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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Graffiti Artist Dies After Being Run Over by Undercover Miami Cop Michael Cadavid

                        

                                         Delbert "Demz" Rodriguez


By Davy V.

Less than 24 hours after thousands marched through Miami, Florida's Wynwood art district Friday to denounce the death of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez, a graffiti artist who was killed last year, by Miami Beach Police after being tasered, another grafiti artistic is dead, this time at the hands of Miami Police.

Friday night, just a few blocks from the protest march, undercover Miami Police officer Michael Cadavid, who is assigned to the MPD's gang unit, chased 21-year old Delbert "Demz" Rodriguez.

Cadavid then hit Rodriguez with his police cruiser, leaving the young man with serious head injuries.

Rodriguez was rushed to Miami's Jackson Memorial Hispital, where his family and friends stood vigil around him, as he lay in the intensive care unit.

Rodriguez died Monday from his injuries.

According to Miami Police, Rodriguez was hiding between two parked vehicles, then all of a sudden decided to leap in front of officer Cadavid's cruiser.

Really?

Police also said that officer Cadavid couldn't avoid hitting Rodriguez.

"The officer is devastated, and I understand the family is devastated as well," Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa told the Miami Heral, adding, "It's unfortunate that the young man tried to run from police."

Rodriguez's family and friends are not buying the Miami Police Department's story.

And neither am I.

Because it makes no sense.

You see, Rodriguez was killed during Basel week, when hundreds of artists come to the Wynwoid art district to paint murals.

So why would Miami Police deploy an undercover anti-gang unit to stop artists, not only in an art district neighborhood, but especially during a week specifically designated for artists to express themselves through their art?


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New York Grand Jury Clears NYPD Killer Cop Daniel Pantaleo in Chokehold Death of Eric Garner

      

        NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo holding Eric Garner in a department banned chokehold, 
                                           as Garner pleads, "I can't breathe!"


By Davy V.

Just one week after a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year old Michael Brown, a Staten Island, New York grand jury has decided not to indict NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo, in the chokehold death of 43-year old Eric Garner.

The July 17, 2014 incident which was captured on video, began when officer Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran of the NYPD, along with other officers, approached Eric Garner on a sidewalk, for what the NYPD says was suspicion that Garner was selling untaxed, loose cigarettes.

In the video, Eric Garner is heard telling officers, "Every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I'm tired of it. It stops today," Garner shouts. "I'm minding my business, please just leave me alone."

That's when NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo comes up from behind Garner and uses a department banned choke hold, prohibited by NYPD departmental policy since 1993.

Then, while officer Pantaleo is choking Eric Garner out, cutting off his breathing, at least three more NYPD cops grab Garner, bringing him down to the sidewalk.

Gasping for air, Garner pleads with officers, as he tells them, "I can't breathe."

Eric Garner is heard making that plea to officers. telling them he can't breathe, 11 times.

11 TIMES.

Each time officer Pantaleo ignores Garner.

The video then shows NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo pushing Eric Garner's face into the sidewalk with his hand, as Garner continues to repeat his plea to officers.

"I can't breathe,"

"I can't breathe."

Then Eric Garner goes quiet.

What we see on that video at that point is Eric Garner, a man who repeatedly pleaded with NYPD officer Pantaleo as well as other officers, that he couldn't breathe, now laying motionless on the sidewalk.

What else does the video show?

It shows that the NYPD cops refused to render any kind of medical assistance to Eric Garner.

Even an EMT is seen refusing to render aid.

NYPD officer Pantaleo and his fellow gang members accused Eric Garner of selling loose cigarettes.

Loosies.

NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo murdered Eric Garner.

All over loose cigarettes.

And the video shows it.

Not only did NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo use a chokehold which is banned by his own police force, but he used it in a situation which actually didn't call for any force.

IT WAS EXCESSIVE FORCE.

For this grand jury not to see what millions saw on the video--MURDER, and for them not indict NYPD officer Pantaleo, and have him stand trial, is DISGUSTING.

The grand jury's decision not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, just as the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, sends a clear message.

THAT POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOT ONLY ABOVE THE LAW, BUT THAT THEY CAN AND WILL CONTINUE TO KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE.

AND GET AWAY WITH IT.

don't get it.

We all saw a video of a man being choked to death.

The same video the grand jury saw.

If a grand jury refuses to indict a cop after seeing a video which shows excessive force in the form of a police department banned chokehold, and an innocent man dies as a result, then what does it take for a grand jury to hold a cop accountable?

What does it take for a grand jury to decide that a cop should stand trial?

And what good will police body cams do, if a video of a cop killing a man with a lethal chokehold is not enough to hold him accountable and force him to stand trial?

After the incident in July, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who seemed disgusted with Eric Garner's murder, had the following to say.

"I watched it the same way a family member would watch it, and it was very sad to watch," de Blasio said, referring to the video.

Wednesday afternoon, de Blasio, whose son is African-American, seemed visibly upset during an emotional news conference after the grand jury's decision not to indict Pantaleo.

"I couldn't help but immediately think of what it would mean to me to lose Dante," Mayor de Blasio said, referring to his son Dante.

