Rochester, NY Cops Search Black Homeless Deaf Man
By Davy V.
A woman on her lunch break says she witnessed two Rochester, NY Police officers abusing a black elderly homeless deaf man in downtown Rochester, Thursday morning.
Jennifer Boccacino, who asked me to not only publish her name, but was also very adamant that I make sure I write that she considers herself as "pro-police", told me that what she saw, has left her questioning her beliefs when it comes to law enforcement.
"They were very abusve to this man," Boccacino told me.
Here's what Boccacino emailed me after a short phone conversation.
"I was heading back to work after grabbing a lunch order, when I see a Rochester Police officer tackle an older black man. As I came to a stop for the red light at the intersection of St. Paul Blvd. and Central Ave., I reached in my purse fumbling for my phone. Unfortunately that's where the video starts, right after they tackled this man on the sidewalk. I have seen this man before, in fact I have given him a few dollars as he stands near that corner. He is homeless and he is deaf. Nothing, and I mean nothing that I saw warranted this excessive use of force on this man. As someone who has always been pro-police, im disgusted."
The 17 second video that Boccacino was able to record before the light changed, shows two Rochester, NY Police officers searching the man, who appears to be handcuffed.
A third Rochester, NY Police officer can be seen sitting inside cruiser P-09.
Calls to Rochester, NY Police officials have not been returned.
I will be updating this piece.
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