into an expressway barrier at 2:45 in the morning, and it's his second DWI, and he refuses a breathalyzer test, is charged with Felony DWI, but gets a break by his fellow New York State employees, the New York State Police by receiving an appearance ticket instead of jailing him and making him post bail?

On top of that the New York State Police then releases a drunk individual, a habitual offender who has more than demonstrated a complete disregard for the law and human life and who has gone as far as laughing at the fact that he was ordered by a judge to drive with an ignition interlock device, the New York State Police release this individual, a grown man, to his mother?

Risking that he get behind the wheel again?

I Yep.

The "Good Ol' Boys Club" is alive and well!


That's me on the right with my dad Mario Vara, and Judge Provenzano
when my dad became a U.S. citizen.

For the past 20 years my work has centered around exposing police misconduct and corruption.

Most recently, I exposed an Irondequoit, NY Police Detective, Jim Frascati, for posting disturbing racist posts on social media against African-Americans and Mexicans.

As a result of my exposing Detective Frascati right here on this blog, he was fired, and a 911 Deputy Director was suspended without pay after he also posted racist comments on Detective Frascati's original post.

As an activist, my goal is to put a spotlight on incidents which mainstream news media often ignores.

So why do I do this, you may ask?

Well, my story begins as the son of a Cuban immigrant, who left his homeland in search of a better life for his family.

And it's that story, my Dad's story, which I want to tell through my film, "A Promise to My Dad."

But I can't do it alone.

I need your help.

'A Promise To My Dad' is a documentary film about a promise I made to my father at his wake, after my father committed suicide.

The short film explores the life of my dad, Mario Vara  as he leaves Cuba with my mom and older brother in 1968, in search of freedom and a better life for our family.

After moving the family to Rochester, NY, my father realizes that despite the promises of freedom and liberty that a life in America can bring, the harsh reality is that there are many injustices as well.

In fact, my dad would soon face very similar 'police state' tactics, as the ones he escaped his homeland for in the first place.

"A Promise to My Dad" highlights an incident in the 1980's, when Rochester Police officers Mark Mariano and Randall Benjamin kicked down the family's door, illegally entering our home, terrorizing me and my family at gunpoint.

As a result of that incident, my dad becomes outspoken against police abuse and misconduct.

Unlike many Americans who take their rights for granted, my dad took a stand to denounce law enforcement violating U.S. citizen's civil rights.

Having lived a communist dictatorship, my dad knew all too well what it was like to live in a totalitarian police state, where simply expressing one's dislike for Castro and his government could land you in prison.

My dad was passionate in his denouncement of rogue cops abusing and violating citizen's civil rights in the U.S.

As a teen, I would tag  along with my dad accompanying him to community meetings, rallies, and marches where he, along with other citizens demanded accountability from those whose job is to serve and protect, as well as the elected officials whose job it is to keep them in check.

'A Promise To My Dad' features me telling my dad's story, including talking about my father's depression and how it led to him committing suicide in 1993, after the Rochester, NY Police Department targeted my father through a series of selective harassment and intimidation tactics. 

'A Promise to My Dad' follows me as I struggle to keep the promise I made to my dad, to continue his work against police misconduct and corruption, while at the same time trying to find my own identity as a young man, then as a father myself.

Throughout the film I will talk about my own struggles with depression, my father's suicide, and the effects that my work has brought to me and my family, including my children being stalked and receiving death threats.

One example of this came in August of 2014, when an ex-con who is known to work with Rochester Police as a paid confidential informant (C.I.) was captured on a store's surveillance video threatening to murder, and decapitate my 5-year old daughter.

Despite the video clearly showing the individual threatening to kill and decapitate an innocent child, Rochester Police and the Monroe County, NY District Attorney's office, including D.A. Sandra Doorley, refused to charge the individual.

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