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Sunday, August 10, 2014

(GRAPHIC VIDEO) Did NASCAR Star Tony Stewart Intentionally Run Over and Kill Kevin Ward Jr.?


Tony Stewart
By Davy V.

Its no secret that NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart has some serious anger management issues.

In March of 2013, Stewart ran over to Joey Logano after the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, and attacked Logano.

After the incident, Stewart, a three time NASCAR cup champion, who was upset that Logano had put a block on him during the race, said, "If he ever turns down across in front of me again, I don't care what lap it is, he won't make it through the other end of it."

This past June, Tony Stewart confronted Matt Kenseth, and in what many called a temper tantrum, Stewart threw his helmet onto Kenseth's hood.

Earlier, in referring to Kenseth, Tony Stewart made what is now seems to be an eerie threat.

"I’m going to run over him every chance I’ve got from now ‘til the end of the year," Stewart said.

"Every chance I’ve got."


Tony Stewart attacks Joey Logano
Now of course, it's racing, and just as in any other sport, such as my favorite, boxing, there's always trash talk, right?

Yes.

Trash talk is part of competitive sports.

However, when it comes to Tony Stewart, a disturbing incident Saturday night at a race track in Canandaigua, NY has allot of race fans disgusted.

Tony Stewart hit, ran over, and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr.

In a graphic video, posted to YouTube, which I've included below, Kevin Ward Jr. is seen losing control of his number 13 car, before hitting a wall at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

In tne video, Tony Stewart's number 14 car seems to push, or run Ward's car into the wall.


Kevin Ward Jr.
A few seconds after wiping out, Kevin Ward is seen getting out of his car, and walking onto the dirt track, pointing at cars.

One car is seen swerving to avoid hitting Ward, but then something very disturbing happens.

Tony Stewart not only revs his engine up, but instead of swerving to avoid Ward, like the other driver did, Tony Stewart actually turns towards Ward, hitting Ward, running him over, and throwing him at least 50 feet.

Kevin Ward Jr. was pronounced dead on arrival at FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, NY.

According to Ontario County, NY Sheriff Phil Povero, Tony Stewart, who is scheduled to race at the NASCAR Cheez It today afternoon, in Watkins Glen, which is about an hour away from Canandaigua, Stewart was "shaken up."

Povero said the incident is being considered an accident.

Kevin Ward Jr. lies motionless on the track at
Canandaigua Motorsports Park,
after being hit and run over by Tony Stewart.



I'm not so sure.

What I see on that video is very disturbing.

The fact that Tony Stewart accelerates, and turns his car into Kevin Ward, then hits and runs him over?

I don't think that's any accident.

Then, when you factor in Stewart's history, I truly believe Tony Stewart intentionally killed this young man.

I truly believe that in the video you are about to see, Tony Stewart intentionally ran over and killed an innocent young man, in front of shocked race fans, including young children.

And I think because of who he is, he'll get away with it.

Ontario County, NY Sheriff
Phil Povero

As an activist who has spent the past 20 plus years exposing incidents of police and official misconduct and corruption, I can tell you firsthand that Ontario County, NY Sheriff Phil Povero, and the Ontario County District Attorney's office are known to cover up and make things go away.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if they make this go away as well.

As someone who doesn't really follow racing, I am disgusted by this incident, where a young man, full of passion for racing lost his life.

At the hands of an individual who has a long history of being violent and unable to control his emotions.

I also think that the fact that Tony Stewart will still be racing Sunday afternoon, just hours after running over and killing Kevin Ward Jr., pretty much shows what kind of person he is.

When you watch the video, I want you to pay special attention to a few key things.

I want you to watch as Tony Stewart revs his engine, and then jerks his steering to the right, driving right at, into, and over Kevin Ward Jr.

And those two things, right there, is what I feel makes this intentional.

Tony Stewart knew exactly what he was doing.


Update:

Tony Stewart's Public Image Damage Control PR Campaign Begins As He Decides Not to Race at Watkins Glen.

Am I the only one calling it like I see it?

