Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Jeff Lafave: “Davy v a true Rochester pioneer against police corruption blahahahahaah!”

By Davy V.

As an activist, filmmaker, writer and blogger exposing police misconduct and corruption in my hometown of Rochester, NY, for the past 17 years, you’d think that by now, the Rochester, NY Police department would have gotten the message:


They obviously don’t get it.

On March 2, 2013, I created my facebook page “Rochester, NY Police Department Exposed”, after seeing Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard’s pathetic, desperate attempts at winning the community’s trust and respect through billboard campaigns, twitter “town halls”, and Facebook.

The response to the page was more than what I had expected, with 1.5 million views in just under a month!

But, there will always be haters, and trolls.

I’m used to that.

I expect that.

But what I’m not used to happening, and what I never expected, was for Rochester, NY Police officers themselves to be so stupid as to partake in this behavior… right on Facebook!

Take for example, Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Jeff Lafave.

After a new Facebook page was started in response to my RPD Exposed page, the page’s creator falsely accused me of “bashing” first responders.

Something which is absolutely NOT true.

Although I rarely engage in the childish back and forth of replying to comments, etc., this was one I simply could not pass up.

Because again, nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, I owe my life to first responders.

On July 18, 2012, while on vacation with my two sons, and my niece, in Miami, I nearly drowned in South Beach.

I was saved by South Beach lifeguards who are also Miami Fire and Rescue members.

I have great respect first responders.

In fact, on my blog, I extensively covered the Christmas Eve, West Webster, NY firefighter ambush, which left two first responders dead, Tomasz Kaczowka a volunteer firefighter, and Mike Chiapperini, also a firefighter with the West Webster, NY volunteer fire department.

Chiapperini was also a Lieutenant with the Webster, NY Police department.

Two more firefighters, Joel Hofstetter and Theodre Scardino were seriously injured.

I responded to the false accusations on the facebook page by leaving a comment, making it clear that in no way shape or form am I “bashing” first responders, nor is my page about “bashing” first responders.

I then went on to explain how after the West Webster, NY tragedy, I traveled more than 20 miles from my home with an incoming snowstorm, to film a candlelight vigil memorial service which was held in the town of Webster, NY because I knew that mainstream news media would only show 5 second sound bites of the service, and since this tragedy had touched me personally, like it did people all over the world, I wanted to ‘give back’ if you will, to these brave men, who responded that morning to a fire, ready to save lives, and instead ending up losing theirs.

After the vigil, I posted the entire 12 minute 50 second candlelight vigil on youtube.

I responded to the false accusations on the facebook page by leaving a comment, making it clear that in no way shape or form am I “bashing” first responders, nor is my page about “bashing” first responders.

I explained that my page is about exposing what the Rochester, NY Police department, and it’s employer, the City of Rochester, NY, does not want citizens to see… police misconduct, corruption and how the hard working taxpayers’ money is being misused.

I then posted a link to my youtube channel DavyVTV, of the video of the West Webster firefighter candlelight vigil, along with other videos I also shot of the services for these real heroes.

Later, the page’s creator posted this comment: “Well, pat yourself on the back, good job!”

I then responded to a comment which insinuated that I was spreading hate on my RPD Exposed page, again, something which is NOT true.

Here’s my response: “Again, not spreading hate. Spreading truth. Good luck. And, next time you assume things, do research on someone. You know NOTHING about me. There’s a reason for what I do. This will be my last contact with you.”

Then something interesting happened.

An individual using the Facebook user name of “Jeffrey Joseph”, whose real name is Jeff Lafave, as in Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Jeff Lafave, left the following comment:

“Thought that previous post was your last contact doosh… Go away. No one takes you seriously.. Get a job… Other than government assistance.. U perpetuating hate is only making things worse.. You say you are an activist… I say you are a gigantic joke!!!! Anyone who chooses to follow you is an ignorant lacky with low IQ.. Davy v a true rochester pioneer against police corruption blahahahahahaah!”

To which, Rochester, NY Police officer Mario Masic, yes, the same Mario Masic who arrested Emily Good after she. Idea recorded him conducting a racially profiled traffic stop of an African-American motorist, and who is an embarrassment to the Rochester, NY Police department left this comment right under Sgt. Lafave’s:


First of all officer Masic, you are the last individual, who should be laughing at Sgt. Lafave’s comment, or at anything else for that matter.

For you are an embarrassment to the Rochester, NY Police department.

Your rogue, thug tactics, bullying a woman, and violating her constitutional rights have been seen throughout the world.

You are a coward.

You are an embarrassment to every good officer, not just in the RPD, but in police agencies thought the U.S.

As for you, Sgt. Lafave, you can say what you want about me.

It will not change who I am, or what I stand for.

And that’s exposing dirty cops like you.

For the past 17-plus years I have been a voice in this community for those who you and your gang members have profiled, harassed, abused, beaten, and in some cases, even killed.

Like Patricia Thompson, the mentally-ill 54-year old woman you executed on March 3, 2006.

Your comment shows your unprofessionalism.

Your comments are in clear violation of the law enforcement Code of Ethics.

You, like officer Masic, give the Rochester, NY Police department a bad name.

You, like officer Masic, are the reason why the community does not trust, or respect the RPD.

You, like officer Masic, are the reason why I do what I do, and why the Rochester, NY Police Department Exposed page exists.

Congratulations RPD Sgt. Jeff Lafave, you’ve been selected as the official poster boy for the Rochester, NY Police Department Exposed Facebook page!


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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.