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.”
ROCHESTER, NY POLICE CHIEF JAMES SHEPPARD (585) 428-7033
ROCHESTER, NY MAYOR THOMAS RICHARDS (585) 428-7045
ROCHESTER, NY CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT LOVELY WARREN (585) 428-7538
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