Greece, NY Police Target Motorists in Order to Meet End of Month Quota

By Davy V.

Last week when I spoke with Greece, NY Police Captain Patrick Phelan regarding the video of an African-American Olympia High School student, assaulted and arrested by Sgt. James Carris and officer Valerie Cutt, for doing nothing more than walking on a public sidewalk, Phelan, who not surprisingly justified his officers’ actions, made sure to tell me that the incident, which he blames the student for, “tied up several officers, on a very busy day.”

Phelan claimed that his officers were dispersing crowds of students, and that the student did not follow his officer’s orders to “keep walking.”

It’s interesting Greece Police Captain Phelan would say that, because Wednesday evening, at least 5 Greece, NY Police officers set up a checkpoint on the 390 North ramp, off W. Ridge Rd., which looked more like a manhunt for a fugitive.

Motorists driving onto the ramp, encountered a heavy police presence which included at least three Greece Police cruisers, and two SUV’s.

Gotta meet that end of the month quota!


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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.