Mayor de Blasio added, "We've had to talk to Dante for years about dangers he may face."

"I've had to worry over the years, Is my child safe? 

"And not just from harsh realities…crimes and violence…are they safe from the people they want to have faith in?," de Blasio said referring to police.

The grand jury's decision not to indict NYPD officer Pantaleo, immediately sparked several protests in Times Square and Staten Island.

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday night, 30 protesters had been arrested by the NYPD.

New York City Police Commisioner Bill Bratton addressed the arrests.

“If they engage in criminal activity, such as vandalism, actual crime, they will be arrested, quite simply," Bratton said, adding, "But we have the ability to have a level of tolerance--breathing room, if you will."

It's interesting you use the words "breathing room" Commisioner Bratton.

Because your officer didn't give Eric Garner any breathing room.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Woman Recounts Beating by Slain Rochester, NY Police officer Daryl Pierson, Just Days After She Had Surgery

                                  
                                         

                           Rochester, NY Police officer Daryl Pierson


By Davy V.

When Rochester, NY Police officer Daryl Pierson was shot and killed on September 3rd, after conducting a traffic stop, Rochester's LAMESTREAM news media outlets immediately branded Pierson a hero.

Within just a few hours, City of Rochester officials, including Mayor Lovely Warren, and City Councilman Adam McFadden lauded Pierson as nothing short of a martyr, who according to them, laid his life for down the community.

Denouncing Pierson's killing, Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden, a black man, or as many African-Americans in Rochester refer to him as, a "House Negro" who has NEVER denounced senseless killings of innocent blacks and Latinos, by white, trigger-happy Rochester, NY cops, went as far as getting in front of television news cameras and showed just what a sellout he truly is, when he said that Rochester's minority community should be outraged with Pierson's killing. 

Rochester Police officer Daryl Pierson worked for the RPD's Tactical Unit.

In my September 7th piece, "Rochester, NY Police officer Daryl Pierson Is No Hero", I pointed out that the Tactical Unit, is a division of the RPD known for having some of the most dirty, rogue, abusive cops, who regularly engage in racial profiling, illegal searches, warrantless home invasions, abuse, shakedowns, beatings, and who routinely violate innocent, unsuspecting minorities' civil rights.

Daryl Pierson was part of this GANG.

He was no different.

And Yaneek Brown knows this firsthand.

After undergoing gastric bypass surgery on December 23, 2011, and having spent almost a week in the hospital before being released, Yaneek developed complications from the surgery.

On January 9, 2012, her doctor ordered her to go to the emergency department at Rochester General Hospital  to have a CT scan done.

Soon after arriving at the hospital, Yaneek Brown would become the latest victim of police brutality, at the hands of yet another rogue Rochester, NY cop.

Rochester Police officer Daryl Pierson.

"It happened right in front of the parking garage window," Yaneek recalls. 

"They (parking staff) called the police after I wasn't able to pay the $3.00 parking fee."

"He (officer Pierson) had an aggressive attitude when he came into my presence," Yaneek told me.

"I tried to be as polite as I possibly could under the circumstances, I had just had major surgery and I was having complications, which is why my doctor told me to go get an emergency CT scan."

Yaneek tried to talk to officer Daryl Pierson, but it was clear he wasn't interested in listening to her.

And that's when Pierson snapped.

"Officer Pierson grabbed me and tried to throw me on the ground," Yaneek said.

"Then he kicked me, punched me, and pepper sprayed me like I was nobody."

"I remember officer Pierson telling me that he would make me lose everything."

Yaneek was then handcuffed and taken to jail, where she was treated for her injuries.

She was charged with theft of services and resisting arrest.

Although the theft of services charge was dismissed, she was found guilty of resisting arrest.

Not surprisingly, after conducting their own "investigation", the Rochester, NY Police Department's Professional Standards Section, (PSS) sent Yaneek Brown a letter stating that after concluding their "investigation" they decided the incident was "unfounded."

Another way of saying it never happened.

Even more disturbing, video footage of officer Pierson beating Yaneek Brown which was recorded by a video surveillance camera mysteriously disappeared.

So what was the RPD Professional Standard Section's explanation for that?

"The letter they sent to me saying that the incident was unfounded, also stated that the video footage from the incident was accidentally deleted," said Yaneek.

Less than three years after Rochester, NY Police officer Daryl Pierson brutalized Yaneek Brown, a black woman, over $3.00, by kicking, punching, pepper spraying, then falsely arresting her, Rochester Police officer Daryl Pierson was pronounced dead.

At the same hospital where he beat Yaneek Brown.


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Hypocritical Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren Cancels Protest Denouncing Ferguson Grand Jury Decision After Her Own Police ForceDemands That She Resign In Wake of Social Media Comments

                       

                                         Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren

By Davy V.

