Monday, January 23, 2017

Rochester, NY City School Board Member's Husband Caught on Video Condoning Assault on Photographer, Threatening Videographer


Ricardo Adams, husband of Rochester, NY City School District Board Member Mary Adams

By Davy V.

As a veteran police accountability activist, who has marched in the streets of Rochester, NY since the 1980's with my Dad, the late Mario Vara, I'm a big advocate of the first amendment protected right to record.

Not just to record police officers.

Or public officials.


Which is why I was disgusted when I watched a video of several individuals who call themselves anarchists, and who intentionally went to an otherwise peaceful protest against Donald Trump at Washington Square Park in downtown Rochester, NY Saturday, to disrupt the rally and incite violence.

Even more disturbing was when one of the individuals, identified as 31-year old Corey Smith of Fairport, NY, dressed in black, with his face covered, punched Michael Hogan, a photographer in the back of the head, simply because he, and the others in his group, didn't want to be photographed.

Hogan's teen-age son witnessed the assault on his father.

According to Hogan, he had taken his son the People's Solidarity Rally to show him how people can peacefully assemble and let their voices be heard.

It turns out, Michael Hogan is a former Monroe County, NY Sheriff's Deputy.

That doesn't change how I feel.

Wrong is still wrong.


Photographer Michael Hogan Gets Punched from Behind by Corey Smith




In the video, which I've posted a link to below, several individuals can be heard telling photographers that they don't have permission to photograph or video record them.

Apparently these amateurs have never heard of four words:


Which basically means that if you're out in public, you have none.

And therefore are fair game to being photographed and video recorded.


It's individuals like these who ruin it for those who genuinely and passionately denounce injustices such as police misconduct and corruption.

Individuals such as these aren't interested in any real change.

The overwhelming majority are only interested in their own agendas.

I compare them to looters who take advantage of rioting, to hit the streets and steal merchandise from stores while destroying inner city neighborhoods.

In many cases, neighborhoods they don't even live in.

I don't like Trump either.

And I sure as hell don't like mainstream news media.

But that doesn't give me the right to incite violence and assault innocent people exercising their constitutional rights.

Whether that's their right to protest, or to record.

There's something else in the video which really disappointed me.

Something you'll see first right here on The Davy V. Blog.

At the end of the video, an African-American man who appears to be together with the anarchist group, is seen taunting and threatening the man video recording, while at the same time condoning the assault on the photographer.

"Who the fuck is you?", the man asks the videographer.

"Oh he wanna get punched is his fucking face."

That man is Ricardo Adams.

The husband of Rochester City School District board member Mary Adams.

I have known Ricardo Adams for a while.

In that time I've always known him to be someone who  has stood against injustices such as police abuse.

Which is why I was very disappointed not only in seeing Ricardo Adams condone the assault on a photographer, but also intimidate and in essence threaten the man video recording.


Rochester, NY City School Board Member 
Mary Adams



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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Why is Rochester, NY News Media Ignoring Former RPD Chief and Mayoral Candidate James Sheppard's Disturbing Excessive Use of Force Comments?


James Sheppard, former Rochester, NY Police Chief and Mayoral Candidate

By Davy V.

Following the announcement by former Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard to run for Rochester Mayor, several video and audio clips have surfaced where Sheppard is heard approving of police profiling citizens, condoning profiling, excessive use of force, and in one audio clip, even joking about police beating a citizen.

I have posted a link below to a video on my YouTube channel, DavyVTV which features three separate clips of James Sheppard.

The first clip is during a news conference where James Sheppard admits he supports Rochester, NY Police officers violating citizens' constitutional rights: "If you're riding a bike and it doesn't have a bell, we're gonna stop you... if it doesn't have lights, we're gonna stop you..."

In the second clip James Sheppard is being interviewed on an internet radio show when he makes a joke about police beating citizens: "Beat him!", Sheppard says.

And in the last clip, James Sheppard is heard during a community meeting on excessive use of force, after a Rochester, NY Police officer was caught on video punching a pregnant black woman in the head, and then slamming her to the ground, James Sheppard can be heard rudely  telling an audience member: "If you punch me in my face, I'm gonna punch you in yours."

I will be updating this piece.


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

As Rochester, NY Police Chief, James Sheppard Lacked Transparency, Leadership, and had No Regard for Citizens' Constitutional Rights


James Sheppard


By Davy V.