While Corporate-America run mainstream news media and sports outlets like ESPN continue to spin this disgusting incident by defending Tony Stewart, as the family of Kevin Ward Jr. begins to deal with the sad truth that their son is gone?

In a classic example of Public Image Damage Control 101, Tony Stewart has decided not to race at Watkins Glen this afternoon.

Interesting, since Tony Stewart, and his Stewart-Haas racing team were passionately adamant that he would in fact race.

Actually, Tony Stewart had every intention of still racing, just hours after hitting, running over, and killing Kevin Ward Jr.

Gotta love PR campaigns.

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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT!






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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

VIDEO: Convicted Felon Theodore "Teddy" Loria Threatens to Decapitate My 5-Year Old Daughter (UPDATED)


Theodore "Teddy" Loria
By Davy V.

Imagine this.

You get a phone call informing you that a convicted felon, and ex-con has threatened your 5-year old child.

And that the graphic, disgusting threat was captured on video surveillance.

Then, you learn that because of some third-party law where the threat was not made directly to your child, NOTHING CAN BE DONE.

That's exactly how my day began Wednesday morning, when my 5-year old daughter's mother called me and told me that a very disturbed, sick, convicted felon named Teddy Loria, who lives at 1848 North Goodman Street, in the Town of Irondequoit, NY, was captured on video (posted below) saying he was going to kill my daughter.

And that nothing could be done.

Some time this past Monday, Loria went to a Mobil gas station located at 690 Monroe Avenue in Rochester, NY.

Loria then began telling the store's manager, Justin Bainter, his plans to kill my daughter.

In the video, (posted below), which Bainter turned over to Rochester Police, Loria is seen and heard saying "When my cancer is full blown, I'm gonna catch his daughter I'm gonna cut that fucking princess's head off... (followed by inaudible talking)... "Every human being has something they like, like me, I love my dog, my dog is my world, other than my sister... I can't wait til I kill that fucking kid, and put her fucking head on the top of his car... I hate that fucking kid."

If the name Teddy Loria sounds familiar to many you who follow my work, and this blog, it should.

Loria has served several prison sentences, the latest, approximately 8 years with the New York State department of corrections.

That conviction was for criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, cocaine.

Loria used to run several drug houses/after hours locations.

One of those locations, which like the rest, doubled as a drug gate and after hours spot, was 15 Weaver Street on Rochester's east side.

Rochester, NY Police raided the location in the late 1990's, and arrested Loria.

Loria was later convicted and served approximately 8 years before being released sometime around 2009.

Word on the streets is that Teddy Loria turned snitch, and set up his own nephew, who is serving prison time, in order to reduce his own prison sentence.

In fact, many say that Loria works as confidential informant, or "C.I." 

Loria has fabricated false allegations of police brutality against the Rochester Police department, many of which he claims occurred during the times that he was arrested on narcotics charges.

Simply put, Teddy Loria is a ex-con, who has made a living, dealing poison to drug addicts, and suing the Rochester Police department and the City of Rochester, falsely accusing the RPD of police abuse and misconduct.

Unfortunately, since the City of Rochester, a corporation, often looks at lawsuits from a bottom line perspective, meaning, like any corporation, they look at what a case will cost to fight in court, they have dolled out several cash settlements to Loria, in order to save money fighting the false allegations in court.

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's an individual who lies, and alleges false claims of police brutality, and civil rights violations.

In a classic example 'the boy who cried wolf', individuals who allege false claims of police abuse, and file frivolous lawsuits, take away from real cases, and real victims of police misconduct.

And as an activist against police misconduct and corruption, I have publicly called out Teddy Loria for what he is.

A liar and a fraud.

And that's why Teddy Loria has a sick and twisted obsession with me.

Because he's a fake.

A wannabe.

And I called him out.

While this is the most disturbing threat that Teddy Loria has made to date, when it comes to me and my family, it's not the first time that he has exhibited just what a sick person he really is.

