Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Anonymous: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Has Connections to KKK


                   Photo from Anonymous shows same three KKK members (left), 
                          at a support rally for officer Darren Wilson (right)

By Davy V.

According to the Internet hacking collective group Anonymous, Ferguson, Missouri Police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, has ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

Wilson, who claimed that Brown charged at him after he stopped the teen and a friend who were walking from a nearby convenience store, shot at Brown 12 times, including a fatal shot to the head.

Despite Wilson's claims that he was in fear for his life after Brown punched him in his face several times, photos taken at the hospital show no visible injuries to Wilson's face.

Monday night, Ferguson, Missouri prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced a grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year old Michael Brown.

Within a couple of hours after the press conference, protesters took to Ferguson streets, setting police cars and buildings on fire.

Friday, Jay Syrmpoulos, a contributor for one of my favorite sites, The Free Thought Project, wrote a great piece in which he delves into the discovery by Anonymous, who claims they have evidence that ties officer Darren Wilson, and the Ferguson Police department to the Ku Klux Klan.

Check out the piece by Jay Syrmpoulos below:

Ferguson, Mo. – The hacker collective Anonymous launched #OpKKK and #HoodsOff this past week which took down, and took over, multiple klan websites and social media accounts while exposing numerous Ku Klux Klan members by making their personal information public.

In the process of outing Ku Klux Klan members, Anonymous discovered connections between the Klan and the “We Support Darren Wilson” group.
One of the Darren Wilson rallies was held in Imperial, Missouri, and was rumored to have been organized by the Klan. It’s important to note that this is also allegedly the hometown of Darren Wilson’s girlfriend and fellow Ferguson police officer Barbara Spradling.
Prior to going public with the connection between the KKK and “We Support Darren Wilson” group, the group purged many photos from the rally from their social media pages, most likely in an attempt to obscure the connections between the groups.

Click the link below to read more of Jay Syrmopoulos' piece on The Free Thought Project.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman Puts Innocent Child in Danger While Showing off His $4.5 Million Dollar Ferrari


                           Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman drives his $4.5 Million Ferarri SP12 
                                while young child sits on Colleen Wegman's lap, unrestrained.

By Davy V.

Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman loves his cars.

In fact, Danny Wegman keeps a line of high end sport and luxury vehicles, such as Porsches and Audis, parked in a secured, cordoned off area at the food chain's distribution center located on Brooks Ave. in Rochester, NY.

Last month I wrote n how Rochester, NY's ABC affiliate, 13WHAM News, ran a news story on Danny
Wegman and his brand new,  $4.5 million dollar Ferrari F12 SP America.

Here's 13WHAM's original story.

"Wegmans CEO spotted in $4 million Ferrari Updated: Thursday, October 9 2014, 12:14 PM EDT Pittsford, N.Y. - The CEO of Wegmans Food Markets has a fairly conspicuous new set of wheels. Danny Wegman was spotted last month driving a Ferrari F12 SP America in the parking lot of the Pittsford Wegmans store. This is reportedly the first time the car was seen on the road, according to GT Spirit. Wegman reportedly had the car created as a special one-off version of the F12 Berlinetta Ferrari. It is rumored to have cost somewhere between $3-4 million. The Wegman family has a net worth of more than $3 billion."

The fact that 13WHAM News ran a story of a billionaire grocery chain CEO's new toy, and made it a headline story, in Rochester, a city ranked the Third Poorest City in the U.S., where the child poverty rate is 46 percent, more than twice the national average of 20 percent, is disgusting.

It wreaks of the 1%.

Some would argue that it also wreaks of white privilege.

But the fact that Rochester's 13WHAM News would do a headline story on a white billionaire's $4.5 million dollar sports car is really no surprise.

You see, Danny Wegman is close friends with 13WHAM News Director Chuck Samuels.

Actually, Danny Wegman is close friends with several news directors at Rochester's television news stations.

Danny Wegman has lunch with them on a regular basis.

And that's also no surprise.

In fact, the Wegman family's close relationship with Rochester's Corporate-America run mainstream news media outlets, spans decades.

In the 1980's, when Danny Wegman was busted in South Florida with cocaine, his father, the late Robert Wegman, paid off Rochester's news outlets to make sure that his son's drug bust, an obvious embarrassing incident to the family name, never made the news.