On a cold January day in 2013, Steven Jodoin Benus.
spent countless hours driving around, Rochester, NY and visiting several animal shelters, looking for his best friend Codi, who had wandered off after a day of ice fishing.



Little did Steven know what had happened to Codi.

After being dispatched to a call for a loose pitbull walking around, Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstom ran Codi down with his police cruiser, then chased the cold, scared, injured dog to a pier on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Officer Burgstrom then drove his police cruiser on the pier, got out, and executed Codi, shooting the innocent dog at close range.

Rochester, NY Police officials would later say that Codi attacked Officer Burgstrom, and that the officer had to shoot.

But there were a couple of things wrong with that story.

First, Rochester, NY Police Officer Chris Burgstrom shot Codi from behind.

In other words, as Codi was facing away from Officer Burgstrom, NOT charging him.

Second, Rochester Police Officer Chris Burgstrom shot Codi with his department issued Remington 870 shotgun, not his service weapon, meaning that before Officer Burgstrom even exited his police cruiser, he made the decision to grab his shotgun, knowing full well what his intentions were.

To execute Codi.


Rochester, NY Police Officer Chris Burgstrom

When Steven Jodoin Benus finally found out what had happened to Codi, he drove to Rochester Animal Control on Verona Street in downtown Rochester, expecting to be able to get Codi's remains, and put his best friend to rest.

Not so.

You see, at the animal control shelter, Steven was told that he could not take Codi.


Steven was told that Rochester, NY Police James Sheppard had issued an order not to release the remains.

Chief Sheppard didn't want to release Codi to his owner because he didn't want anyone to see the photos below. 


James Sheppard didn't want anyone to see what his trigger happy cop did to an innocent family pet.

Finally, after I wrote about Codi's story right here on The Davy V. Blog, about how Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard refused to allow Steven to take Codi, Chief Sheppard ordered animal control officials to rehearse the remains.

As Rochester, NY Police Chief, James Sheppard gave free range to rogue, corrupt officers who racially profiled, abused and violated citizens' civil rights.

Especially African-Americans and Latinos.

James Sheppard was known for his heavy handed police tactics, with no regard for citizens' constitutional rights.

In 2012, at a press conference where he introduced the "Zero Tolerance" policy, Chief Sheppard said:

"If you're riding a bike and it doesn't have a bell, we're gonna stop you, if it doesn't have lights, we're gonna stop you."

As Rochester, NY Police Chief, James Sheppard believed in racial profiling.

He believed and supported stop and frisk.

When he was Chief, James Sheppard lacked leadership.

He lacked transparency.

This continued after he retired from the Rochester Police Department and was elected as a Monroe County Legislator.

In 2015, Monroe County, NY Clerk Adam Bello said that James Sheppard was one of several officials who 
personally benefited from the illegal waiving of fees for him and members of his family.

Only after the story went public, did James Sheppard pay the fees.

Check out the video below and watch how James Sheppard's handlers kick me out of his press conference where he announced his run for Rochester, NY Mayor, after he evaded my question...



Entry Wound behind Codi's Head with Exit Wound above Left Eye.


Exit Wound on Codi from Rochester, NY Police Officer Chris Burgstrom Shooting him with Shotgun.



James Sheppard Evades Question (above), 
Walks Away (below)


(Below) James Sheppard's Handlers Kick Davy V. Out of Press Conference where Sheppard Announced his Candidacy for Rochester, NY Mayor




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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mall Cops Help Above the Law Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputies Avoid Accountability


Mall Cop Blocks My Camera

By Davy V.

What better way to end 2016 than with yet another video exposing the Good Ol' Boys Club above the law mentality and double standard that exists within law enforcement.

Saturday afternoon, as I was going into Marketplace Mall, in Henrietta, NY, just outside Rochester, I noticed two Monroe County, NY Sheriff cruisers illegally parked on a sidewalk, 
in a clearly marked "NO PARKING FIRE LANE" zone.


Monroe County, NY Sheriff Cruisers 2784 and 2729 Illegally Parked in "NO PARKING FIRE LANE" 

Less than 25 feet away, two empty parking spaces  designated specifically for law enforcement vehicles.

So I decided to stop by the Monroe County, NY Sheriff  substation which is located right inside the mall.


