Rochester, NY Police officer Caught on Video Beating Pregnant Woman

Published On August 27, 2013 | By Davy V. | Uncategorized

 

By Davy V.

A video which has surfaced on YouTube shows a Rochester, NY Police officer beating a pregnant woman.

The woman is heard yelling “You’re going to kill my baby!”, seconds before the Rochester Police officer is seen driving the woman into a wooden porch railing.

The RPD officer is then seen punching the woman with a closed fist, on the right side of her head.

 

Update:

After calling Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Elena Correia, the department’s Public Information Officer (PIO), and being transferred to 5 different individuals, only to be told that Sgt. Correia is on vacation, and asked to leave a message, I was told that RPD Sgt. Hammond is filling in for Correia as PIO.

The officer I spoke with told me he had not heard of the incident, and asked me how he can look it up.

I told him to just Google “Rochester, NY Police officer Beats Pregnant Woman.”

I’m waiting to hear back from Rochester Police Sgt. Hammond.

 

Update 2:

 

By Davy V.

According to Patrick, in Rochester’s ABC affiliate, 13WHAM news channel’s newsroom, a video which is going viral showing a Rochester, NY Police officer punching a pregnant woman in the head, then throwing her on the ground, may not be real.

“Before we do anything, we’re making sure it’s a legit video”, Patrick told me, after I called the station, and didn’t identify myself.

Why?

Well, I wanted people to see what I have been saying for years, when it comes to Corporate-America run, mainstream news media, and their “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” relationship they have with law enforcement.

You see, mainstream news media depends on law enforcement when it comes to tips, leads, and overall information involving news stories.

Therefore, they are very careful when reporting anything which shows law enforcement in a negative light.

And I’d say that a video of a white Rochester, NY Police officer beating a pregnant African-American woman, punching her in her head with a closed fist, then throwing her on the ground, is not good for that relationship which Rochester’s Corporate-America run news media has with the Rochester Police department.

Check out the conversation I had with Patrick in the video above.

Notice how uninterested he actually seems in the story, despite his acting like he is.

If you ask me, I don’t even think they contacted the RPD.

 

When will Rochester, NY’s Corporate-America run, mainstream news media report on what is a clear case of excessive force?

 

Update:

 

Finally, more than 12 hours after I broke this story on my blogs, and on Copblock.org, Rochester’s Corporate-America run, mainstream news media decided to report on it, and Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard has set a 2:00 pm news conference to “address” the incident.

Although I am not in Rochester, I will be updating this post soon.

 

ROCHESTER, NY POLICE CHIEF JAMES SHEPPARD (585) 428-7033


ROCHESTER, NY MAYOR THOMAS RICHARDS (585) 428-7045

 

ROCHESTER, NY CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOVELY WARREN (585) 428-7538

 

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Davy V. is a Cuban-American Filmmaker, Video Producer, Photographer and Freelance Writer, best known for using the power of video and film to expose Police Brutality, Corruption and Misconduct.The son of the late Mario Vara, a community activist who for years fought against Police Brutality and Misconduct in Rochester, New York, Davy V. got his start in Television and Video by tagging along and working camera for his father's cable access television show, "La Voz Del Pueblo" (The Voice of The People).Davy V. later went on to produce and host "KEEP IT ON THE REEL", a cable access TV show with a mix of Hip Hop as well as issues affecting African-Americans and Latinos in Rochester, NY, such as Police Brutality and Misconduct. Some guests on the show included Treach, KayGee and Vinnie of Naughty by Nature, Method Man, Funkdoobiest, Da Youngstas, and the Rottin' Razkals.Davy V. won the U.S. ACM Video Festival Award for his Documentary, "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" about the Rochester, New York Police Department and their long history of misconduct, corruption and unnecessary killings of unarmed innocent citizens. "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" and Davy V.'s follow up, "R.P.D.: Badges of DISHONOR, CORRUPTION and MURDER!" were both screened at the National Hip Hop Political Convention at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.Davy V.'s work has been featured in publications such as THE SOURCE Hip Hop Magazine, URBAN AMERICA Magazine, The Ave. Magazine, Insider Magazine, La Voz Newspaper, Minority Reporter Newspaper, CNY LATINO Newspaper, DOWN Magazine, as well as on television news stations, and programs such as CNN and Inside Edition.In addition to his freelance writing, Davy V. also writes a monthly Op/Ed Column for LA VOZ Magazine and Minority Reporter Newspaper.In June 2012, Davy V. joined Cop Block as a regular contributor.
  • certain

