Will Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard Resign?


Rochester, NY Police officer Lucas Krull,
getting ready to punch pregnant woman in head.


By Davy V.

Tensions in Rochester, NY’s African-American community continue to rise, just days after a disturbing video was posted to YouTube, showing Rochester, NY Police officer Lucas Krull, driving 21-year old Brenda Hardaway, who says she’s 5 months pregnant, into a wooden porch railing, then punching her n the head with a closed fist, before throwing her to the ground.

“Release her or they’re going to see something they’ve never seen before”, said the clergymen who held an 11:00 am press conference at Faith Temple Apostolic Church Friday.

The statement was in reference to Brenda Hardaway, who was remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $7,500.

Hardaway is being held on several charges including resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Her 16-year old brother, Geomeno Hardaway was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and was released.

Meeting with other church leaders, Bishop Jerry McCullough said, “This has been happening in Rochester for quite a while and we’re appalled”

McCullough added, “We’re here to do something about it, we got lawyers, we got money, we’re hiring people to help us.”

According to Rochester, NY police, Brenda Hardaway interfered with the arrest of her 16-year-old brother.

Not surprisingly, Mike Mazzeo, President of Rochester’s Locust Club. the RPD’s Union, just as Rochester Police Chief did hours earlier, defended the beating.

“All she had to do was put her hands behind her back and be handcuffed,” Mazzeo said, adding “The protocol is to use the amount of force necessary to make the arrest.”

Mazzeo called RPD officer Lucas Krull’s punch to Hardaway’s head, “light force.”

As an activist against police misconduct, and corruption, I have been marching these same Rochester, NY streets since the mid 1980’s, when I used to accompany my Dad, Mario Vara, a community activist against police abuse, and Al Sharpton, who was good friends with my Dad, along with the late Reverend Raymond Graves, a legendary Rochester civil rights leader, I personally saw all these great men, not only talk the talk, but walk the walk as well!

So, at the press conference I told the members of the clergy, that I’ve seen alot of press conferences, and news camera photo-ops.

But, I asked them, what would they do different this time?


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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.

  • Jason Free 123

    Another bullshit racist video by Davy V. You make these claims she was kicked in the stomach the video shows differently. Now you are brining out the race card. That is fucking sad. It isn’t white people who are racists, it’s people like you who perpetuate racism. Your bio is such bullshit. YOu write this complete bullshit bio because you want to look so important and you aren’t I have checked on what you claim to have done and no one has ever heard of you so you are lying. Typical of racists and activists.

    Ron Paul says, ” All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  • RochesterCitizen

    “Release her or they’re going to see something they’ve never seen before”, said the clergymen who held an 11:00 am press conference at Faith Temple Apostolic Church Friday”.

    Sounds like a direct threat.

  • Locke

    That isn’t a direct threat of violence, it is a promise of protest and probably civil disobedience to affect change. Assuming there will be violence or riots is an old racist trope.

    Race IS a often a factor, and racism is still certainly a problem. In diverse communities, you must be especially sensitive to this, and the community’s perception of your actions. While I personally can’t say whether race was an issue, as I’d only be assuming what Krull was thinking – his lack of good judgement and professionalism did cause this whole situation.

  • 585

    Race sure was a factor, Locke. How could it not be with someone in the neighborhood screaming “white cracker” and Davy calling one of the cops “Uncle Tom”.

  • steve

    More bullshit to charge up the black community. Davy V. would love to see a racial riot he is a racist himself. Mr. Davy calls the news station and q.s them over and over with the same questions trying to get what he wants out of his telephone interview, then claims they want nothing to do with the viral video of the cop man handling the big mouth black lady.He is trying his best to create a disturbance for his own program and no one else.As Davy mentions ” white cops” not just cops.
    Davy Vara is a racist trying his best to create a racial tension or make it worse.

  • steve

    Davy V. has made himself a public figure now and is no longer entitled to privacy that he had before he made himself into his own figure.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    Davy V, a race baiter? Say it ain’t so… (rolls eyes)

  • steve

    Yes I believe the clergy meant that as protest not violence.

  • Justin

    No He will not resign, and there is no reason for all for him to resign.

    These idiots want to sit there and preach this, and that, this and that…if they got so much GOD DAMN money, bail her ass out! She has been indicted on an assault charge! They are not going to drop charges and release her, she needs to stand before a judge and answer to her CRIME!

    Cry for her if you must, but she did this to herself and she needs to be responsible for her own actions. I heard these preachers and NAACP clown talking about, “This wouldnt happen in a white neighborhood, to a white woman” BULLSHIT! It does, and it has….ANYONE who resists arrest and physically assaults an Officer would have been treated the same way! And charged with the same crime!