(Left to right) Monroe County, NY Sheriff Deputies Claery and Parks

That's when a Paul Blart mall cop covered my camera in an attempt to prevent me from asking Monroe 
County, NY Sheriff Deputy William Parks, and Deputy Claery about their above the law mentality, which obviously makes them feel their badge and uniform entitles them to park wherever they want.

Which as you'll see on the video, is what the Deputy Claery actually admits to me.

In essence, that they can do what they want.

Because they can.

Also important to point out is the double standard that exists when it comes to Wilmorite Properties, the company that owns all the Rochester area malls, including Marketplace Mall.

From the moment you drive onto any of Wilmorite's properties, you are under video surveillance.

When you walk into any of the four malls which Wilmorite owns in the greater Rochester area, you're under video surveillance.


One of Several Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR's) at Eastview Mall 

In fact, at Eastview Mall, in Victor, NY, just outside Rochester, and also owned by Wilmorite Prpoerties, Wilmorite allowed the Ontario County, NY Sheriff's Office to install Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR's) to scan the plate number of each and every single vehicle that goes in or or out of each of the entrances and exits of their mall.


Big Brother is watching you hard.

But Wilmorite doesn't allow video recording by its customers.



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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

City of Rochester, NY Employee Drives Backhoe Recklessly, Commits Several Traffic Violations, Refuses to I.D. Himself


City of Rochester, NY Employee who drove recklessly refused to identify himself   

By Davy V.

A City of Rochester, NY employee put innocent lives at risk Wednesday afternoon when he rolled right through a "NO TURN ON RED", texted, and talked on his cellphone, all while driving a  backhoe weighing several tons.

Calls to City of Rochester, NY Beureau of Operations Director Karen St. Aubin, were not returned.

NOTE: Karen St. Aubin is the same woman who ordered her workers to destroy a homeless tent city in Rochester, NY a couple of years ago.



I will be updating this piece.


City of Rochester, NY Beureau of Operations Director Karen St. Aubin (585) 428-6881


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Good Conversation with Rochester, NY Police Officers Ognibene and Frank


By Davy V.

Rochester, NY Police Officers Ognibene and Frank weren't on the force when members of the RPD were busy retaliating against my dad Mario Vara, an outspoken police accountability activist in the 1980's.

On July 9, 1993, after a couple of years of selected targeted harassment and intimidation by Rochester, NY cops which got so bad that my dad couldn't even walk to the corner store without being harassed, my dad committed suicide in his bedroom while me and my mom were downstairs.

Not a day goes by that I don't think of my dad.

I miss my dad every day.

The truth is I've needed my dad more as an adult, than I ever did as a child.

I guess when we're kids, we don't think that one day those we love won't be around.

So we tend to take them for granted.

Check out the video below of my conversation with Rochester, NY Police officers Ognibene and Frank, who were both pretty cool and down to earth.

Something rarely seen nowadays with cops.

The video was actually longer but got cut off when I had an incoming call.

Yep, I forgot to put my phone on airplane mode before I began recording.


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Monday, December 26, 2016

Brighton, NY Cop Drives Off After I Video Record End of Month Ticket Quota Speed Trap


Brighton, NY Police Cruiser 775 

By Davy V.

A Brighton, NY Police officer drove off on me Monday afternoon as soon as he saw me video recording a speed trap on Monroe Avenue.

The officer, driving cruiser 775, appeared to be a trainee, with a field training officer (FTO) in the passenger seat, and is apparently learning early on about the end of month ticket quota money grab revenue generating hustle.

They teach them young.

NOTE: I understand there are those (cop apologists) who will steadfastly defend police officers.

I get it.

But what those same individuals don't understand is that the overwhelming percentage of police officers and law enforcement agencies don't give two shits about protecting and serving the very same folks who pay their salaries.

In fact, nowadays law enforcement agencies are more about generating revenue and less about protecting and serving.

An ex-con turned informant was captured on a store's video surveillance system threatening to murder and decapitate my 5-year old daughter and NO law enforcement agency including the Rochester, NY Police Department, the Monroe County, NY Sheriff's Office, the New York State Police, and the Brighton, NY Police Department did anything.

In fact, even the Monroe County, NY District Attorney's Office refused to do anything.

Check out the video below.


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