Rochester, NY Cop Caught on Video Punching Pregnant Woman, and Throwing her on the Ground, is Identified as RPD officer Lucas Krull

Published On August 28, 2013 | By Davy V. | Articles

 

Rochester, NY Police officer Lucas Krull

 

By Davy V.

The Rochester, NY Police officer who was caught on video driving a pregnant woman into a wooden porch bannister railing, punching her in her head, then throwing her on the ground, has been identified as RPD officer Lucas Krull.

And apparently, despite the fact that he beat a pregnant woman, and that it was captured on video, his boss, RPD Chief James Sheppard defended Krull at a 2 pm news conference held the Public Safety Building.

According to Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, Krull was just doing his job.

“The fact that she may have been pregnant or not, I do not know”, said Sheppard.

At a news conference held in the Public Safety Building, Sheppard defended Rochester Police officer punching 21-year old Brenda Hardaway on the side of her head with a closed fist.

Sheppard said the strike was part of a technique used by RPD officers.

“When we receive resistance from an individual, we may strike you in a way that changes your channel so to speak. In a way that changes your resistance.”

“Changes your channel”?

Shepard said that his officers were called to Selye Terrace on Rochester’s northwest side for a domestic dispute, and a short time later, placed Hardaway’s 16-year old brother, Romengeno Hardaway, under arrest.

Sheppard then said that Brenda Hardaway threatened officers with pepper spray.

At that point, Sheppard said, officer placed Brenda Hardaway under arrest.

RPD Chief James Sheppard, who was in full spin-mode at the press conference looked like a man in denial.

A man who knows that his officers are out of control.

A man who knows that the very same community that he so desperately wants respect from, looks at him for what he is.

A complete hypocrite and sellout.

Look, here’s the thing, was the woman resisting?

Perhaps she was.

That doesn’t justify, Rochester Police officer Lucas Krull punching her in her head, then throwing her to ground, even though she told officer Krull that she was pregnant.

Perhaps the young man who recorded the video, Henry Loggins, said it best.

“I don’t respect any man who puts his hands on a woman, and she’s a pregnant woman.”

 

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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.
  • PSOSGT

    I see a female resisting 1 officer while another subject is resisting other officers. The I see 1 officer strike the resisting woman once, then take here to the ground. Don’t see what led up to any of this.

    If she was truly concerned for her baby….why resist??? Yelling out “I’m pregnant” is like playing tag and you’ve made it to home base and you don’t have to go to jail.

  • RadicalDude

    Davy, can you update with this officer’s home address and phone number?

  • StanfordMilgram

    And can you also post pictures of his home, so we can see where he lives?

  • steve

    Hey Davy , are you pregnant to.

  • simpleton

    While I understand the purpose of posting this article, what exactly did you think RPD Chief James Sheppard was going to say? He gets paid the big bucks to stand in front of cameras when one of his tards blows a gasket.

  • t

    What did the officer do wrong?

  • Don Francisco

    Ok.

  • RadicalDude

    Fat=pregnant got it.

    Home address and phone #? You people are out of your fucking minds.

  • StanfordMilgram

    @ the fake RadicalDude:
    Says the deviant juvenile troll.

  • StanfordMilgram

    I want this cops phone number and address! I want to call him and give him a piece of my mind, or maybe stop by to discuss this matter with him personally.

  • StanfordMilgram

    Davy can you get us some shots of his house? I think posting pictures of his home would make the story more complete.

    Lucas Krull
    830 Aurora, Lancaster, NY 14086
    (716) 681-2206

  • RadicalDude

    Stanford,

    Didn’t realize you are the baby’s daddy. My bad bro.

  • StanfordMilgram

    @Faker:

    You are a troll bro, find a new hobby and grow up.

  • RadicalDude

    What like putting personal information of Police Officers online, putting their families at risk?

    Yeah, I’m the one that needs to grow up. Fucking idiot.