    Davy..you claim on your twitter that I have been stalking your kids at their school for 6 months….Damn, and here I thought its been summer! Fucking moron!

    I showed your tweet saying RPD wont do anything to me because of who you are, to an officer I know….he laughed, they havent heard anything about it! So IF I was stalking, why wouldnt you even report it? Or would you rather just say I am to try to portray me as something I’m not?? You discredit yourself enough for the both of us, dont try to drag my name down with baseless accusations you piece of shit!

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    Davy V is just a low life POS who has nothing constructive to do but live on our dollar (disability). He has no problem putting his children into the middle of his fights, which in my opinion, is abusive to those innocent kids.

    I say someone forms a mother chapter of Davy Watchers and try to catch him in the act of defrauding the government or being negligent with his children.

    And now that he’s come out as a race baiter, he’s the lowest of the low…

  • Justin

    Davy has even gone as far as setting up a fake facebook page, using his own kids pictures to try to drag my name through the mud! How did that work for you Davy?

    Thought sending his ex after me was going to stop me.

    Didnt work did it?

  • Locke

    I don’t see the race baiting here. There has clearly been a breach of trust between the community for quite some time.

    Krull punched a woman with child, you can bet whatever community that identifies with the victim will be outraged.

    I don’t think Sheppard needs to resign, unless he does not dismiss Krull and perhaps bring him up on charges. If he does not, he does need to step down and make way for a leader who will not tolerate such thuggery.

  • Justin

    Locke, Krull did nothing wrong! He used force where force was needed, pregnant or not, she threatened Police, physically assaulted Krull, and then resisted arrest. So because she says she is pregnant she should be absolved of all that??? What the hell are you smoking??

  • Justin

    ” I marched with Al Sharpton as early as 1980″ lmao!!! And then you went on to be a mall security guard that hit on all the underage girls. YAY Davy! What an upstanding guy you are!

  • steve

    Prove the big fat ugly mouthed bitch is pregnant, I doubt that she is and if Im wrong I will make an apology. We need a copy of the police report and some idea of what really happened here. Only hearsay but Im told before the camera came on she sprayed or punched at the cop. Why were they there and what lead to the arrest of the girl.With all this shit and disturbance there is nothing to back up the racist Davy v.The whole of the story is missing and this has fucking gone to far.

  • RadicalDude

    Is there any evidence whatsoever that there was any actual underlying “crime” that necessitated an arrest in the first place? That there was a domestic assault, anything? This seems like a police riot, that the cops showed up and just started trying to arrest people without any probable cause, and the people started resisting those illegal arrests. Arrests for “disorderly conduct” and “resisting arrest”, based on resisting the cops in itself, with no predicate charge for the cops to have made the arrest in the first place is one of the indicators of bogus “contempt of cop” arrests. Is there any evidence that there was any reason for them to go hands on in the first place?

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    LOL If Davy marched with Al Sharpton, I just won the lottery.


    Look for the original post on here and then look around the web for the actual story. The police were called to respond to a complaint of a domestic disturbance of some sort.

    The “pregnant” female grabbed the officer’s crotch at least twice. The last one resulting in a focused strike to her and a takedown.

  • iDonotconsent

    Wow so many spineless trolls here. You think because your skin color is different, live in the suburbs and have a liberal arts degree you won’t be treated like this?

    Think again.

  • Locke

    Justin, I don’t disagree force was necessary. However the application of said force is innappropriate. Pregnant or not, woman or not, if face-punching is your go-to maneuver, expect problems. Hopefully sooner than later.

  • RadicalDude

    “ThirtyOneBravo says:
    September 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Look for the original post on here and then look around the web for the actual story. The police were called to respond to a complaint of a domestic disturbance of some sort.

    The “pregnant” female grabbed the officer’s crotch at least twice. The last one resulting in a focused strike to her and a takedown.”

    I get that. Justin pointed out the crotch-grabbing thing. The problem is, the crotch-grabbing occurred after he had effectuated the handcuffing, and the arrest was underway. So, that cannot really be probable cause for initiating the arrest to begin with.

    Also, a phone call just stating a vague hearsay allegation that there was a “disturbance” isn’t PC for an arrest absent corroboration of an actual CRIME. I don’t think “domestic disturbance” is an actual chargeable offense.

  • Justin

    Police where called by a neighbor stating there was a fight involving 5 – 6 people , 3 officers responded, once there the 16 year old BOY started running his mouth and not following police orders to go inside to diffuse the situation, when he refused and became verbally abusive they decided he was going to be placed under arrest, that is when the girl got involved and threatened the officers with the pepper spray, that is when Krull approached her and told her to put it down, she advanced on Krull with the spray, Krull tried knocking it out of her hand, while she was taking a swing at him with her other arm, thats when he put her against the car and informed her she was under arrest,then he was elbowed in the face, after being told to put her hands behind her back and her telling him no and trying to pull her arms away, she started with the “I’m pregnant”, too little, too late. That is when the video picks up, and shows him fighting to keep her where she is, all the while watching what the other people around where doing. She walked herself into the side of the house, then tripped and fell into the porch railing, thats when she was grabbing for his belt/crotch….you know the rest.