Several months ago, after I dropped my children off at their school, Teddy Loria followed me for several miles, and tried to run me off the road in his Vision Hyundai dealership security vehicle.

Loria works as a security guard at Vision Hyundai dealership located at 2525 West Henrietta Rd. in Rochester.

Teddy Loria openly brags about his being a 'made man', and of having ties to the mob.

The fact that Teddy Loria would threaten an innocent child only proves one thing.

Teddy Loria is a coward.

Real 'made men', and mafiosos don't go around threatening to kill anyone, let alone an innocent 5-year old little girl, while video surveillance cameras inside a gas station's convenience store are rolling.

Even the most hardened criminals abide by one code.

NO KIDS.

You NEVER involve children.

Even Al Pacino's character Tony Montana in one of my favorite films, Scarface, subscribes to the 'NO KIDS' code when he refuses to kill a man traveling with his children in a car.

"What do you think I am? You think I'd kill two kids and a woman? I told you no kids!", Pacino's character yells, before shooting Sosa's worker, 'Alberto' who is about to press a detonation button which would have blown up the man's car with his children and wife inside.

As for Justin Bainter, another name which will be familiar to many, as he is the same person who my work has caused to become fixated on my every move, well, something very interesting happened after Teddy Loria threatened my daughter.

Bainter wrote a blunt piece on his blog, denouncing Teddy Loria for threatening my daughter's life.

Referring to Loria's threat, Bainter writes:

"Disturbing shit right?! Now as a father myself, it took all I had in me to remain calm, and act like nothing he was saying bothered me, when in reality, even though I hate the man that Davy has become, all I wanted to do was jump the counter and beat the piss out of this little coked up midget standing in front of me threatening to kill an innocent child, a child that has no idea what her father does, a child that has absolutely nothing to do with any of this! But, I kept my cool and kept on with conversation, the whole time trying to figure out what my next move would be, I couldn’t just do nothing."

Bainter is the one who contacted my daughter's mother, and informed her of Loria's threat.

In his blog, Bainter also promised to publish the surveillance video showing Loria's threat.


UPDATE: 


Monroe County, NY 
Assistant District Attorney David Siguenza:
"It doesn't even rise to the level of harassment."

According to Monroe County, NY Assistant District Attorney David Siguenza, there is nothing Teddy Loria can be charged with.

"It doesn't even rise to the level of harassment," Siguenza told me via telephone.

"It very disturbing, I can't imagine someone saying that about my niece or nephew, but because he said this to a third party, and not directly to you or your daughter, it's actually protected under free speech," Siguenza said.


Click Play below to watch video surveillance footage of Teddy Loria threatening to kill my daughter, decapitate her head, and put it on the hood of my car.

What Teddy Loria says on the video:

"When my cancer is full blown, I'm gonna catch his daughter I'm gonna cut that fucking princess's head off... (followed by inaudible talking)... "Every human being has something they like, like me, I love my dog, my dog is my world, other than my sister... I can't wait til I kill that fucking kid, and put her fucking head on the top of his car... I hate that fucking kid."








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Monday, August 4, 2014

Rochester, NY Police officer Erin Rogers The Texting Cop, and The Right to Record (Video)


Rochester, NY Police officer Erin Rogers
By Davy V.

On May 16, 2009, just days before the birth of my daughter, I was hit by a car during Rochester, NY's Lilac Festival, and almost killed.

My head went through the car's windshield, and I was thrown in the air, landing about 40 feet away.

In addition to suffering a fractured left tibia, which required surgery and the insertion of a titanium plate, five screws, and a bone graft, I also had a badly dislocated thumb, head wound, internal bleeding, and multiple contusions.

I wasn't able to walk for nearly a year, and the physical therapy was grueling.

Perhaps even more disturbing than getting hit by a motorist who wasn't paying attention to his driving, was the fact that all this happened in front of two Rochester, NY Police officers.

Two police officers leaning on a festival barricade failing, who more interested in some meaningless conversation than in helping pedestrians cross a busy intersection.

