Black Rochester, NY Police beats black man.
Updated Tuesday May 12, 2015
By Davy V.
Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says he sees nothing wrong with a black suspect being punched in the face, beaten, and body slammed into a hard concrete curb by a Rochester, NY Police officer on April 26, 2015.
Some of you may remember my original piece on this disturbing incident which was captured on video.
(My original piece is below)
"I can look anybody anybody in the eye and say this was proper within policy within training use of force and we're comfortable with it," Chief Ciminelli said.
According to Ciminelli, a 911 call came in for a report of a group fighting.
Ciminelli said 17-year old Darvan Harring was armed, showed police his gun, then resisted arrest and even tried to bite a police officer.
"He took his hand brought it up to his mouth and he actually bit the officer," RPD Sgt. Henry Favor said.
"The bite, you can't really see it from the video, but it caused bleeding, medical treatment.
Sgt. Favor says the video shows the 17-year old assaulting the officer.
I don't see that.
What I see is a young black man beating beaten and abused by a black cop.
A black cop who slams the young man's back so hard against the curb that he could have easily paralyzed him.
Sgt. Favor who interestingly enough, just happens to have trained the officer who is seen beating the young man, said that the suspect was trying to escape.
"He does not want to go to jail, he's trying to get away," Sgt. Favor said.
I don't see that either.
Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminelli
My original piece:
By Davy V.
A video posted on Facebook shows a Rochester, NY Police officer punching a black man in the face, then seconds later, the same officer slams the man's back against the hard and sharp edge of a cement street curb.
In the video, a woman in the background can be heard saying "That wasn't even fucking necessary " referring to the man being punched by the RPD officer.
The woman then says; "I seen it all, a black cop punched him," referring to a black Rochester Police officer who beats the black man.
Like Ice Cube said on N.W.A.'s hit song, Fuck Tha Police, "Black police showing out for the white cop,"
In the video, someone can also be heard telling the man, "Do not allow them to shoot you!"
The incident happened Saturday on Genesee Street, on Rochester's west side.
There is no more information available at this time as to why police stopped the man, who is seen handcuffed at the end of the video, being walked to a Rochester Police cruiser.
I will be updating this piece of more information becomes available.
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