  • StanfordMilgram

    You can’t even make a point without resorting to childish name calling and
    vulgar ad hominems.

    Yes, you do need to grow up.

  • StanfordMilgram

    You are a troll, bro, you have about as much credibility as slappy. You can’t even post as yourself, you have to imitate someone else. I have seen your posts such as when you said “minorities are ruining the country”

    Explain that one, troll.

  • RadicalDude

    Well Stan,

    This site isn’t based on credibility at all, so what exactly is your point?

    I am posting as myself. There are hundreds of people in this country with the same name.

    It is pretty obvious who is who now.

    Oh how you cut me deep inside when you call me a troll.

    In America we speak English. I shouldn’t have to press 1 for English. That’s the language spoken here. There are Bosnians, Mexicans etc coming into this country illegally and working for next to nothing making it harder for the American people to get a decent paying job. So yes they are ruining this country.

  • Keith

    The Mexican dude that lives next door to me cuts my grass for free, so he’s kinda making it better, don’t ya think? :)

  • Jason Free 123

    MOre fucking racist bullshit from Davy V. That woman was fightin the police. She didnt’ seem to care that she was pregnant by fighting the police and breaking the law. Keep the bullshit coming racist Davy V. You and Al Sharpton should get together and butt fucker each other.

  • TheBatman518

    Wow,just wow. First of all – the very first 5 seconds he says “put your hands behind your back” and she says “NO!” EVERYONE has seen at least ONE episode of COPS and knows what happens when you resist. 2nd, she clearly out-weighed him by what 80-100 lbs? and it looked to me like they fell into the banister together (while she was resisting) and as someone has already stated – if you were TRULY worried about your unborn child, you wouldn’t resist. For crying out loud she stood up with him on her back! I think, based on other videos I’ve seen of white AND black people resisting arrest everywhere OTHER than Rochester, they were gentle with her. But your personal vendetta against the RPD is duly noted. Oh and btw Davy, perhaps if you had an OUNCE of objectivity (and could spell) you might be able to get a real “journalism job” rather than having to make shit up. I thoroughly enjoyed your “monkey” story on your blog, except I’m still looking up the word “didturbing” and “throught.”

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t take the PD side every time and I personally know from experience that “Chief Sheppard” is a LIAR. But your perspectives against ALL RPD officers are trumped up and fabricated and you know it. Just like the “girl that got knee-ed” – she KICKED THE COP for crying out loud!

    Now for the “press 1 for English” comment – this has always boggled me and is just further proof of how people DON’T USE THEIR BRAINS. First, we own a little piece of land known as “Puerto Rico” where the primary language spoken is Spanish – BUT that’s not even my point. WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE, GENIUS? Press 2 for English? so you can throw a fit that “Americans aren’t considered #1″ or listen to an entire message in Spanish til you get to the end and THEN figure out what English speaking people should press? Do you have a better idea? What? play all messages in ONLY English so your fragile ego isn’t damaged? It’s a CONVENIENCE – you get to press 1 so you can skip over all the crap you cant understand, but much like Davy V. all your ego can see is the DARK SIDE of everything.

  • steve

    Posting the cops name phone number and address was a very dangerous thing to do. Could very well cause danger to inocent family members.
    StanfordMilgram you have created a dangerous situation for inocent people, very stupid and very stupid for cop block to let this happen.
    I am not a cop lover but this has gone way to far, both copbloc and you StanfordMilgram have went to far cross the line.

  • steve

    StanfordMilgram, asshole the phone number and address you gave belong to the cops father you fucking asshole. Davy you are part responsible for this . Your both fucking useless asshole trolls.Davy i hope you get sued for this and Stanford you should be put in jail. Both of you are worthles pieces of shit.

