Brighton, NY Police officer Jose Caraballo Tries to Justify Asking African-American Men Who Ran Out of Gas for ID

By Davy V.

According to Brighton, NY Police officer Jose Caraballo, a vehicle that ran out of gas, belonging to an African-American man looked suspicious, so that gives him the right to not only ask the man for ID, but also his passenger, who just happens to be African-American as well.

As I was getting home Sunday night around 9:30 pm, I noticed a Brighton, NY Police cruiser, on the wrong side of the road, with its spotlight shining in the face of an African-American male sitting behind the wheel.

As I observed further, I saw officer Caraballo, and his partner Barth, asking the man for ID.

The man explained to the officers that he ran out of gas and that his friend had gone to look for a gas container in order to get gas.

The officers then ran a “29” on the male driver, which basically means they radioed dispatch and ran the man’s name, and birthday, to see if he has any warrants, or is wanted in connection with any crimes.

Then, after both officers trying to play it off, by making small talk, they do it again!

As the man’s friend approaches the Chevy Trailblazer, officer Barth wastes no time in asking the man for his ID, also running a check on the man!

Watch in the second video as I ask officer Caraballo, is it standard practice to ask motorists for ID when they run out of gas.

Officer Caraballo then tries to change the subject a bit, and evade my questions to him, even bringing up that my vehicle was recently broken into, in order to justify his and his partner’s actions.

Caraballo is the same officer who hung up on me, a couple of years ago regarding an issue where I needed assistance with a visitation order for my child, so I’m really not at all surprised at his actions.

I just wonder had the men not been black, and fan out of gas, would they have been asked for ID.

 

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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.

  • PSOSGT

    There doesn’t have to be ANY reason for asking someone for their ID. Whether they HAVE to provide it or not is another thing.

  • certain

    And yet another great non-story from our own resident slappy. I could ask you for your ID, Davy. I’m not and don’t need to be a cop, or even have a reason other than idle curiosity. Don’t you watch the video on this freaking site? Oh wait, you don’t. You just post freaking nonsense.

  • certain

    And point out something, somewhere that shows this ACM award you won. The only mention of it I can find anywhere at all is here in your bio.

  • AmigaJoe

    *certain*

    -But you know it’s certainly NOT idle curiousity here. You KNOW that. You also know that refusing ID is guaranteed to bring a bunch of hassle to the citizens as the cops don’t want to let people get the idea they can exercise their rights like they’re free or something. Cops don’t roll up you in the middle of the night for idle chit-chat; you know that too. So why? Why would you defend hassling peaceful citizens trying to go about their business? What, you never see yourself having to deal with it so you don’t care?

  • Justin

    Lmao! Once again, cops doing their job, and you giving them crap over it! Man I wish you had a job so I could come stick my iPhone in your face and harass you, oh wait… Didnt someone just do that to you at the Boxing event the other night? And you cried and cried about it on twitter!

    Glad to know our hard earned tax money is putting you up in Brighton though.
    As m

  • Justin

    As most of us in Rochester know,car thieves and people that steal from cars go to the suburbs more and more, so if the cops are being overly cautious, then good! They are only looking out for the people that live in their communities, you are just to ignorant and biased to see that!

  • t

    I can’t believe I a tuly read this. I need to check out who the poster is before I read it. DAVY V is t capable of truth about anything.

  • Shawn

    @PSOSGT

    ” There doesn’t have to be ANY reason for asking
    someone for their ID. Whether they HAVE to provide it or
    not is another thing.”

    Most people on both sides forget that a lot. But Joe’s comment has a lot of truth. Too many cops have a “How dare you question me!” Or “How dare you not give me whatever i demand!” attitude.

  • steve

    were they handcuffed or beaten by the cops. is that a high crime area. if your black or hispanic then the cops are prejudice if they question you.

  • Stan47

    Davy, I generally take your posts as more or less truthful, but here I gotta tell you have your head up your ass.

    I am an old-assed white guy. Crew-cut to bald headed, no facial hair, no tats, never leave the house looking like a slob. I drive an 18 year old Dodge Caravan, nothing at all remarkable about it.

    Coming home from an errand one night I ran over a piece of sharp metal in the road, which killed one of my tires. I limped around the corner to a well-lit spot where I could safely pull off the road and change it.

    Next thing I realize, I am being blinded by the flashing headlights and “take-down lights” of a police cruiser that has pulled up behind me. This young puta of a cop, maybe 22 years old is now out of her car in a defensive looking posture demanding my ID and registration.

