Rochester, NY Taxpayer Dollars at Work: RPD Officer Entertains Crowd at Roc City Rib Fest!

By Davy V.

How many cups can a Rochester, NY Police officer stack on his head?

I promise you it’s not a trick question.

In fact, as you can see on the photo to the right, (Click on photo) that’s exactly what a Rochester, NY Police officer did at the Roc City Rib Fest, at Charlotte beach on Saturday afternoon.

Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard told Rochester’s corporate-run, mainstream news media outlets that after several fights which broke out blocks away from Rochester’s Lilac Festival last week, the RPD would be out in force at the Roc City Ribfest.

“We want people to come to enjoy the beach, but we want people to know we are going to take care of business when we need to”, Chief Sheppard said.

What Sheppard didn’t mention was that in addition to ‘protecting and serving’,, Rochester Police officers would also be providing entertainment at the Roc Ribfest, like the officer in the photo, seen balancing a stack of cups on his head.

This is how the person who sent me the photo described the RPD officer’s ‘Cup balancing act!”

“I couldnt hear the whole convo, from what I observed, the group of young adults who were all drinking (nothing wrong with that) approached the officers saying ‘ooh, here’s cops, here’s cops, ask them!’ and they had a stack of red plastic beer cups (what the cop is attempting to balance on his head). The other officer attempted it first, but I didn’t catch that one, I was busy pulling my phone out to photograph it as soon as I saw what he was doing and the officers, flirting and giggling, stated ‘ok, but no pictures girls.’ Glad to see they beefed up security and police at these events, they are obviously hard at work.”

Yep, that pretty much says it all.

Nice to know that Chief Sheppard has things under control, and that if a gang of gun toting, knife wielding ‘gang members’ decide to crash the Roc City Rib Fest, Rochester Police officers would save the day, and protect citizens.

As soon as they take the beer cups off their heads that is.

And there you have it Rochester, NY.

Your hard earned taxpayer dollars at work!


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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.