  • Keith

    No, the person that actually posted the info is the one who is responsible. We are grown adults, at least most of us, who can make up our own minds and decisions. Don’t blame the board, or the article for someones actions, it’s like ligitimizing 9/11 by saying things like “if the u.s. government would have not backed Israel, those 3000 people would still be alive”. While possibly true, it is still 100% the responsibility of the individual or organization that did it, not the one that inspired it unless is it directly inspired, which it is not by the operators of this forum.

  • StanfordMilgram

    Steve,

    You can go fuck yourself.

  • steve

    NO FUCK YOU STANFORD AND YOU TO DAVY YOU FUCKING NAZI PIG.

  • Locke

    That was some passable concern-trolling, Stevey. Until you came unglued there. I’ll give you a C+.

    So let me get this straight. You are upset that ‘innocents’ could get hurt – But seem pretty unconcerned that a woman with child was brutalized? See any double standard there?

    Let me be plain. Lucas Krull is a monster. You punch a woman, you are scum. You lay a beating on a woman with child, and you are abominable. Period.

    Out of all the compliance techniques available – Or simply preparing and approaching the situation professionally with the correct attitude and frame of mind – He did this instead. If I were his partner, the only person who would be brought in for processing would be Lucas. I’m fun like that.

    If you are so worried about his family, why don’t you send them a heartfelt letter to run as far away from this human refuse as soon as possible. Because if he is capable of doing this to a woman carrying a little one, what would you not do?

    I’m not going to say that people who are ok with this are just as bad as Lucas… Because what he did was far, FAR beyond the pale… But it does make you woefully undeserving of any respect.

  • steve

    Get rid of Davy V. like getting rid of the crabs.

  • steve

    FUCK IT LOCKE YOU WONT GET ANYWHERE WITH ME DONT WASTE YOUR TIME. I DID NOT SAY IT WAS OK THAT HE LAMBASTED HER FOOL. HOW DO YOU KNOW SHE IS PREGNANT.

  • StanfordMilgram

    Hey steve, the comment @4:21 was made by someone pretending to be me.

  • StanfordMilgram

    “steve says:
    August 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    StanfordMilgram, asshole the phone number and address you gave belong to the cops father you fucking asshole. Davy you are part responsible for this . Your both fucking useless asshole trolls.Davy i hope you get sued for this and Stanford you should be put in jail. Both of you are worthles pieces of shit.”

    Put in jail for what? Posting information on the internet is not a crime.
    And why should Davy be sued? HE’s just reporting. Don’t get mad, bro, it’s just information.

  • StanfordMilgram

    If cops get caught on viral video doing something violent, their information goes public. Just how it is- they gave up their privacy when they became public figures. Cops are
    video stars nowadays whether they like it or not- it’s just how it is.
    It’s free speech.

  • Justin

    Brutalized? Laid a beating on a woman with child?

    I dont see any of that, I see a simple light punch to the side of the head….one that stunned her more then hurt her, she proved that by standing right back up while Officer Krull was fighting to keep her down. Locke, you can sit there and try to spin this into something ugly all you want, the simple fact is she resisted arrest, assaulted a police officer, and threatened other officers with mace. She got what anyone would have gotten in that situation. As for her being pregnant, no one has been able to verify that.

    Whats next for Davy, are we going to see him start posting videos from the TV show Cops? Because you see stuff like this on there all the time! But you never hear anyone bitching about that, do ya?

  • Robert Ekas

    I was critical of one of Davy’s previous articles wherein he made the false claim that his 1st Amendment rights were violated. I’m inclined to be critical here but I can’t. Everybody saw the events through the filter of their own lives and here’s what I saw.

    I saw a heavy female who was not complying with the orders of a law enforcement officer. I don’t know if the orders were lawful or not, I just saw a large female refusing to comply. I saw an officer struggling to control a heavy female that wasn’t complying with his orders. I saw that the officer had a reasonable amount of control, so much so that he had her arms pinned behind her and had moved her down the path, presumably towards his patrol vehicle.