    Cop is a douchebag for treating a pregnant lady that way. I fail to see the threat she posed that required him to punch her in the face, then throw her down that way. He should have just backed off and waited for the back-up to arrive.

    However, the pregnant lady fighting being arrested wasn’t doing her baby a bunch of good either.

  • certain

    A great hard-hitting investigative piece of journalism by Dav….oh wait, he got it off of You-tube.

  • Justin

    Hmmm, I do agree, the punch to the side of the head, not face, was not really needed, but served a purpose, it stunned her just long enough to get her to the ground.
    Both people were fighting back, yelling and screaming, as for the cop pushing her into the railing, no he did not, he was trying to control her and cuff her, she had at least 75 pounds on that officer, she pulled him and ran herself into that railing! If she would have done what she was told to do this wouldn’t even be here!

    The one thing I find wrong about this though is the people standing on the sidewalk yelling “white cracker! White cracker!” Now if I was standing outside with a bunch of black officers yelling “Black nigger!” What do you think would happen? I would get charged with harassment as a hate crime!

    This is bullshit! She obviously was under arrest, and fought back against the officer, therefor his actions are justified! Way to scour YouTube for another nonissue story Davy! Why don’t you educate people on how to act instead of acting like wild animals on the street!

    Oh and by the way, you can also hear the woman yelling that she is going to kill that officer, yeah that’s someone who needs to have kids. Another tax money leach!

  • Justin

    With out knowing the full circumstances of the situation how can one say who is wrong here? They could have been there for a domestic issue, or there to arrest the man on a warrant and she attacked an officer, we just don’t know. And we never will because Davy won’t update this, he always says he will, and doesn’t.

  • RochesterCitizen

    :03 in
    Officer: “Hands behind your back”
    Female: “No”
    She resisted from the start of this video, all the way through it and probably prior but we won’t ever see that. I do not agree with the method of take down around: 47 seconds in, but I understand why it was done. If she cared about her baby so much, she should’ve stopped resisting. This goes back to, if you want respect you have to earn it. As a female, I am appalled by her actions.

  • Justin

    Exactly! She acted like all she had to do was scream “I’m pregnant” and the cop would just let her go. I would bet she wasn’t even pregnant, she said 5 months, but to me she just looked fat. If you want to avoid injury, you do as directed and let police do what they are there to do, if you want to yell an threaten them, then you better be prepared to deal with your own actions and the other part of an Officers training

  • RochesterCitizen

    There probably will be an update though. It will be of the “victim” and again we won’t get the full story, which is pretty typical of davy.

  • Justin

    True. Notice how he always talks to a supervisor when it’s an incident involving him, but when something like this comes out he only has statements from the “victim” , guess his fake Press badge isn’t enough to get a statement from RPD’s information officer.

  • t

    Only thing I saw wrong was that he should have handcuffed her sooner and most likely avoided all of that.

    BTW, sure she is pregnant and not just incredibly fat? Looks fat not pregnant.

    Other than that, I guess she shouldn’t have resisted arrest.

  • steve

    I doubt the woman was pregnant.

  • steve

    Where is Al Sharpton.

  • certain

    Hey douchebag, you can delete my posts all day long, I’ll just re-post them.

    Davy is all up set by my earlier post that went something like this –

    Great piece of investigative journalism by Dav…..Oh, he got it off of youtube. LOL.

    Delete it, pal. I’m home office all day today, I have lot’s of time to re-post.

