Irondequoit, NY Police officer Caught on Video Threatening 15-Year Old Skateboarder: “My suggestion to you is don’t get in my way, shut your mouth, and go that way… you’re on my sidewalk!”



From left to right; Minister Florence, Al Shapton, and my Dad, Mario Vara in 1991,

before I marched with them in downtown Rochester, NY.




Irondequoit, NY Police officer
threatening minor.


By Davy V.

Like many teenagers, 15-year old Irondequoit, NY resident Drake, whose last name I have decided not to publish, since he is a minor, and has not been charged with any crime, loves skateboarding with his friends.

Unfortunately, Drake says, when it comes to skateboarding, Irondequoit, NY Police officers don’t share his passion.

Take, for example an incident which occurred a couple of weeks ago while Drake was skateboarding with some friends near Norton Street, and Culver Rd.

Two Irondequoit, NY Police officers drove up to the teens, exited their cruisers, and approached the youths.

As the video below shows, Drake, shows he obviously knows a thing or two about video recording any and all interactions with law enforcement, as he wastes no time in recording the IPD officers.

The video shows the officers questioning one of Drake’s friends, also a minor..

“They wanted my friend to get in the car with them”, Drake tells me, after he contacted me to tell me he wanted me to have the video, because he’s tired of Irondequoit Police harassing him and his friends when they’re skateboarding.

In the video, Drake can be heard telling his friend “They’re just going to fuck you over.”

Then, one of the IPD officers can be seen walking right up to Drake.

“How about this? The next time you say the f word, and if you don’t move right now, I’m going to lock you up…” says the officer.

Drake is then heard asking “For what?”

The officer, seen walking back up to the teen, replies “You can’t swear in public, you just said the f word, my suggestion to you is don’t get in my way, shut your mouth, and go that way…”

The officer then tells Drake, “You’re on my sidewalk.”

To which the teen, again showing he knows his rights, tells the officer, “This is not your sidewalk, it’s public.”

“Oh it’s my sidewalk, trust me”, the officer replies.

Then, in a classic example of the intimidation tactics, law enforcement officers use, the same officer threatens to charge another teen with disorderly conduct.

The teen also shows he knows his rights, and respectfully tells the officer that he has done nothing wrong.

The officer, realizing that he has been video recorded harassing minors, then seems to concede, and walks away with his fellow officer.

I asked Drake how does it make him feel that those who take an oath to serve and protect, instead harass innocent people.

“It makes me mad that I’m harassed in my own neighborhood for doing nothing wrong, and committing no crime”, Drake said.

“It makes me feel like a target in my own community.”


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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.