When you're the CEO of a multi billion dollar empire, and your daughter Colleen Wegman is the president, all you have to do is tell local news media to jump, and they'll ask how high.

And that's exactly what 13WHAM News Director Chuck Samuels did last month when Danny Wegnan called him and probably told him something along the lines of "Hey Chuck, I just got a new toy!, Why don't you make it one of your top stories?"

And of course, Chuck Samuels did.

A couple of days ago, a gentleman who follows my blog contacted me with some very interesting information.

And a photo.

A photo of Danny Wegman in his Ferarri F12 SP.

At first, the photo of Danny Wegman driving his Ferarri, seemed just like the other photos I had already seen.

Until it hit me.

This photo was much different from the others.

Yes, just as the other photos, this one showed Danny Wegman behind the wheel, but unlike the other photos, this one showed Wegman's daughter Colleen, sitting in the passenger seat.

Sitting on Colleen Wegman's lap, a little boy.

With no seatbelt on.

Now here's my problem with this.

First and foremost obviously, is the fact that Danny Wegman, and his daughter Colleen Wegman would put an innocent child's life at risk, by taking the him on a joy ride, without safety restraint.

All for tne sake of showing off an expensive sports car.

My second issue with this is the fact that if that were me or YOU, putting a child at risk, let's just say things would go a bit different.

Perhaps the man who sent me the photo sums it up best in his email.

Especially the last sentence.

"The child I'd obviously a minor and has no seatbelt on, nor is a child on the all acceptable in New York State," the man who sent me the photo writes in his email to me.

"It's not about bashing him, (Danny Wegman), the man continues in his email, "It's about righting a wrong on the most basic level."

"You or I, or a young black single mother on welfare would be ticketed and charged with endagering the welfare of a child...thats my only point."

I wonder what speed Danny Wegman reached in his Ferarri SP12 with a little boy riding on his daughter Colleen's lap.

I don't know what's more disgusting.

The fact that Danny Wegman and his daughter Collen put an innocent child's life at risk, or the fact that none of the magazine photographers and news crews at the photo shoot stopped them.


'White privilege' seems more and more fitting.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Miami Beach Cop Threatens Man; "You're fucking with the wrong dude bro!", After Man Tells Him "God bless you."


                                         Miami Beach Police officer McLeod has a meltdown, 
                            as he threatens to arrest motorist after man tells him "God bless you."

By Davy V.
A YouTube video posted on October 27th, shows a Miami Beach cop threatening a motorist, after the man tells the officer "God bless you."
Albert Valdes, who posted the video, was pulled over by Miami Beach Police officer McLeod, for allegedly having his motorcycle's license plate bent upward.
The video begins with officer McLeod in full asshole mode, as he tells Valdes, "Have a good day, get outta my face before I decide that this might not be the best judgement that I made."
"You have a great day too," Valdes tells McLeod.
"Trust me I will," McLeod replies.
"God bless you," Valdes tells McLeod.
And that's when McLeod loses it,
"You know what, fuck it," McLeod yells at Valdes, standing just inches away from the young man's face, while holding a pair of handcuffs in his right hand.
McLeod continues hos angry verbal assault.
"I'll throw your ass in jail. "You wanna be a sarcastic bitch, I'll be a fucking bigger bitch. You're fucking with the wrong dude bro. I've been here longer than you've fucking been alive. I've put up with more shit than you can ever think of, so if you wanna test me again you'll be finding Dade County Jail real fucking  hunk dory tonight."
According to Miami Beach Police Detective Vivian Thayer, tne department has begun an in termnal affairs 'investigation' into tne incident.
Can you imagine if Albert Valdes had not video recorded the incident?
Miami Beach Police would have flat out denied it ever even happened.
Great job Mr. Valdes!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Former Caledonia, NY Police Sgt. David Witherspoon, Convicted of Drugging and Raping 18-Year Old, To be Released From Prison; DA Pushes for Level 3 Sex Offender Status


                                             CONVICTED RAPIST
              Former Caledonia, NY Police Sgt. David Witherspoon