    Now admittedly this is a part of town where only about 30% of the population is white, so I guess it’s remotely possible that I am actually out there changing a tire on some brutha’s hooptie so I can hot wire the motherfucker and steal it. I think even YOU can see where I’m headed here…I’m not having the easiest time crawling around on the ground, the lug nuts had been tightened with an air wrench and weren’t easy to loosen, and now I have this young blonde cunt hassling me and using her lights to blind me. I told her about the piece of metal in the road, suggesting maybe she’d best be serving the public by going and clearing that, before someone else got a flat. No response. I DID finally convince her to kill the headlights, that were shining right into my eyes, so I could see what was doing and get on my way. But throughout the entire encounter, I got the idea this little bitch was waiting for me to do something for which she could jack me up, not “protect” me from oncoming traffic.

    My point is that cops are usually assholes of the highest order, and that every time one of them stops an innocent person and fucks with them, it is NOT a racial or ethnic profiling incident.

    You lose all credibility when you write this kind of bullshit.

    Stan in Baltimore

  • Jason Free 123

    Another bullshit story by a racist hispanic who makes up bullshit stories thinking it will elevate him to some kind of super status. You are fucking pathetic. You post your fraud and lies on this board and just about everyone finds you to be an asshole and a loser. I feel sorry for your fucking kids. They are going to frow up listening to the rantings of a racist lying piece of shit.

  • Justin

    @AmigaJoe

    I have actually had this happen to me, walking to work at 6am I was stopped by 3 officers, I was told I fit the physical description of someone who had just violated a Order of Protection in the neighborhood, the officer told me as soon as he saw my face he knew I wasn’t who he was looking for, but asked me for my ID anyways, I was a 25 year old white male with shaved head and tattoos on my arms, at 6am I guess I did look a little suspicious, turned out I had a warrant for violation of probation, so they had to take me in since its a no bail warrant. Now I know I didn’t have to give my ID, but I did because as far as I knew I had nothing to worry about, I did inform the officer that I was on probation.
    Did I blame this officer? No, he was really cool about it, didnt cuff me and let me smoke and play my video games on the way to jail.
    I do wish I could say the violation was my own fault, but it wasn’t, it was my crooked, lazy, bitch of a probation officer, trumped up a violation on me and the lied to Greece Town Court about it, needless to say, my lawyer proved the violations were false and the judge let me out, with time served and gave special instruction to my probation officer for the remainder of my sentence with them, she hated me for that . I still see this officer from time to time, and I harbor no ill will toward him.

    I’m telling this here to prove a point, I am a white male, pro-police, with a criminal record. So if anyone wants to tell me I don’t care because it has not happened to me, bullshit, it’s happened to me most of my life, not because of the police though, but because of MY OWN actions! The cops were just doing their jobs.

  • Shawn

    @Justin

    ” the officer
    told me as soon as he saw my face he knew I wasn’t
    who he was looking for, but asked me for my ID
    anyways,”

    That is called fishing. Not exactly a noble LE activity.

  • Justin

    @Shawn
    Maybe not, but it did clear an active warrant none the less.
    Criminals are not noble people either, I was forward with the officer and abided by conditions of probation and informed the officer I was on probation, as I was supposed to do when in contact with police. He ran my name and that was it. If I don’t blame him, why should anyone else?

  • RadicalDude

    Shawn don’t you have a parking lot to walk or soda machine to guard.

    You don’t get it. You never will. You’re a security guard. Get over it and move on.

  • YankeeFan

    PSOSGT says:
    August 26, 2013 at 2:18 am

    There doesn’t have to be ANY reason for asking someone for their ID. Whether they HAVE to provide it or not is another thing.

    Maybe there should be legal reason to ask for I.D. Police on fishing expeditions, as Shawn stated above, isn’t exactly a noble police activity. If you have legal reasons, so be it. If not, move along cop and go get the real bad guys.

  • YankeeFan

    RadicalDude says:
    August 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Shawn don’t you have a parking lot to walk or soda machine to guard.

    You don’t get it. You never will. You’re a security guard. Get over it and move on.

    Imposter RD. Don’t you have an electric chair waiting for your bitch ass?

  • 585

    Lets think about this, FBag. The cops might be making sure he has a drivers license. Sure as God made little green apples, if they didn’t check, and this guy got into a wreck, You would be the first asshole to jump up and down screaming that the cops let him drive. Did I mention you are an asshole? Oh yes, I see I did. Asshole.