In fact, had the two Rochester Police officers been attentive, not only to me, but to several other pedestrians! I would have never been hit by a careless driver.

Even more disgusting was what one of the Rochester Police officers said to me as I stumbled over to them for help, with only one sneaker on, and bleeding profusely.

"Dude get away from me, you're bleeding all over the place."

So, it's no surprise that if there's one thing I can't stand is when I see that a police officer who is assigned to assist pedestrians in crosswalks, is instead distracted, and not paying attention.

Enter Rochester, NY Police officer Erin Rogers, badge number 1755.

Sunday afternoon, while visiting Rochester's Park Ave. Festival, I observed officer Rogers, who was assigned to crossing pedestrians and traffic control at the intersection of Park Ave. and Culver Rd., texting.

At first I didn't think too much of it when I saw officer Rogers reach in her police shirt uniform's pocket, remove her bright pink encased cellphone, text, then insert it back in her pocket.

But then, with several festival goers waiting to cross the busy intersection, officer Rogers did it again.

She reached in her pocket, took out her phone, texted, then put it back.

Since I was leaving the festival, I continued to walk towards my vehicle.

As I walked, I just couldn't help but to think of my accident several years ago, and of all the innocent pedestrians whose lives and safety were being put at risk by Rochester Police officer Erin Rogersbeing distracted texting.

As I drove home, I decided to drive by the intersection, and I couldn't believe my eyes.

Rochester Police officer Erin Rogers was once again on her phone, texting away, as pedestrians were waiting to cross the intersection.


A distracted
Rochester, NY Police officer Erin Rogers
texting on her phone,
while pedestrians wait to cross busy street.
Officer Rogers was completely distracted.

It was then that I chose to document RPD officer Rogers' actions.

I found a parking spot a block away, and walked over to the intersection.

Then, as I stood across the street and began recording and live steaming video, something very interesting happened.

Something that reminded me just how much work there's still left to do when it comes to educating both citizens, and police officers, on the first amendment right to record.

A woman, seen in the video below, wearing a purple top, is seen looking over at me, as I was standing across the street.

The woman is then seen talking to officer Rogers, and as I would soon find out, actually complained to Rogers about my video recording.

Ironic, since the woman obviously had no idea that not only was I exercising my first amendment right to record, but even more important, I was actually documenting officer Rogers putting the woman's life, as well as the lives of every other pedestrian at risk, with her compulsive texting.

Simply put, instead of worrying about me, the woman should have been concerned with officer Rogers, the texting cop, being distracted.

What happens next, which you can see for yourself in the video below, is very interesting to say the least.

Rochester Police officer Erin Rogers approaches me and asks me what I'm recording.

Make sure you watch the look on her face when I tell her that I'm recording her.

Priceless.

Seconds later, Rochester, NY Police officer Harnischfeger, which I want to say, was very courteous and professional, walks up.

Officer Harnischfeger gets it.

He not only understands citizens' first amendment right to record, he respects it.

And that says a lot.

Especially for a police department who just two years ago made international headlines, when Rochester Police officer Mario Masic, known on the streets as "Cowboy", violated Emily Good's civil rights when he falsely arrested her for video recording Masic conducting a racially profiled traffic stop of an African-American motorist.

Good's charges were later dismissed.

As for the woman who took issue with my recording, I'd like to say this to her.

Ma'm, first of all, it's not illegal to record in public.

It's protected under the first amendment.

Furthermore, neither you ma'm, nor any other citizen, including myself, have any expectation of privacy, when out in public.

This especially applies to law enforcement, and government officials, public servants, who are paid with our tax dollars.

What's ironic ma'm is not only was I protecting your safety, by recording, and documenting RPD officers Erin Rogers texting and distracting behavior when she should have been focused on your safety, but perhaps even more ironic is the fact that on your way to the Park Ave. festival, during your stroll through the festival, and on your way home, you were captured on countless video surveillance cameras.

Both privately owned surveillance cameras (businesses), or government owned ones.

In other words, BIG BROTHER.