  • certain

    And she’s not pregnant.

    She’s pregnant YO.

  • certain

    I’m not sure what the difference is, but she was very explicitly saying she was pregnant YO.

  • Justin

    Hahahhaha of course he deleted mine as well! Davy you fuckin coward! What’s wrong? Are the big mean guys making you look like a moron again??? Get used to it, none of us are going anywhere!

  • steve

    If this wasn’t a Davy post it would have had credibility, however it’s just more shit from the shylark and there is no backbone to the story. It plainly shows a couple black wemon being arrested by some white cops and the hoodies are all out there screaming.The claim of being pregnant is being used , while the woman is resisting. Nobody knows why theyare being arrested. Maybe welfare fraud.This story would not be printed in any professional paper as news , because it’s bullshit.

  • Rochester Can Do Better

    I’m as saddened by the comments as I am with the video itself. The woman is clearly scared, and resists in reaction to the officers aggression. I would be scared and resisting too if I didn’t trust what was going on. Regardless of the situation, making jokes at a stranger’s documented misfortunes is dehumanizing, and some of the comments above push insensitivity to the point of racism.

    She has reason to feel uneasy: we still live in a country that is unequal – bottom line. If you aren’t aware of this, you’re an idiot.

  • Rochester Can Do Better
  • Keith

    God damn you fuckers are pathetic pussies. Again, bottom line, cops are supposed to be prepared for this. So, no matter if she said no or not, you are a pussy for sucker punching a woman, and a pathetic cop to boot. How the fuck can you see a dozen cops surround this place like a gang and not be mortified. O’yeah, you fuckers are part of the corrupt problem. Just wait for it ladies, your day of reckoning is coming. Citizens will start shooting, and you will only have yourselves to blame. Fucking cowards.

  • Justin

    lmao, wow even deleting my comments talking about deleting my comments, how pathetic are you Davy?

  • Justin

    Keith, shut the fuck up, you’re just as pathetic as Davy.

  • Justin

    You BROKE the news??? lmao!!!! You fucking trolled it off youtube!!! And you’re gonna sit here and take credit for it? What about the person that actually shot the video and put it on youtube moron? HE BROKE THE NEWS NOT YOU!! Once again taking credit for something you had nothing to do with! Just another thing for you to run your mouth about and try to get your name out there again!

    And yes the REAL news and reporters actually do some fact checking before they run a story like this….something you should learn to do!

  • Justin
  • Justin

    Check that video out, it shows her trying to grab either his mace, weapon or his crotch….He was protecting himself!!!!!!

    YEAH BITCH! LOL!

  • Keith

    Another child rapist heard from, fuck off pussy!

  • simpleton

    Christ, what a scene of total class and dignity by all parties involved. If she’s that concerned about her baby, settle the fuck down and relax, yo. Its probably not in good taste to question if she’s pregnant but seems like it could be pretty convenient in that situation. Regarding the talk with the TV station, what a joke. They want to wait until they get their facts straight. Really? When the fuck did they start doing that?

  • Justin

    Kimberly and Beck Nope we are wise to Davy lololol A woman sent this to us early this morning. She lives in the neighborhood. by the way, the judge has to throw her out of the courtroom this mornig as she was disruptive there too….idiot…the video only made her and her friends look outrageous video backfire
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    The response I got from one of our local radio station hosts….lmao! They know all about you and your lies Davy!

    Kieth, got any proof to back up claim of child rapist?? Or are you just slandering me on a public forum for no reason?

    And if I am such a pussy….why dont you come meet me, me you and Davy can go get coffee and you guys can BOTH explain Davy’s many lies i have personally disproved!

    No? not gonna happen? Damn, ok well then I guess your old ass can just fuck off and have a nice day you geriatric pussy ass photographer.