  • 585

    I see Davy Vajayjay’s supporters are having to work harder and harder to support him here.

  • Common Sense

    Would someone please give Davy V some money so he’ll go away.

  • steve

    Davy , plainly you should retire or join the latin kings.

  • Chris Mallory

    The driver would have to provide his DL. The passenger would be well within his rights to tell the cop to go perform a Slappy approved sex act on himself.

    All cops lie, all the time.

    Disarm cops for a safer America.

  • RadicalDude

    YankeeFan,

    Nah, I’m a law abiding citizen.

    Arod has one waiting for him though.

  • Shawn

    @Justin

    “He ran my name and that was it. If I don’t blame him, why should anyone else?”

    All well and good for you, if you’re fine with it. But it isn’t just you. Numerous people are being hassled by cops for no good reason. Checking ID without cause is only the most minor attack on innocent people.

    My favorite is when cops take offense if you don’t want to share where you have been, where you are going, and why, with them. As if we’re all children answering to our parents. For my part, my personal activities are my business. I refuse to share, not because I want to be a dick, but because I expect to be treated with dignity. But dignity has become a suspicious activity to cops.

    Far too much of what is going on has the smell of a deliberate choice to toss out the concept that the general public are mostly good people who should be treated with respect and dignity. Is that what our police have become? That everyone is just a potential criminal and must be treated as such until proven otherwise?

  • RadicalDude

    Way to go Davy! Who knows what might have happened if Davy hadn’t been there? Davy simply will not take any crap from cops. The best way to handle cops is MAXIMUM CONFRONTATIONALISM. Davy is highly confrontational towards cops, which is excellent.

  • Justin

    Shawn, when people walk I to my store I look at everyone as a potential thief.
    The minute you afford the general public any kind of trust is the minute you get ripped off.
    I don’t know what kind if world you guys live in, but here in Rochester it’s drug dealers, gang members, thieves, and murderers. And our violent crime just keeps going up, so if cops are out there being harder on people then normal, then maybe people should start speaking up, fuck this don’t snitch shit that seems to be a normal in the hood, if you all say that good cops are just as guilty as bad cops for not saying anything, then the same goes for everyone else.

  • YankeeFan

    RD,

    AROD is a dirt bag! I have no love for that bastard!

  • RadicalDude

    Up to
    August 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm,
    the other comments from “RadicalDude” are the impostor

  • YankeeFan

    Justin,

    Maybe the police need to give the people a reason to respect them. Even self identified police on Policeone make this point. It is supposed to be us for them not us against them. People will draw on their own experiences with the police. How do you think the Ibarra Bros view the police? Arrested for taking pics of police during a raid on their own property and not interfering. Or Simon Glik?

    As to your neighborhood being a criminal haven, that sucks. That still doesn’t justify and ends justifies the means brand of police work. Be hard on those that warrant it. Not those that are not involved in criminal activity.

  • RadicalDude

    @Justin:
    Are you a cop w/ Rochester PD? For some reason I thought you were…

  • Justin

    Lol as many times as Davy has said I am a cop, no I am not.

    And just how are police supposed to do that? Every time they try to do something positive Davy puts a negative spin on it, they can’t win in this city. And no matter what they do, criminals and their families won’t ever respect them, they get hated on because they locked up someone’s cousin, or brother when they got caught robbing a store, or dealing drugs on the corner, or god forbid, they killed someone!

    Take for example, at the beginning of July, a local rap artist shot and killed 2 people at a club, days later police where chasing him, he bailed and ran to someone’s back yard, then when a Seargent approached the guy came out shooting, shot the Sgt a number of times, one bullet shattering his forearm. The guy was of course shot by police, but he survived. Now Davy made a huge joke about it on his Facebook page, the one he says he is still banned from, the suspects family are all followers on Davy’s Facebook page, and were on their blaming the Police for this guys actions, not the guy that had already killed two people, the cops!

    How does that even make sense???!

    Just in the last day we have had 3 people shot and killed……do you think anyone is going to step forward? Is anyone going to help make our streets safer?? No, so it’s up to the police to do that!
    Davy is one of the biggest perpetrators of the whole Do Not Snitch thing! He knows the people he sticks up for are the same ones that make our city shit, but does he care? No!

    The police don’t need to earn respect, the police and the laws they are paid to enforce should be feared. If you have no fear of being arrested and imprisoned, then what are we left with?

