Given the Rochester, NY Police department’s Long History of Misconduct and Corruption, Just What will Happen to All Those Guns Turned In?

By Davy V.

With the “Gun buy back grogram” that the Rochester, NY Police department is holding today at a Rochester church, it brings up a very important question.

Just what will happen to all those guns that people turn in?

Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard has said that all the guns would be destroyed.

I don’t trust Chief Sheppard.

Neither does most of the African-American and Latino community in Rochester, New York.

The same community who has been racially profiled, abused, set-up and in some cases even lost loved ones to trigger-happy RPD cops.

You see, the Rochester, NY Police department, as other corrupt departments thoughout the country, use a very well known tactic when setting innocent people up, primarily during a traffic stop.

It’s referred to as “Throw down dope” or “Throw down gun.”

This is how it works…

Typically, a police officer pulls over a motorist, and at some point during the stop, the officer will place that individual in the back of a police car.

Then, without consent and/or probable cause, the officer(s) will conduct an illegal search of the vehicle.

Many times, when that search turns up nothing, the officer(s) will then go in the trunk of their police cruiser, and retrieve the “throw down.”

In some cases the “throw down” may be marijuana, cocaine or a gun.

Which again, brings up the question-What will happen to all those guns people turn in?

On February 11, 2011, a police dash cam video of a traffic stop, appears to show a Utica, NY Police officer planting cocaine in a black couple’s car.

The 1 minute and 40 second long video shows the officer reaching into his back pocket and pulling out what appears to be a small plastic bag and placing it in the backseat of the vehicle.

Then, less than 30 seconds later, the same officer reaches into the vehicle and removes what appears to be the same bag, and walks away from the vehicle.

Police “throw downs” whether drugs or guns are more common than people may think.

And, given the Rochester, NY Police department’s long history of misconduct and corruption, especially with incidents such as RPD officers Rob Osipovitch and Ryan Hartley, who were caught on a City of Rochester surveillance camera committing perjury by trying to justify a racially profiled traffic stop, and lying that the motorist did not come to a full and complete stop at an intersection, when the video proved he did, is proof that the Rochester Police department can not be trusted.

RPD officers Osipovitch and Hartley later claimed to have found a weapon in the vehicle, driven by Jeramie Barideaux, who spent 4 months incarcerated, before a judge viewed the surveillance video and dismissed all charges against Barideaux after seeing that Barideaux’s vehicle did in fact come to a complete stop, and that Osipovitch and Hartley lied.

Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard refused to discipline officers Rob Osipovitch and Ryan Hartley, despite not only their lying and falsifying police reports, but also testifying in front of a grand jury, and committing perjury.

What’s to say Osipovitch and Hartley didn’t plant that “weapon”?

Perhaps to cover up and justify what they knew was an illegal stop and search of that vehicle.

And, what’s to say some, if not all of the guns turned in to the RPD’s buyback program, won’t become RPD “throw downs.”?

Video of Utica, NY Police officer pulling a bag out of his pocket and placing it in vehicle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7oenshcwPk&feature=player_embedded

 

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Davy V.

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.