  • Justin

    Rochester Police Chief James M. Sheppard held a press conference Wednesday, in response to a video posted on YouTube titled “RPD abusing pregnant woman and her 16 year old brother.” According to Sheppard, officers responded to Seyle Terrace after reports of a fight involving five to six people Tuesday around 5 p.m. Investigators say officers encountered several people including Brenda Hardaway, 21, and her brother, Romengeno Hardaway, 16, who were both shown being arrested in the video. They say Romengeno became verbally abusive to officers and they decided to take him into custody. However, according to police, Romengeno refused to comply with officers’ orders, and that’s when Brenda took out a can of pepper spray and pointed it at the officers. Officers were able to handcuff both Romengeno and Brenda, and they were taken into custody. Officer Lucas Krull, who was seen in the YouTube video, was treated and released from Highland Hospital with minor injuries during the incident. Brenda was transported to Rochester General Hospital where she was examined and released. She has been charged with second degree assault, resisting arrest, menacing, and unlawful possession of a noxious material. Romengeno was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A review process is underway to determine whether officers complied with RPD training. RPD released the following statement in a media release: While the video may cause concern relative to the officer’s tactics, I stress that it is important that the incident be reviewed in the totality of the circumstances, and to withhold judgment until all the facts are known, including those parts of the event not shown on the video.

    Read More at: http://13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/rochester-police-address-youtube-video-4030.shtml

  • Keith

    Justin, you twerpt. I would gladly meet you, any time, any day. It’s easy being a keyboard warrior, not so much in person. Be very careful what you ask for kid, you may just get it. And if 43 is geriatric, than so be it…pussy!

  • Justin

    Bring it tough guy. I dont know how I am being a keyboard warrior, I said sit down for coffee and have a discussion.

  • Justin

    Nothing about that proof of your claim against me? hmm…

  • AmigaJoe

    Keith, Justin

    -Christ, both you guys sound about 8 years old! Put your dicks away and discuss the story why doncha…

  • Justin

    LOL Amiga, I thought I was until I was called a child rapist. Kieth is just pissed because I prove his idol Davy wrong all the time.

  • RochesterCitizen

    Hummm, where did the rest of my comments go from earlier? So much for this page supporting the first amendment right of freedom of speech.

  • Justin

    The First Amendment only applies to them obviously.

    It’s the same with Davy’s facebook and Twitter, only he should have freedom of speech, not anyone that doesnt agree with him.

  • Dunsterthaboss

    Look at you stupid morons on here, For one all the retard kept saying was IM PREGNANT! MY BABY!!! Ok just cuz the pigs pregnant dont mean she can break the law and resist arrest. its not a Get outa jail for free pass just cuz she pregnant… thats what you stupid morons dont understand. if she just put her hands behind her back and let them cuff her and didnt elbow the cow and act a fool before the video was even recording she wouldnt of been arrested…

  • certain

    LOL, this might turn out to be fun.

    GREAT FUCKING INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, DAV……..OH WAIT, THAT’S RIGHT, HE GOT IT OFF OF YOUTUBE. WHERE”D YOU GET THE FOLLOW UP REPORTS? THE EVENING NEWS? DOUCHE-BAG.

  • certain

    Don’t feel bad Justin, he deletes anybody who gets a little too close to the truth. That’s fine, I’ll just re-post my comments.

    LOL, before the thing with the log-on, he blocked my screen name completely.

  • certain

    LOL @ sompleton, yo.

  • certain

    *oops, simpleton

  • Justin

    lol even insignificant posts he’s deleting. Guess I really am getting to him. GOOD TO KNOW! fucking coward.

  • Justin

    @rochester can do better

    Scared??? Was she scared when she threatened to pepper spray the cops because they were arresting her brother? Was she scared when she elbowed the officer in the face??

    Once again, there is more to this story then the video shows, and the punch, perfectly legal.
    So you people can bitch all you want, but the simple fact is, police do things differently then you think they should, and it’s not your call to dictate how police work!