    I didn’t see resistance sufficient to warrant a head strike. I ignore the takedown and the collision with the railing as consequences of the officer’s attempt to control the subject and the subject’s refusal to comply. The head strike was an excessive use of force and not needed since it didn’t do anything to assist the officer in controlling a subject he already had reasonable control of.

    As to the rest of Davy’s claims of the statements of the police chief, I’ll take them at face value because they’re statements consistent with previous institutional responses to allegations of the use of excessive force.

    At the end of the day, I don’t know why the officer decided to effect an arrest, nor do I know why the subject refused to comply. But, the evidence is compelling in demonstrating that a head strike under the circumstances was unwarranted, and, in my opinion, violated the rights of the woman being arrested.

  • Robert Ekas

    @Stanford

    As you may have already surmised I’m as much an opponent of the institution of law enforcement as one can be short of foaming at the mouth but I wouldn’t have posted the officer’s address and phone number because, at the end of the day, I generally fault the institution for corrupting the individual rather than fault the “damaged goods”. But then I don’t find fault with the mentally ill when they commit crimes either; I find fault with their illnesses.

    Don’t misunderstand, I’m not criticizing you. I’m not stating you endangered innocents as others have claimed. In fact, I think that particular criticism is BS. Quite honestly I don’t know what to think, I only know what my emotional response is and it’s summed up as LOL!

    @Steve

    You really ought to consider understanding what it means to be a Nazi before you hurl that label at Davy. To me, Davy is, for the most part, a self serving ass but he’s no Nazi. To be frank, the label “Nazi” fits you better than anyone else on this forum.

    @Batman

    You have a very moderated response. That’s not very common here.

  • StanfordMilgram

    Look, this guy is a public figure, the public should be able to call him up and leave him a message or write him and let him know what they think.
    I think when this stuff happens, people should be able to phone the cop personally and express their displeasure. There’s not much to hold cops accountable, this is just one small way to do so.

  • RadicalDude

    Stan,

    Post your home address and phone number so I can let you know what I think.

    You fucking idiot. Contacting a “public figure” while he or is not performing their public duty is called harassment. I’m with Steve on this one. It’s not only him your putting at risk it’s his wife and children.

  • RadicalDude

    Above comment by impostor

  • RadicalDude

    “RadicalDude says:
    August 30, 2013 at 5:21 am

    You fucking idiot. Contacting a “public figure” while he or is not performing their public duty is called harassment.”

    Not unless they tell you to stop calling/coming by and you keep doing it anyway. 1 phone call is not “harassment” unless it is a threatening call.

  • RadicalDude

    @ TheBatman

    The league of shadows will prevail. Gotham will be destroyed. You can’t stop it.

  • Justin

    Has anyone stopped to think for one minute that this officer is a ROCHESTER cop, and that he might not live in Lancaster anymore?? So maybe all you are doing now is violating some unknown parties privacy by posting this on here?

  • RadicalDude

    @ my retarded imposter.

    This is no different then posting a fake ad on Craigslist with a phone number listing a free boat, tv for sale etc. the smount of calls recieved equals harassment.

  • Locke

    Justin, I don’t have to spin this into something ugly. It is what it is – Embarrassingly inept work, and wildly inappropriate use of force. It is very ugly.

    The initial reaction to contact by law enforcement in a situation like this is going to be negative – that is something that can be anticipated and expected. Early deescalation steps, and the correct mind-frame when approaching the person is critical. Just leaving your ego in the vehicle is often enough to avoid a catastrophe like this.

    As for ‘resisting arrest’ – if a woman is carrying a child, and you are putting her in a position where she feels her baby is in danger – Does it seem unreasonable she would resist? Common sense would tell us she’d fight like hell. The key is avoiding the situation altogether.

    Your strongest defense is ‘well, she may not even be pregnant’. In that situation, you’d be willing to take that chance? What if you are wrong? What if she miscarried because of this? Some things cannot be fixed with “I’m sorry”. I personally could not live with that on my conscience – like anyone with any sense of empathy.

