Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard Defends RPD officer Lucas Krull’s Beating of a Pregnant Woman which was Caught on Video

By Davy V.

According to Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard, officer Lucas Krull, who was caught on video driving a pregnant woman into a porch railing, punching her in her head, then throwing her to the ground, was just doing his job.

“The fact that she may have been pregnant or not, I do not know”, said Sheppard.

At a news conference held in the Public Safety Building, Sheppard defended Rochester Police officer punching 21-year old Brenda Hardaway on the side of her head with a closed fist.

Sheppard said the strike was part of a technique used by RPD officers.

“When we receive resistance from an individual, we may strike you in a way that changes your channel so to speak. In a way that changes your resistance.”

“Changes your channel”?

Shepard said that his officers were called to Selye Terrace on Rochester’s northwest side for a domestic dispute, and a short time later, placed Hardaway’s 16-year old brother, Romengeno Hardaway, under arrest.

Sheppard then said that Brenda Hardaway threatened officers with pepper spray.

At that point, Sheppard said, officer placed Brenda Hardaway under arrest.

RPD Chief James Sheppard, who was in full spin-mode at the press conference looked like a man in denial.

A man who knows that his officers are out of control.

A man who knows that the very same community that he so desperately wants respect from, looks at him for what he is.

A complete hypocrite and sellout.

Look, here’s the thing, was the woman resisting?

Perhaps she was.

That doesn’t justify, Rochester Police officer Lucas Krull punching her in her head, then throwing her to ground, even though she told officer Krull that she was pregnant.

Perhaps the young man who recorded the video, Henry Loggins, said it best.

“I don’t respect any man who puts his hands on a woman, and she’s a pregnant woman.”






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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.