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.