By Davy V.
In 2004, Caledonia, NY Police Sgt. David Witherspoon slipped Ambien into an 18-year old girl's drink, drugging her.
Sgt. Witherspoon then raped the young girl.
"He made his victim physically helpless by drugging her," Livingston County, NY District Attorney Gregory McCaffrey said.
"Basically impairing her drink and then having sex with her."
Witherspoon was convicted in 2006.
Now,after having spent 8 years behind bars, former Caledonia Police Sgt. David Witherspoon is set to be released next month from State prison.
Witherspoon will be registered as a level 2 sex offender, which according to the New York State sex offender registry, is described as a medium risk to re-offend.
But Livingston County District Attirney Gregory McCaffrey says that's not good enough.
McCaffrey wants this former dirty rapist cop to be registered as a level 3 sex offender, the highest risk to re-offend,
"We just think he's a potential danger to the community and I think he should be marked as a level three, as a high risk to potentially re-offend, given the nature of his crime back in 2004."
"He made his victim physically helpless by drugging her," McCaffrey said, adding "Basically impairing her drink and then having sex with her."
As it turns out, former Caledonia Police Sgt. David Witherspoon may have raped more innocent victims.
During Sgt. Witherspoon's trial, the Livingston County District Attorney's officer received information that Sgt. Witherspoon sexually assaulted another woman.
That woman however, was so intimidated by a fear of retaliation, that she refused to cooperate.
Witherspoon is expected to return to Caledonia after his release from prison.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Greenacres, Florida Police officer Jared Nash Breaks 15-Year Old Girl's Arm in School Over Cell Phone



                   (Left)  Daniella Galindo lays in hospital room, her arm swollen from the breaks.
                                             (Right) X-rays show breaks in Daniella's arm.

By Davy V.

Less than a year after one of its police officers was arrested and charged with having unprotected sex with several women, knowing that he was HIV positive, the Greenacres, Florida Police Department is back in the spotlight.

In an exclusive story which I am breaking here on my blog, a young girl's father vows to seek justice for his daughter, after a Greenacres Police officer broke her arm.

The incident took place on Tuesday October 21, 2014 inside John I. Leonard High School.

That's where 15-year old Daniella Galindo was talking on her cell phone with her mom when Green Acres Police officer Jared Nash walked up to the teen, and asked her who she was talking to.

When Daniella replied that she was speaking with her mom, officer Nash demanded that she give him her phone.

When the teen refused, officer Nash grabbed the 4' 11", 90 pound young girl, slammed her against the wall, and twisted her arm, breaking it in two places.

Then, to add insult to injury, in the literal sense, as the young girl cried in pain with her arm broken, officer Nash pulled Daniella's arms back behind her back and  handcuffed her.

Galindo says that it was then that a school sentry named Perez told officer Nash to remove tne handcuffs.

"I want him fired," Jeremy Galindo, Daniella's father told me in a phone interview Sunday night.

"They (police) are saying that the officer's excessive force was justified because they say my daughter pulled away from him," Galindo said, adding, "So one of your officers breaks a minor's arm and you don't investigate?"

According to Jeremy Galindo, his daughter's assault by officer Jared Nash was caught on the school's video surveillance system, but school officials are refusing to release the video.

"They (school) have already admitted that there is a video, so they can't go back now and say that there isn't."

Galindo also told me that John I. Leonard High School officials never even told him what hospital his daughter had been taken to.

police officer assaulting a child inside a school, a place that's supposed to represent a safe zone and a safe haven for children, is disturbing enough, but it's what Daniella's father told me during our phone interview which makes officer Jared Nash's rogue behavior and assault of an innocent child even more disgusting.

According to Jeremy Galindo, just a few days before officer Nash broke his daighter's arm, his daughter Daniella was chased by several girls after school, who wanted to jump her.

Galindo told me that as his daughter was running, she fainted, and a passerby came to her aid.

It was that same passerby who prevented her from being assaulted by the group of girls.

Galindo says he called Greenacres Police and filed a police report to document the incident, and that according to a Green Acres Police Sergeant, officer Nash went to the school because police believed that Daniella had a video on her phone of a fight that had occurred at the school days earlier.

But Galindo says it's ironic that officer Nash assaulted his daughter, and as a result, revictimzed the young girl, who just days earlier was bullied.

"My daughter was a victim," Galindo said.

"We initiated a police report, and they (police) ended up causing more harm than anyone."

