Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, a Two-Faced Hypocrite, Marches in Puerto Rican Festival Parade

By Davy V.

On June 21, 2012, shortly after ordering his officers to confiscate a grocery store’s surveillance video, and force the store’s owner to close his business, Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard called the shooting, and killing of Israel “Izzy” Andino, a mentally-ill Puerto Rican young man, by 7 Rochester Police officers, justified.

Neighbors on Locust Street, in Rochester’s northwest side, described Andino’s killing as a modern-day execution.

Witnesses said Rochester Police Sgt. Aaron Colletti, Sgt. Mike Nicholls, Officer Antonio Gonzalez, Officer Brian Cala, Officer Greg Karnes, Officer Onasis Socol, and Officer Eluid Rodriguez ALL opened fire on Israel Andino, killing him instantly.

Several neighborhood residents outraged over Andino’s killing insisted that the video footage Rochester Police confiscated would have shown that officers had plenty of opportunities to disarm Andino, whom neighbors say was carrying a BB rifle, not a shotgun like police claimed.

On Saturday, August 3, 2013, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard marched in Rochester’s Puerto Rican parade.

Sheppard, holding a Puerto Rican Flag, waved to children and their families who had gathered along East Main Street, in downtown Rochester.

They say people have very short term memories.

This couldn’t be any more true, when it comes to Rochester’s Puerto Rican community.

To allow Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard, a two-faced hypocrite, who approved of 7 trigger-happy cops executing a young man who needed help, to march in the Puerto Rican parade, is disgusting.

Even more disgusting, is the comment that Geena Cruz, the president of the Puerto Rican Parade, posted on on the parade’s website, thanking Sheppard, just hours after the parade.

“Puerto Rican Parade of Rochester NY Inc

We want to thank all our participants and spectators that attended this year’s Puerto Rican Parade ” Our Story- What is You?”. It was truly awesome to see all the wonderful stories , custumes, along with all the diversity presented at the parade. WE are also thankful for Mayor Richards, Chief Sheppard, and Luis Burgos for continuing the tradition of starting the parade. Most of we are thankful to our sponsor for making this parade possible.”

Shame on Cruz, and on Rochester’s Puerto Rican community, for allowing a two-faced hypocrite, to fool them.

Not surprising really, when you consider that for years, Rochester’s Puerto Rican Festival board accepted the City of Rochester forcing them to hold the annual festival in the plaza of the Rochester City Jail, right next to Rochester Police headquarters, and the Hall of Justice Courts building, so that City officials, including the Rochester Police department, could closely monitor the festival, and keep a close watch on festival goers.


Click on link below to read my original piece on Rochester, NY Police shooting and killing of Israel “Izzy” Andino.




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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.