    There was a crime, there needed to be an arrest, and there was. End of story. It should have ended there, but you have all these people just waiting for a catalyst to start this little mini race war here in our city. The funny thing is, I have a lot of minority friends, and they all feel the same way, She should have just listened, even the criminals in this city know, once an officer decides you are under arrest, those cuffs are going on, thats just the way it is, and the way it should be. My guess is this wont be the last video we see of a female getting arrested and screaming she’s pregnant, this is going to start a trend.

  • ThirtyOneBravo


    If you had used some Google-fu and done your research, you’d know what happened.

  • steve


  • Common Sense


    Davy has them those comment he doesn’t like deleted.

    Sorry, this is a dead end story. The arrest and use of force were lawful and justified.

  • RadicalDude

    “Justin says:
    September 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm
    There was a crime, there needed to be an arrest, and there was. ”

    Up to the point that the cops went hands on with the brother, what was the crime? Contempt of cop? Being verbally abusive toward the cops? Sitting in his own front yard? Up to that point are there facts to indicate an actual crime beyond a vague hearsay allegation on the phone? He was in his own yard being “verbally abusive”? What law does that violate? He was charged with disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, but what was the reason, if any, to even make the arrest to begin with? Even if Brenda flipped out and overreacted, she was just defending her brother who from the looks of it, was the victim of a bogus arrest.

  • john k

    Too bad that they think it is just a black vs. police problem. Sorry, it is the populace against the police. US verses THEM. Quit using race as issue and maybe WE will get further with OUR cause. Police are outta of control w/o accountability to no one.

  • steve

    RadicalDude you must be suffering from a brain injury .

  • ThirtyOneBravo


    Let your fingers do the walking and read the stories and watch the videos for yourself. There are MANY more out there that show more than the shortened versions here.

  • Justin

    If Davy is deleting your comments email Rob@copblock.org He said Davy was going to retaught the rules of the site, and they do not allow deleting of comments they dont like or dont agree with, only spam, threats and trolling, and they sites definition of trolling is different then Davy’s.

  • RadicalDude

    Does anyone know if there was any reason to arrest the brother in the first place? I’ve been looking for video showing what led up to this, but haven’t found any. The videos I keep getting show the cop already arresting Brenda, but not before that.

  • steve

    I found there was a heated arguement between 6 or 7 people and the police were called, Upon arrival the 16 year old boy became loud and aggressive , he was ordered back into his apartment to keep the peace. He refused and was causing further outbursts in the area then the big mouth fat lady threatened the cops with pepper spray when they were trying to cuff the big kid. With all the people screaming and calling the cops white crackers. Im suprised it didnt escalate to the 1st degree. I will say I didn’t like seeing the punch to the head but it looked like the fat bigmouth was kicking his ass.

  • RadicalDude

    Anyone have a link to any video that shows what led up to the cops arresting them?

  • steve

    I don’t believe there is any video of what led up to the arrests and if there is, no one want’s to show how the kid incited his own arrest and how the big mouth acted to cause her arrest.

  • t

    So….the “black” Pice Chief is racist. Ok then.

  • t

    Police chief.

  • RadicalDude

    He might not be racist but he is probably prejudiced.

  • steve


  • t


  • Keith

    From Reason: “Earlier this year, a 12-month study by Cambridge University researchers revealed that when the city of Rialto, California, required its cops to wear cameras, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent and the use of force by officers dropped by almost 60 percent. Watched cops are polite cops.”

  • Justin

    Keith, ever stop to think of it the other way? When criminals realize that they are ALSO being video taped they have nothing to complain about, and they fight back less because then the police can prove they were fighting with them?

    You put all the blame on cops, and you shouldnt, criminals are criminals for a reason.

  • RadicalDude

    “steve says:
    September 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm


    He’s probably prejudiced on account of the gang he belongs to. The cops standard line is basically, “we investigated ourselves and found we did nothing wrong.” Well, of course, any time you have the cops are investigating their own department, it calls into question the propriety, because there is gonna be bias like 90% of the time.


    Good job to everyone on this post for not indulging the idiot that calls himself Jason Free 123
    I love that he keeps trying to enter the discussion and no one is listening. Don’t waste your time responding to anything he has to say.

  • RadicalDude

    Most of what he says is nonsense. I agree, don’t feed into his pathology.