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

1 Million


                                My Dad Mario Vara, (center), myself, and Judge Provenzano 
                                                 when my Dad became a U.S. citizen.

By Davy V.

1 Million.

1 Million views.

Not bad for a little blog which began as a simple short article I wrote on knowing your rights when stopped by police.

Twenty one years ago this past July,  I made a promise to my Dad, Mario Vara, as
he lay in his casket.

I promised my Dad that I would continue his work in the fight against police misconduct and corruption, especially when it comes to the Rochester, NY Police department.

And those who know me know that I don't break promises.

My Dad, Mario Vara was a longtime community activist here in Rochester in the fight against police misconduct and corruption.

Having left Cuba in 1968, my Dad knew all too well what it was like to live in a police state where the police could do what they wanted to you, whenever they wanted.

In the early 1980's, my Dad got involved in the community, speaking out on issues such as police brutality.

As a result of my Dad's work, the Rochester, NY Police department made his life miserable.

They would harass and intimidate him every day.

In fact, it got so bad that my Dad fell into a very bad depression, slowly getting worse until he stopped being the energetic and passionate person he was.

On a Friday evening in 1993 my Dad came downstairs and told me he needed to talk to me.

I told him I would be right up.

Within a few minutes I heard a loud bang,

I ran up the stairs to see my Dad laying in a pool of blood.

My Dad had killed himself, committing suicide by shooting himself in the chest with a shotgun.

Almost twenty years later, here I am.

Exposing police misconduct and corruption.

Over the years I have been falsely arrested and beaten by members of the Rochester Police department.

Like the time in 1997, when former Rochester, NY Police officer Nick Joseph illegally broke into my home with his partner Lamar Cousins, with guns drawn, and pointed at me, assaulted me, handcuffed me, then pushed me face first against his cruiser's open door.

Turns out Nick Joseph had come to my home to retaliate against me, for my having videotaped his brother, David Joseph, now a Sgt. with the RPD's west side division, abusing a Jamaican motorist during a traffic stop.

A Federal Jury later found that RPD officer Nick Joseph violated my civil rights by beating me and falsely arresting me.

Joseph was later hired former Greece, NY Police Chief Merritt Rahn, and went to work for the GPD, when, on 2008, off duty Greece Police Sgt. Nick Joseph got behind the wheel of his brother's car, high on cocaine and alcohol and driving on interstate 390 North, in excess of 80 miles per hour, crashed into the back of a stalked Venice on the side of the interstate, rupturing a pregnant woman's placenta, forcing her to undergo emergency surgery, delivering her daughter 14 weeks premature.

Nick Joseph was convicted of aggravated vehicular assault, two counts of second-degree assault, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and first-degree perjury; as well as two misdemeanors: driving while ability impaired and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Joseph was sentenced 3 to 7 years in New York State prison.

What the Rochester, NY Police department did to my Dad, I will never forget.

Or forgive.

I hold a lot of pain inside.

When my Dad's body was being brought out in a body bag, several Rochester, NY Police officers including RPD investigator Lou Aletto laughed, as they smoked cigarettes.

I will never forget that.

I will also never forget how the first five peolle to attend my Dad's wake were RPD members.

Rochester, NY Police officer Ron Fontaine, Tom Dean, and Investigators Sal Ruvio, Vito D'Ambrosio and Vito D'April.

They were good friends of my Dad's.

They understood him.

They respected him.

They loved him.

I will never forget seeing the tears in Rochester, NY Police officer Ron Fontaine's eyes well up, as he hugged me, my brother and my mom, and told us "Mario was a good man."

I will never forget that.

My work has reached a level I never really imagined.

In the last year, this blog has reached an international audience.

Australia, Europe or Asia, people in countries I may never visit in my life are reading this blog.

If just one of those readers is inspired and motivated to get involved, to denounce police misconduct, in his or her own city or town, and to video record ANY and ALL interactions with police, then my passion and activism has not been in vain.

I'm far from being done.

In fact, despite my 20-year activisim against police misconduct and corruption, I feel as passionate as the day I started.

And there's alot more to come.

Including my film, 'A Promise to My Dad' which will chronicle my Dad's life and work including his passion and love for this country, as well as my continuation of that work, through the promise I made to him.