Fearing a political backlash from an online petition backed by members of her own police force calling for her resignation, Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren decided to cancel a protest rally denouncing the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of teen Michael Brown.
Warren's decision to cancel the protest rally, which she herself called for and organized, along with Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden, stems from the following comment which she posted to social media:
"I know that many members of our community are upset about the decision today in Ferguson. I am too. As I was thinking about how to respond, I went back to how the situation started. With a young, unarmed black man and an authority figure who had little regard for this young man's life."
"Like we did in the Trayvon Martin case, we will support a community event where we can come together peacefully and in solidarity for the life lost, and for what's right."
It didn't take long after Warren posted that comment on her facebook page, for Steve Pierson, the father of Rochester Police officer Darryl Pierson, who was shot and killed on September 3rd, while conducting a traffic stop, to publicly slam the mayor, in the following Facebook post:
"Mayor Warren, I know you have the right to freedom of speech but you are a Mayor in a city with a high crime rate for its size and you call for a peaceful demonstration. Do expect to have a peaceful march, maybe but you are elected by the people to represent the people of Rochester, NY so why would you want to form a march and protest, that is not representing the people of Rochester that is not only representing your personal opinion, you did not call for a march when my son was murdered in the line of duty, you said he was doing his job. In my opinion you should be impeached for not representing all the people."
Officer Pierson's brother, and sisters also took to Facebook to denounce Mayor Warren's post.
"How can you stand at my brother's service and be allowed to speak and read some poem. Now you want to say how you are upset about how a jury of Darren Wilson's peers chose not to indict him," Brett Pierson posted.
On Tuesday, Patty and Julie Pierson called for Mayor Warren's resignation, referring to Mayor Warren's comments as "appalling" and "disgraceful".
"To me personally, you're in an office. So yes, you have a right to your opinion, but if you cannot uphold what it best for the entire community as a whole, you should not be in an office," said Patty Pierson, adding, "I don't think Mayor Warren was representing the community as a whole. By her posts and comments on social media, she segregated the community."
Personally, I'm not at all surprised at Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's cowardice.
To give in to pressure from a corrupt police force as the Rochester Police Department is, shows what a coward Lovely Warren is.
But what can you expect from an individual who immediately labeled a slain RPD cop a "Hero", despite Rochester Police officer Darryl Pierson having a history of being a rogue, abusive cop.
(Stay tuned for my upcoming piece on Rochester Police officer Darryl Pierson.)
You see what many naive, gullible African-Americans and Latinos in Rochester don't realize is that Lovely Warren is not only a coward, but hypocrite as well.
Ever since she was elected to Rochester, City Council in 2007, I have publicly called out Lovely Warren for her refusal to speak out against, or in any way denounce, the Rochester, NY Police department racially profiling, harassing, abusing, and in some cases even murdering minorities, especially African-Americans like herself.
For the three years that Lovely Warren served on Rochester City Council she has repeatedly and consistently ignored a deeply disturbing, well established pattern of racial profiling, and civil rights violations on the part of the Rochester Police Department.
In 2010, when she was elected as Rochester City Council President, Lovely Warren continued business as usual by turning a blind eye to the Rochester Police Department's systemic pattern and practice of misconduct and corruption.
Lovely Warren has a track record of ignoring injustices and atrocities committed by members of the Rochester Police Department.
As Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren has remained silent and has done nothing when it comes to the 50-plus year call for a real civilian review board (CRB), with subpoena power to investigate incidents of abuse and misconduct by Rochester Police officers.
Lovely Warren has NEVER attended a rally, march, or protest calling for a stop to police abuse at the hands of Rochester Police officers.
When Israel "Izzy" Andino, a mentally ill young man was executed by 7 Rochester cops, Lovely Warren didn't say a word.
She didn't do anything.
Which is why it's ironic that she would call for a protest denouncing the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, 800-plus miles away from Rochester.
When Benny Warr, a disabled, one-legged amputee was pepper sprayed, thrown off his motorized scooter, and beaten by Rochester cops, all because he was waiting for a bus, and tried to tell the RPD cops that, when they insisted that he move, Lovely Warren didn't say a word.
She didn't do anything.
When Brenda Hardaway, an African-American  pregnant woman was driven into a wooden porch-railing post, punched in the head, and thrown to the ground, by a racist white RPD cop, Lovely Warren didn't say a word.
She didn't do anything.
Which is why it's ironic that she would call for a protest denouncing the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, 800-plus miles away from Rochester.
I am disgusted by yet another white cop murdering a black teen, and getting away with it.
For Mayor Lovely Warren to even think about holding a march in my hometown denouncing a disgusting incident that occurred 800 miles away, when she has NEVER held a protest, let alone said a word, about all the innocent minorities executed by trigger-happy, racist Rochester, NY cops, in her own hometown, is disgusting.
Lovely Warren is a two-faced hypocrite.
Her history of remaining silent and refusing to do anything when it comes to the out of control, corrupt Rochester, NY Police Department speaks for itself.
For Lovely Warren to call for a protest march denouncing the senseless killing of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a racist white cop with ties to the KKK, is an insult not only to Michael Brown's memory, as well as the memory of every single African-American and Latino gunned down by white prejudiced and racist trigger-happy cops.
Especially all the innocent minorities who have been murdered by trigger-happy cops in Rochester, NY.

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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)
                     CLICK ON PHOTO TO SEE ALL THREE KKK MEMBERS


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.

Yep.

'White privilege' seems more and more fitting.


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