Rochester, NY Police officers Shoot former Homeless Man “Armed” with Bleach, for Not Paying Rent

By Davy V.

When they’re not busy executing innocent family pets, or racially profiling African-American and Latino motorists, Rochester, NY Police officers can be found shooting tenants for not paying their rent.

On Tuesday afternoon, several Rochester, NY Police officers accompanied a court marshal in the eviction of a tenant in the Cooper Union building, located at 119 State St., across from the Federal courthouse building.

The building, which houses 44 apartments, is run by the VOA, or Volunteers of America, a social services organization which offers transitional help to former homeless people.

When the man became upset at the fact that he was being thrown out of his home, Rochester, NY Police officers opened fire on the man, who had fallen on hard times.

According to Rochester, NY Police department public information officer Justin Collins, who had already begun the department’s ‘shooting justification spin’, the man was “armed.”

When asked my members of the media what kind of weapon the man was armed with, Collins refused to say, stating that because of an ongoing investigation, he could not say.

As it turns out, the man had a bottle of bleach in his hands.

The man, whose name has not been released was taken to Strong Hospital.

According to Collins, at least three RPD officers were treated for minor injuries.

Sounds like another incident where trigger-happy Rochester, NY Police officers overreacted, by using what should always be a last resort, deadly force, which could have very well resulted in a man’s death.

Disgustingly, Rebecca Jaffarian, a spokeswoman for the VOA, said, “Unfortunately we don’t know what’s going to set a client off in that regard, let’s hope those officers who were injured are going to be safe.”


What about your tenant?

Who could have been killed by trigger-happy, gun ho Rochester, NY Police officers?

I guess we know how Ms. Jaffarian feels about the VOA’s tenants.

This is at least the second time this month that the Rochester, NY Police department has shown just how trigger-happy their officers are.

Officers with itchy trigger fingers, who quite frankly can’t wait to unload lead on innocent victims.

On January 8th, Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom executed Codi, an innocent, scared, lost and injured family dog.

After hitting Codi with his police cruiser, Burgstrom then chased the injured dog through Charlotte Lake Ontario Park, before grabbing his shotgun and shooting the cowering Codi in the back of his head.

With the power of the Internet, I have taken Codi’s story international, having just recently finished two interviews in the UK.

I have also launched the “LAW ENFORCEMENT STOP EXECUTING OUR INNOCENT FAMILY PETS!” Movement, bringing attention to what is becoming an increasing issue of police officers executing innocent family pets, not just here in Rochester, but throughout the U.S.

I will be updating this story.

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Scene of shootingAccording to Collins, at least three RPD officers were treated for minor injuries.


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.