As for Rochester Police officer Erin Rogers, not only did her being distracted by her compulsive texting put innocent lives at risk, but the fact that she even left her post to come and ask me such a stupid question, about what I'm recording, shows that my work as an advocate for the right to record is far from over.

Had RPD officer Erin Rogers been truly educated on citizen's first amendment right to record, she would have never even approached me.

A police officer who knows the law, that he or she took a sworn oath to uphold, and who knows that citizens have the right to record, would have handled things completely different.

Once the woman complained that there was someone across the street video recording, a competent, professional, and well educated law enforcement officer would have told her, "Ma'm, that person is not committing any crime, he has the right to video record, it's protected under the first amendment."

That's what an educated and professional police officer would have done.




Click Play to watch video, pay attention as the video shows Rochester, NY Police officer distracted, texting on her cell phone.






Click Play to watch video of Rochester, NY Police officer Mario Masic arresting Emily Good for exercising her first amendment right to record.







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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dallas, Texas McDonald's Security Guard to Man Who Bought Homeless Man a Meal; "People come here to eat, they don't want to smell someone who hasn't had a shower in a week and a half."


McDonald's security guard:
"People come here to eat,
they don't want to smell someone who hasn't
had a shower in a week and a half."
By Davy V.

Does McDonald's discriminate against the homeless?

According to a disturbing video posted to Facebook, which shows what appears to be an armed McDonald's security guard at a downtown Dallas, Texas McDonald's restaurant, harassing a customer who bought a man a meal, it does.

Here's the story.

A Facebook user who goes by the name 'Ced Johnson' went in to the McDonald's restaurant located at 407 N. Lamar St., in downtown Dallas, on July 16, 2014, and buys the African-American homeless man a meal.

As Johnson hands the bag to the homeless man, a security guard who has been standing behind him the entire time, is seen and heard harassing Johnson.

"People come here to eat, they don't want to smell someone who hasn't had a shower in a week and a half," the security guard tells Johnson, adding "They don't have a problem with you buying good, they have to wait outside, we can't have them in here."

"Whose policy is that, yours, or McDonald's?" Johnson asks the security guard.

The security guard replies, "That's the store manager, the regional manager."

At the end of the video, Ced Johnson tells the security guard that he's on camera.

The security guard replies, "I'll say hello to youtube, hi youtube!"

Looks like McDonald's has some explaining to do.

Especially since McDonald's is a franchise restaurant, and therefore any employee, manager, district manager, or owner, is representing the McDonald's Corporation brand.

Interesting.

So McDonald's doesn't mind taking your money if you want to buy a homeless person a meal, so long as they remain outside.



Contact:

McDonald's 497 North Lamar St. Dallas, Texas (214) 647-1648

McDonald's Corporate Offfices (630) 623-3000



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Six Philadelphia Police Narcotics Officers Indicted On Kidnapping, Robbery, Conspiracy, Extortion, and Drug Charges


Philadelphia Police officer
Linwood Norman
By Davy V. 

The city of brotherly love is hanging its head down in shame after six Philadelphia Police officers were indicted Wednesday morning.

"I have been a police officer for more than 40 years and this is one of the worst cases of corruption that I have ever heard," said
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, after a 26-count federal indictment was announced, naming six of his officers, all of whom have been arrested and charged with among other crimes, kidnapping, drug dealing, robbery, extortion, and conspiracy.

According to the federal indictment, Philadelphia Police narcotics officers Michael Spicer, Thomas Liciardello, Linwood Norman, John Speicer, Brian Reynolds, and Perry Betts kidnapped, extorted, and robbed drug dealers between February 2006 and November of 2012.

Philadelphia Police officer
John Speiser

The six would then falsify police reports in order to cover up their actions.

At the press conference, U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said that the Philadelphia Police narcotics officers would regularly pull over vehicles of suspected drug dealers, as well as illegally enter their homes without warrants.

Once the officers gained illegal entry into the homes, they stole cash, property, and drugs, then split them among themselves.