  • RadicalDude

    @ YankeeFan,

    Well, at least we can agree on one thing. See we are building bridges my friend.

    @ Retarded Imposter

    Yeah, the cats been out of the bag for a while now. Do you have some type of inferiority complex?

    While others see it as “fishing” it is actually good police work. Especially when you look at the “totality of the circumstances”. I see a car in front of my house with someone sitting in it for an extended period of time, I want to know what the hell is going on and who it is.

    “I just wonder had the men not been black, and fan out of gas, would they have been asked for ID.”

    Not sure how you “fan out of gas” but, yes they’d be asked for I.D. if they were white, purple, green, had 3 eyes, fish gills, 8 tentacles, etc.

  • RadicalDude

    @ Shawn,

    Aside from your smart ass remark “yeah a cop” (You know you’re going to say it). Do you know a criminal when you see one? If so please do share your secret.

  • Jason Free 123

    Chris the fucking liar is at it again. You are the one with the you tube videos of you fucking sheep, goats, kids, and chickens. You are a very sick bastard. Here is the link to when you were always trying to fuck horses. I told you you were all over you tube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yEicIkTivc

    Here are pictures of the sheep you raped and the kid it had. It looks just like you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V48huAZ_6NM

  • Jason Free 123

    Chris the fucking liar is at it again. You are all over youtube with videos of you fucking animals such as sheep,goats, kids, chickens, and horses.

    Go to youtube and type in, “man charged with haveing sex with horse”

    The other one is: “Sheep gives birth to half human” It has a picture of your sheep wife and your child. You are one fucking sick bastard.

    I had posted links but it is still being moderated by cunt block.

  • RadicalDude

    More comments by the impostor.

  • Chris Mallory

    Yawn, that all you got Slappy? I have heard learning disabled first graders come up with better insults.

  • Shawn

    @fake RD

    “@ Shawn,

    Aside from your smart ass remark “yeah a cop” (You know you’re going to say it). Do you know a criminal when you see one? If so please do share your secret.”

    Yup. My cousins.

  • Shawn

    @Justin

    “Shawn, when people walk I to my store I look at everyone as a potential thief.”

    There is a difference between being cautious, and treating someone like a criminal. Maybe it is my work background, gas stations many years ago and now security, but I’ve long learned how to be suspicious and watchful without treating them like criminals. It is bad business.

  • Shawn

    @Jason

    What is it with you and You Tube videos of of animal sex? That and 2 dollar hookers. Are you making a confession here?

  • certain

    @Joe,

    On the contrary, an incident like this was what made me become a copblocker. Cop fucking with me for no reason other than he didn’t like the way I looked and didn’t think I fit in in the affluent neighborhood I was in (in front of my own house). But go back and look at some of this guys posts. Like this one. Making a huge deal over nothing. Makes all of our efforts look petty. And he has this predilection for posting bloody violent photos of gunshot dogs. I mean gruesome closeups of the bullet wounds. Plus I’m pretty sure about half of the shit in his half-page bio is so much bullshit, otherwise I’d find some mention of this ACM award he won for his documentary that he made. If you look, I’m not the only copblocker who thinks Davy is a clown.

  • certain

    Posted links, did you slaps? LOL, and the mods deleted them, huh? Left your hate filled vitriol intact, but deleted the links to the video you claim to have seen, huh?

    LOL, lying piece of shit.

    But let’s just say you’re not lying, slaps. How did you happen to come across any bestiality videos? Spend a lot of time reviewing such things do you? Looking for your real parents maybe? Huh, that’s funny. When people said you were “sheepish” I though they meant in the sense of being shy. I didn’t know it was meant literally.

  • RadicalDude

    @ Shawn,

    Family history of criminals disqualified you from being a LEO. Got it.

    We finally got to the root of your condemnation blanket statements and hatred towards LE IN GENERAL.

    Now, how is it that your wife left your for a cop? That’s the last unanswered question.

  • Common Sense

    “latin kings” – now that was funny.

  • Jason Free 123

    Shawn – I never knew about any of that stuff until I met the mothers of these inbred activists. There mom’s posted the videos on you tube for everyone to see.

  • RadicalDude

    @August 27, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Impostor

  • t

    YF: Don’t fall in with Davy. There is no truth in it

  • YankeeFan

    T,

    I never commented on this story. I agree that Davyv is so unreliable and unbelievable that I avoid commenting on what he says. My main comment was to Justin and his experience with police. As to this story, I avoid any direct comments about the specifics of Davyv!