    And yeah, there is no such thing as a ‘light punch’ to the head. That is attempting to rationalize the indefensible.

  • steve

    Yes I went to far when calling Davy V. a nazi , so I must apologize for that. However StanfordMilgram is wrong the cop is not a public official that can have his phone number and address printed for the public to use . Stanford has no conception of the law protecting free speech or privacy. If something happens to his family or his home Stanford will have to face the consequences of his own deed.

  • Justin

    @Locke
    Are you a cop? Do you have family or friends that are cops? Do you know what they are trained to do in a situation like this?

    The initial reaction shouldnt be like this if you have done nothing wrong, in this case she did do something wrong, you do not threaten to pepper spray police officers. This is you trying to rationalize her reaction to the officers, and whats your defense of this? Because she’s pregnant? Since when is being pregnant a get out of trouble card??

    By your rationale here, she could have just robbed a bank and shot a teller, but because she is pregnant the officers have to approach it different then they would any other robbery???

    And call me what you will, but the simple fact is, if she had a miscarriage because of this, she has no one to blame but herself since she was the one that initiated HER contact with Police! Had she not threatened the officers, and fought with Officer Krull, we wouldnt be here talking about this.

  • RadicalDude

    “Fake RadicalDude says:
    August 30, 2013 at 10:52 am
    This is no different then posting a fake ad on Craigslist with a phone number listing a free boat, tv for sale etc. the smount of calls recieved equals harassment.”

    It is different in that people have a legitimate concern over the criminal conduct of those “public officials”. He is a public official. And you have no evidence as to how many calls this cop has received, do you?

  • RadicalDude

    “steve says:
    August 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    However StanfordMilgram is wrong the cop is not a public official that can have his phone number and address printed for the public to use . Stanford has no conception of the law protecting free speech or privacy. If something happens to his family or his home Stanford will have to face the consequences of his own deed.”

    Can you cite anything that backs up any of these 3 assertions? Or provide any argument to support them? Any facts or evidence, beyond your say-so?

  • RadicalDude

    “steve says:
    August 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    If something happens to his family or his home Stanford will have to face the consequences of his own deed.”

    So, if I look someone up in the phone book and go rob their house, it’s the phone book’s fault?

  • steve

    StanfordMilgram you are really ignorant maybe just plain stupid.Posting on the internet can have it’s consequences.

  • steve

    RadicalDude your mr. lawyer look them up your self don’t challenge me on common sense.

  • steve

    The phone book comment really has stupidity written all over it.

  • Justin

    I do believe someone has already stated that that is not his address or phone number, so now you guys have put an innocent person in the middle of all this, and for what??

    None of this affects you, do you guys even live in Rochester? Do you know this woman? Do you even know what led up to the events in the video? No, because you dont bother to look into things, nor do you have the means to really dig deeper into this because YOU DONT LIVE HERE!

    I love that I am considered the troll here, when you guys are the real trolls, you know nothing about our city or the people in it, but you feel so self righteous that you are comfortable sitting at your computer passing judgement on situations that you only get bits and pieces of by Davy….of all people, Davy Vara! Seriously! Get out, get a life and stop thinking you know everything!

  • Justin

    What would you have to say if instead of pepper spray she came after the officers with a knife, or a gun, and they reacted by the book and ordered her to drop her weapon and she stood there screaming ” But I’m Pregnant!” and charged at them and they shot her. Would you all be up in arms and bitching because they shot a pregnant woman that could have easily killed one or all of them???

  • Justin

    Life is not fair, we are all adults and we should know that by now!
    Sometimes you get yourself into situations that you shouldnt have, this is one of those! She should have stayed out of it period!
    She had no business putting herself into the middle of all this, to the point that she needed to be arrested as well!

    Watch other videos online, watch some episodes of COPS, you will see that that strike, and more like it are taught to ALL Law Enforcement, even Military! Just because a LEO strikes someone during an arrest does not mean its excessive force! Excessive force is when someone IS complying and the Officer continues to assault the individual!