Prosecutors credit the cooperation of Philadelphia Police narcotics officer Jeffrey Walker, who pled guilty last February to robbery, stemming from an incident last year in which he used a gun to rob a suspected drug dealer of $15,000 in cash and drugs.

Philadelphia Police officer
Michael Spicer

According to prosecutors, Philadelphia Police narcotics officer Jeffrey Walker began cooperating with them immediately after his arrest.

"Words just don't describe the degree in which this has brought discredit upon not only these individual officers, but their families, the police department, the entire city, and the profession of policing," Commossioner Ramsey said.
The six Philadelphia Police narcotics officers stole more than $500,000 in cash, drugs, and property.
There are 22 separate incidents outlined in the federal indictment.
Below are a few highlights.

October 16, 2007

Philadelphia Police narcotics officers Brian Reynolds and Thomas Liciardello, along woth officer Jeffrey Walker, stopped a vehicle and seized $30,000 from a man identified in the federal indictment as R.K.


Philadelphia Police officer
Brian Reynolds
According to the federal indictment, the three officers divided the money among themselves, then took R.K. to Philadelphia Police 5th police district where they illegally held R.K. in a cell without processing him for arrest.

It was then, while R.K. was being heldc, that the three officers went to his residence, entered without a warrant, and confiscated a safe containing $80,000, which they stole and split.

November 26, 2007 
Philadelphia Police narcotics officer Linwood Norman lifted a man, identified in the indictment as N.C., off his feet and leaned N.C. over an 18-story balcony railing while officer Thomas Liciardello, Perry Betts, John Spicer and Norman stole $8,000 in cash and property.

Philadelphia Police officer
Gary Betts

February 7, 2008 
Philadehia Police narcotics officer Thomas Liciardello and some of the other officers broke into a residence where officer Liciardello then threatened to shoot the resident, identified as J.L., in an effort to steal $16,000.
According to the federal indictment, on September 6, 2009 officer Linwood Norman and officer Walker stole several kilograms of cocaine, which they then distributed.

February 24, 2010

Philadelphia Police officers Michael Spicer punched victim J.K. in the mouth, then dangled J.K. off a balcony 35 feet off the ground while officer Liciardello, Reynolds, and Betts stole approximately $79,000 and a Calvin Klein suit.

Philadelphia Police officer
Thomas Liciardello

June 23, 2011 
Philadelphia Police officer Thomas Liciardello kicked a man, identified as W.L., in the mouth, breaking his teeth, while other Philadelphia Police officers struck the man in the groin and hit him in the back of the head with a steel bar. 

The officers then stole $34,000.

The federal indictment also outlines a long list of criminal conduct by the six Philadelphia Police officers including conspiring to violate individuals of their civil rights, RICO conspiracy, Hobbs Act ribbery, extortion, using a firearm during a violent crime, falsifying records, and posession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

If convicted, the Philadelphia Police officers face maximum sentences of 40 years to life in prison.

I just wonder how many innocent people are in prison as a result of these dirty cops setting them up.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

50 Years After Rochester, NY Riots, What's Really Changed? Nothing.


An African-American man is beaten by
Rochester, NY Police officers
during the 1964 riot.
By Davy V.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 riots in Rochester, NY.

It was in the early evening hours of Friday July 24, 1964 when Rochester Police arrested a 19-year old African-American man at a neighborhood block party.

The riot, which lasted three days, was fueled by growing tensions in the African-American community, such as police brutality (Rochester, NY Police would regularly beat blacks), public housing (Rochester, NY was the last city in New York State to implement public housing programs), and low income jobs (pretty much the only jobs available to African-Americans).


An African-American man is beaten by
New York State Troopers
during the 1964 riot.
As the riot escalated, New York State Governor Nelson Rockerfeller called out the National Guard.

The move on Rockefeller's part, would mark the first time in history where national guard troops had ever been deployed to a northern city. 

When it was all over, there were many injuries, including a Rochester Police officer who lost an eye after he was hit by a bottle, an ABC News reporter who was shot in the face, and a total of four dead, three of whom died when a helicopter conducting surveillance of the riots, crashed and burned.

