FOIL Request Filed After Rochester, NY Police department Refuses to Release Name of officer Caught on Video Kicking her K-9 Partner

By Davy V.

This afternoon, I filed a FOIL (Freedom Of Information Law) request with the City of Rochester, NY, requesting the name of the Rochester, NY Police officer caught on video kicking her K-9 partner on Saturday, October 6, 2012 on Veterans Place in Rochester.

In the video, the officer, can be seen walking with her K-9 partner on her left side, when all of a sudden, she kicks the dog’s rib cage.

The kick startles the dog, who appears to be scared, as it puts its head down, and its tail between its legs.

The Rochester, NY Police department is refusing to release the name of the RPD officer who was caught on video kicking her K-9 partner over the weekend.

“At this time, the RPD is not releasing the officer’s name as it’s a personnel matter, if there is something that doesn’t follow in the standards of the RPD, then there will be some action taken. This either fits in our standard, or it doesn’t,” said RPD Public Information officer Sgt. Justin Collins.

I will updating this post.

Click link for video of Rochester, NY Police officer kicking her K-9 partner!


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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.