Rochester, NY Police officer Caught on Video Beating Pregnant Woman


By Davy V.

A video which has surfaced on YouTube shows a Rochester, NY Police officer beating a pregnant woman.

The woman is heard yelling “You’re going to kill my baby!”, seconds before the Rochester Police officer is seen driving the woman into a wooden porch railing.

The RPD officer is then seen punching the woman with a closed fist, on the right side of her head.



After calling Rochester, NY Police Sgt. Elena Correia, the department’s Public Information Officer (PIO), and being transferred to 5 different individuals, only to be told that Sgt. Correia is on vacation, and asked to leave a message, I was told that RPD Sgt. Hammond is filling in for Correia as PIO.

The officer I spoke with told me he had not heard of the incident, and asked me how he can look it up.

I told him to just Google “Rochester, NY Police officer Beats Pregnant Woman.”

I’m waiting to hear back from Rochester Police Sgt. Hammond.


Update 2:


By Davy V.

According to Patrick, in Rochester’s ABC affiliate, 13WHAM news channel’s newsroom, a video which is going viral showing a Rochester, NY Police officer punching a pregnant woman in the head, then throwing her on the ground, may not be real.

“Before we do anything, we’re making sure it’s a legit video”, Patrick told me, after I called the station, and didn’t identify myself.


Well, I wanted people to see what I have been saying for years, when it comes to Corporate-America run, mainstream news media, and their “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” relationship they have with law enforcement.

You see, mainstream news media depends on law enforcement when it comes to tips, leads, and overall information involving news stories.

Therefore, they are very careful when reporting anything which shows law enforcement in a negative light.

And I’d say that a video of a white Rochester, NY Police officer beating a pregnant African-American woman, punching her in her head with a closed fist, then throwing her on the ground, is not good for that relationship which Rochester’s Corporate-America run news media has with the Rochester Police department.

Check out the conversation I had with Patrick in the video above.

Notice how uninterested he actually seems in the story, despite his acting like he is.

If you ask me, I don’t even think they contacted the RPD.


When will Rochester, NY’s Corporate-America run, mainstream news media report on what is a clear case of excessive force?




Finally, more than 12 hours after I broke this story on my blogs, and on, Rochester’s Corporate-America run, mainstream news media decided to report on it, and Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard has set a 2:00 pm news conference to “address” the incident.

Although I am not in Rochester, I will be updating this post soon.







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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.