Almost 1,000 people were arrested, and more than 200 stores and businesses were left looted and damaged.

So what has changed in 50 years?

Let's see.


POLICE BRUTALITY:

So, 50 years later, how is the community relations between the Rochester, NY Police department and the African-American community? 

Over the last 5 decades the Rochester, NY Police department's mistreatment of African-Americans has continued to increase, each year, worse than the previous.

In fact, the Rochester, NY Police department has a long history of abusing, and killing African-Americans.

One name that brings back horrible memories of abuse and brutality is Rochester Police detective William Mahoney.

Mahoney's nickname was "Backroom Bill", because of what he would do to suspects in the RPD's interrogation rooms.

William "Backroom Bill" Mahoney was known for beating suspects, forcing them to sign false confessions.

One of Backroom Bill's favorite torture beating tactics was to tape a phone book around a suspect's midsection using electrical tape.

Rochester Police detective William Mahoney would then strike suspects with billy clubs, and his fists, making sure to hit the phone book, so as to not leave any signs of trauma which could be easily identified as having come from a vicious beating.

One high profile case in which Mahoney was involved was that of Rochester resident Betty Tyson.

Tyson, a prostitute, was arrested by Rochester Police as a suspect in the 1974 murder of Timothy Haworth, a Philadelphia traveling businessman in town on business with Kodak, who went out at night looking for a prostitute, and was murdered.

Haworth's body was found in an alley.

Back at Rochester Police headquarters, William "Backroom Bill" Mahoney beat Tyson, and after hours of an exhausting, brutality filled interrogation, forced Tyson into signing a false confession.

Betty Tyson was sentenced to 25 years to life, and was finally released after her conviction was overturned, but not before spending 25 years in prison.

Mahoney was later convicted in Federal court of conspiracy, involving a different case.

In the years that would follow, the Rochester, NY Police department would continue a busing and killing African-Americans.

On November 11, 1975, 18 year old Denise Hawkins was running from her abusive boyfriend down a Rochester, NY street when Rochester, NY Police officer named Michael Leach shot her dead.

Leach, the son of former Rochester, NY Police Chief Delmar Leach, stated that Hawkins had a knife in her hand.

Denise Hawkins' death was met with an outcry for justice from the community in Rochester, NY for several reasons.

First, because she was an African American shot by a white police officer.

Second, because she was a woman.

Despite demands from community activists in Rochester, such as the late Rev. Raymond Graves, Rochester Police officer Michael Leach was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of Denise Hawkins, and her killing was found to be justified.

Leach, who would rise to the rank of Captain, later murdered his own, shooting him in the back.

More innocent African-Americans would later be murdered by trigger-happy, white, Rochester Police officers.

Alicia McCuller, Calvin Greene, Vandy Davis, Vandy Davis, Craig Heard, and Izzy Andino, are just some of the innocent lives taken by Rochester, NY cops.

In the case of Alicia McCuller, she was shot by Rochester Police officer Thomas L. Whitmore, and as she lay dying on the ground, gasping for air, officer Whitmore stood over her, and shot her a second time.

Calvin Greene, a mentally-ill father, was unarmed, when Rochester Police officer Gary E. Smith shot him a total of three times, killing him instantly,

Vandy Davis had gone to get furniture when he was shot and killed by Rochester, NY Police officer David Gebhardt.

Officer Gebhardt claimed that as he was entering the apartment on a drug raid, he accidentally tripped on an extension cord, and as a resume discharged his shotgun which hit Vandy Davis in the chest, killing him instantly.

Craig Heard was a 14-year old Honor Roll student who like many teenagers, made a bad decision in the company he kept.

As a result, Craig Heard took a stolen car, which a friend had stolen earlier, for a joyride on the morning of June 10, 2002.

Cornered by Rochester Police in a dead end street, a frightened, unarmed Craig Heard was executed by Rochester Police officers Hector Padgham and Serge Savitcheff, who shot young Craig twice in the head.