    I really think most of you are on this site, and comment on these stories just because you like the drama, you like feeling like you know everything, and most of all, you actually think people give a damn about your opinion!

    All I can say is, you all might have educations, and you’re not complete dumb asses, but you’re still missing something in your life that you try to replace with this feeling of self worth by posting here!

  • RadicalDude

    Who ever called you a troll, Justin? Not me. I think your postings are legit, regardless of where we may disagree.

  • RadicalDude

    @Justin:
    I’m a high school drop out, I don’t think my “education” makes me better than anyone.

    You say she has no business inserting herself into the situation, but her brother was being attacked, from the looks of it.

    Again, I’m speculating because I don’t have all the facts. When my argument is light on facts or evidence, I try to make it clear that I’m speculating.

    When I have facts or evidence or some sort of source to back my opinions or analyses, I try to cite them so that it is clear I am not just making stuff up out of thin air. Which gets people to complain along the lines that I “Copy and paste” too much. But at least I try to show something to back my opinions and arguments, and try provide well reasoned arguments.

    And I’m not trying to say I know everything, I come here to learn new stuff. I’ve learned a bit just chatting with you.

    I put my opinions out here to get better clarity on my opinions themselves, among other reasons. I welcome people to challenge them if it is done so with a well-reasoned argument. “That’s stupid”, “everyone knows that”, “because I said so”, threats, personal attacks and such are not well-reasoned arguments. I think you have mostly been pretty reasonable on here and I appreciate your perspective.

  • RadicalDude

    @ my retarded imposter,

    Never said I had any evidence about the amount of calls you dim witted twit. Common sense would tell you that a cop hater website posting personal information about a police officer is going to result in HARRASSMENT.

  • RadicalDude

    By the same token, I do not think someone is better, smarter or “righter” than I just because they have more formal education credentials.
    There was a lawyer who came on here and tried to debate with me on another thread, and he kept going on with comments along the lines of(paraphrasing): “I’m right because I said so and I’m a lawyer and you’re not and the other lawyers I know laughed at something you said.” And that’s ALL HE HAD. He had absolutely zero well reasoned arguments. An argument(or lack thereof) stands on its own merits, the “credentials” of the speaker are beside the point.

  • RadicalDude

    “RadicalDude says:
    August 30, 2013 at 5:07 pm
    Common sense would tell you that a cop hater website posting personal information about a police officer is going to result in HARRASSMENT.”

    So you say, but beyond your say so, is there any evidence that backs your opinion? Or is your whole “argument” based on “because I said so and you’re retarded”? Is that a pretty good synopsis of your position?

  • Justin

    Davy is really the one that calls me the troll. But then again thats all he knows how to do, call people trolls and losers.

    This whole 2 RadicalDudes is confusing as hell lol.

    I admit, I have been known to fly off the handle a few times and resort to name calling and just general rudeness, not my best arguments I admit, but I am only human, and I get frustrated like everyone else.

    But what really frustrates me is I have known Davy since I was 17, I am now 35, granted I havent seen him or talked to him since I was 18, but some things never change, he is still a liar and obviously disrespectful to women, why would he post the picture of the woman’s boobs on his facebook and twitter? So knowing what I know, and proving his lies to people, and then people turning around and believing what he says is extremely frustrating. People only see what they WANT to see, regardless of truth or not.

  • RadicalDude

    @ my retarded twin,

    Your requesting evidence in support of a Davy post?

    Are you kidding me?

    I’ve stated my position and if you can’t grasp the concept then please eat a bullet.

    You put a steak in front of a lion and the lion will eat the steak.

  • RadicalDude

    Or you could go on youtube and watch your buddy Peter visiting cops wives at home while they’re gone.

  • RadicalDude

    They’re meaning the cop since people have to be so “precise” with your smart ass.