Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom Executed Codi from Behind, Shooting the Scared Dog as it was Running Away

By Davy V.

Tuesday morning, exactly a week to the day that Codi, a scared, injured, lost dog was executed by Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom, while his owner Steven Jodoin Benus searched everywhere for him, Codi’s remains were finally released to Steven.

But not before Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard did everything he could in order to avoid releasing Codi’s remains.

Chief Sheppard even had the nerve to get in front of television cameras and question the fact that Steven was Codi’s owner.

Codi was just 5 months old when Steven rescued him from a home near his job on Rochester’s northeast side.

“I actually saw Codi being born, then as he grew I realized he wasn’t being taken care of. His collar was gouging his skin, he was dirty, he had fleas and worms when I got him.” said Steven.

Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom

Sheppard used the fact that Steven was not Codi’s original owner as a loophole to not have to release the remains.

To call what Sheppard did by putting a grieving owner through the red tape and uncertainty of being able to retrieve his dog, after his best friend was executed by a trigger-happy Rochester cop, an insult to injury, would be an understatement.

Why didn’t Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard want Codi’s remains released?

What didn’t Chief Sheppard want the the public to see?

What was Chief Sheppard and the Rochester, NY Police department hiding?

The answer is now clear.

Rochester, NY Police Chief Sheppard did not want Codi’s remains to be released because the fact is that Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom shot Codi from behind.

In the back of his head.

Codi was not charging anyone.

After having been struck by officer Burgstrom’s police cruiser, Codi, injured, and scared, ran onto the pier at Lake Ontario Park in Charlotte, where officer Burgstrom hunted him down, shooting the innocent pet in the back of his head as the photos clearly show.

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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.