Izzy Andino, a mentally ill young Latino man was executed by 7 Rochester, NY Police officers on June 21, 20012, in what neighbors described as a modern day firing squad.

Andino, who was despondent and had gotten into an argument with his mother, was shot at least 12 times.

His body was left uncovered for hours on a sidewalk, while Rochester cops cracked jokes about his death.

These are just a few of tne senseless murders mintoties by tne Rochester, NY Police departnent.

In addition, in more recent years, citizens armed with video cameras and cellphones have captured disturbing videos showing Rochester, NY Police officers abusing, beating and violating citizens' civil rights.

On May 12, 2011, Emily Good was arrested by Rochester, NY Police officer Mario Masic after Good videotaped Masic and other Rochester Police officers conducting a racially profiled traffic stop of an African-American motorist.

Good's charges were later dismissed.

The video of Good's arrest went viral and put not only the Rochester, NY Police department, and the City of Rochester under an international spotlight, but also brought under a spotlight citizens' first amendment right to photograph and video record police officers.

Another disturbing video (posted below) which once again captured Rochester Police officers abusing African-Americans was that of Benny Warr, a disabled, one-legged amputee who was lifted, and thrown off his motorized wheelchair, pepper sprayed, beaten and falsely arrested by Rochester, NY Police officers Anthony Liberatore, Joseph Ferrigno, and Mitchell Stewart, while waiting for a bus.

Benny Warr,
beaten by Rochester, NY Police officers
while waiting for bus.


And even more recently, in a case which was featured on CNN News, Rochester, NY Police officer Eliud Rodriguez racially profiled, and arrested three African-American teenagers, and high school basketball players who were waiting for a bus.

And when it comes to police racial profiling, abuse, and murders of innocent African-Americans and Latinos, NOTHING will ever change until those in positions of authority force that change.

Take, for example, Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren.

Before she was Mayor, when she was elected to Rochester City Council in 2007, and then as President ob 2010, Lovely Warren has always been opposed to the 50-plus year call for a true Civilian Review Board (CRB), one with subpoena power, to oversee and investigate incidents of abuse and civil rights violations on behalf of Rochester, NY Police officers.

As Mayor, Lovely Warren continues to oppose a true CRB, instead choosing to continue a joke, which is the Center for Dispute Settlement, a City of Rochester funded agency (CONFLICT OF INTEREST?), which "investigates" allegations of police misconduct, then "presents" their "recommendation" to none other than the Rochester Police Chief himself, where then the Chief, and NO ONE ELSE, has complete control of any action.

The result?

A roundabout way to get to the same end result.

POLICE POLICING THEMSELVES.

What about low income families?

Well, Rochester, NY was recently named the Third Poorest City in the U.S.

The child poverty rate in the U.S. is 20 percent.

That means that across the U.S., 1 out of every 5 children under the age of 18 lives in poverty.

In Rochester, NY, the child poverty rate is 46 percent.

That's more than twice the national average.

Every day, thousands of low-income families, with young children, a strong concentration of which are African-American, struggle to put food on the table.

For many young children in Rochester, NY, dinner consists of a pack of high sodium, Ramen noodle soup.

Rochester's high school graduation and drop out rate is one of the worst in the country, teen pregnancy among African-American girls, remains at an alarming rate, giving an all new meaning to the term, "Babies having babies."

Hmmm... 

Seems to me that not only do the same issues, such as police race relations and poverty, which served as the catalyst for the July '64 riots, not only still exist, but are actually worse.

Frankly, I'm surprised there hasn't been another riot.

But it will happen again, no doubt.

So what's really changed in Rochester, NY over the last 50 years?

Nothing.

I wonder what Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, great civil rights leaders who are both buried in Rochester's Mt. Hope Cemetery, would say.




Click Play to watch video of Rochester, NY Police officer Mario Masic violating Emily Good's first amendment right to record police.





Click Play to watch video of Benny Warr being beaten by Rochester, NY Police officers Anthony Liberatore, Joseph Ferrigno, and Mitchell Stewart.





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