  • Common Sense

    Sorry, non-incident

  • Justin

    Here is a short video of part of what led up to the longer video, obviously whoever was recording stopped because it showed her as the aggressor!

    http://youtu.be/8154PnS7RnY

  • tlsee

    This makes me laugh.really. All the RPD was trying to do , was their job. If she was really concerned for her child she wouldn’t have resisted arrest. Any mother can you tell they would obey the officer just to make sure their baby was safe. Screaming Im pregnant I’m pregnant. Isn’t keeping your baby safe. And for all you kids out there that think there going to go to the cops house and ” talk” to him or ” show him a lesson” your all fuckin pathetic. Get a life. If you all wernt so ignorant. Just like this dumb bitch. You would clearly see that all she is trying to so is sue RPD. How convenient that you have someone video taping this entire thing. She Even says in the beginning. Tape this cause he’s going to jail. Intentions spelled right out for everyone. So ignorant. I would of done worse than hit her in the back of the head.
    You all need to wake up!!!

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    If you watch the video, the “pregnant” woman also reached for the officer’s crotch – twice. The 2nd time resulted in the focused strike to her head and her going to the ground.

  • certain

    GREAT FUCKING INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, DAV……..OH WAIT, THAT’S RIGHT, HE GOT IT OFF OF YOUTUBE. WHERE”D YOU GET THE FOLLOW UP REPORTS? THE EVENING NEWS? DOUCHE-BAG.

  • certain

    LOL, exactly the same as your entire life there, CS.

  • tlsee

    tlsee says:
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    August 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    This makes me laugh.really. All the RPD was trying to do , was their job. If she was really concerned for her child she wouldn’t have resisted arrest. Any mother can you tell they would obey the officer just to make sure their baby was safe. Screaming Im pregnant I’m pregnant. Isn’t keeping your baby safe. And for all you kids out there that think there going to go to the cops house and ” talk” to him or ” show him a lesson” your all fuckin pathetic. Get a life. If you all wernt so ignorant. Just like this dumb bitch. You would clearly see that all she is trying to so is sue RPD. How convenient that you have someone video taping this entire thing. She Even says in the beginning. Tape this cause he’s going to jail. Intentions spelled right out for everyone. So ignorant. I would of done worse than hit her in the back of the head.
    You all need to wake up!!!

  • Justin

    Just wanted to make everyone aware of some thing. Davy deleting our posts is actually not allowed by Copblock.org, unless there are specific threats or trolling, and by trolling it was explained to me as multiple posts of one character over and over making the thread unreadable.I was told they do not delete comments they do not like or disagree with.

    If Davy continues to delete your posts email [email protected] he is the one in charge of moderating posts.

    Notice all our prior posts that Davy deleted are back?

  • Common Sense

    Poor Davy. In his mind, the world will always be against him.

  • akkard

    What is this bullshit, and how come we don’t get to see what led up to the arrests?

  • trista1321

    I personally dont give a shit if anyone thinks this is right. Hitting a pregnant woman and hitting a woman in general is just wrong and makes you look like shit. I dont care if you’re a cop, if im pregnant and you’re bashing me in the head or throwing me around I will fuck you up, or one of my neighbors will. I hope these cops go the fuck to jail and rot in hell like they should be. You cops now a days think you can just do whatever the fuck you want because you got a gun and badge. Well i dont got a badge but i got a gun. I would blow your ass up if you even hiy me like that.

  • Naz

    As you can clearly see she was protecting her womb in the beginning with that hand … She said she was prego and the cop still rammed her to the railing and the ground .. Who ever thinks this wS okay is fucking sick cause if that was your mother sister or babymother y’all will be the same ones saying it was wrong and ready for blood …. And whoever said she has 75 pounds on him so what that mother fucker probably bench more than what she weighs .. There was no need for all that force .. She was protecting her womb from these races pricks .. It’s only cause she was colored woman Cause if it was a white lady y’all will be like “oh poor woman ” it would be on every fucking new station .. The officer would of got some kind if punishment !! She is black so it has to be fake .. Fuck that !! They need to so something about this situation !! And she lost her baby .. Isn’t that murder ?? Got the whole thing on camera ain’t shit happen … Now I see who the law is really here to protect