I want to take a moment here to thank everyone who has supported me and my work.

I can't express in words alone just how much it means to have people send me emails and messages expressing their support.

I can't express in words alone how much it means when people stop me in public simply to say thank you for what I do.

I'd like to thank my good friend Steve Maile who has always been there for me.

He's a true friend.

Thank you Steve.

I also want to thank my friend Alex Salazar, a former L.A.P.D. officer who realized that he could no longer be part of the  'Thin Blue Line' and 'Code of Silence' which police officers subscribe to, so he decided to instead dedicate his life to exposing police misconduct.

Thank you Alex.

I'd be lying if I said this is easy.

It's not.

In fact it's very lonely road.

Let's just say that over the last several years I have realized who is a friend and who never was.

A lot of people I thought truly cared about me have alienated themselves from me as a result of my activism.

I'd be lying if I said it doesn't hurt.

It does.

Some days are very dark.

But those are the days when I remember my Dad's passion to fight injustices such as police misconduct and corruption.

I miss my Dad everyday.

Even as an adult, it's amazing just how much I have needed my Dad in my life over these last 21 years.

I'd give anything to be able to see him and tell him I love him so much.

I'd give anything to be able to see him and tell him how much he meant to me and how proud I was of him.

I love you pops.

Here I am, keeping my promise to you.

I got you.

And we're just getting started.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rochester, NY Police K-9 Officer Cuyler Mooney; "I'm Doing My Job, Get Out of My Way!", After I Expose RPD Racial Profiling Traffic Stops of African-American Motorists


                                 Rochester, NY Police K-9 officer Cuyler Mooney, badge # 871

By Davy V.

Rochester, NY Police K-9 officer Cuyler Mooney, badge # 871, would have had no problem fitting right in Adolf Hiler's Nazi Germany with his 'Nothing to see here, keep it moving' Gestapo-like behavior.

Wednesday afternoon, while doing some random Copwatching on Rochester's west side, I was able to document two separate incidents of Rochester Police officers involved in racially profiling two separate black motorists.

The first occurred around 3:45 p.m., when I came across several Rochester, NY Police officers harassing an innocent African-American motorist who was getting gasoline on the corner of Bufalo Rd. and Glide Street.

As you can see in the video below (Part 1), Rochester cops surrounded the man at the gas pump, questioning the man.

Like I always tell people to do, I immediately began video recording and documenting the incident.

When the RPD cops were done harassing the motorist,  I asked Rochester, NY Police officer Matthew Klinkman, badge # 326, why he and his fellow officers questioned the man.

As you can see at the end of the video, officer Klinkman refused to answer, and drove off on me, but not before giving me his badge number, and name, after it asked him for them.

Afterwards, I interviewed the motorist, Trevor, in a short video, (Part 2 below).

The man was very appreciative that I had video recorded the incident.

Not even 10 minutes after I left that location, I came across a second traffic stop, in the 100 block of Chili Avenue, which is less than a mile from the first location.

This time a total of 5 Rochester Police cruisers had pulled over another African-American motorist.

And that's when Rochester, NY Police officer Cuyler Mooney comes in.

As you'll see in the Part 3 video below, after Rochester, NY Police officer Jason Lathrop, badge # 2039 puts his hands on me, I walk over to RPD officer Cuyler Mooney's cruiser, and officer Mooney actually helps me once again prove just how rogue and unprofessional Rochester, NY Police officers truly are.

"I'm doing my job, get out of my way!", officer Mooney yells at me, over the loud barks of his K-9 partner "Bandit", after I ask him for his badge number.

By officer Mooney's response, becoming irate when I asked him for his badge number, it is clear that  like most Rochester Police officers, officer Mooney doesn't believe that as a public servant it is not only his duty, but his obligation, to be accountable, again, to the very same individuals who pay his salary--THE TAXPAYERS.

Thank you officer Mooney.


Also be sure to check out Rochester Police Sgt. Bello's refusal to answer my questions.

But perhaps it's Rochester, NY Police officer Sir Glynn, badge # 2227 who best represents the level of immaturity, and unprofessionalism within the Rochester, NY Police department.

Check out officer Glynn, as he is unable to control his nervous laughter, towards the end of the Part 3 video.

And to think, these are the individuals entrusted to 'Serve and Protect'?






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