Rochester, NY Woman who was Beaten by Cop is Indicted by Grand Jury; African-American Community Continues to be Silent


Rochester, NY Police officer Lucas Krull,
before punching pregnant woman in head.


By Davy V.

They lined up in their Sunday’s best.

Only it was a Friday.

Over a dozen African-American Rochester, NY clergy members spoke in front of news cameras and denounced the beating of a pregnant African-American woman, by RPD officer Lucas Krull, which was caught on video.

The video, which has gone viral, shows 21-year old Brenda Hardaway, yelling that she’s pregnant, seconds before Krull being drives her into a wooden porch railing post, punches her in the head, then throws her to the ground.

Hardaway was then charged with assault, attempted obstructing governmental administration by means of a self-defense spray device, obstructing governmental administration, unlawfully possessing or selling noxious material, menacing and resisting arrest, and held in jail in lieu of $7,500.

“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, led by Bishop Jerry McCullough.

“This has been happening in Rochester for quite a while and we’re appalled”, McCullough said, before adding, “We’re here to do something about it, we got lawyers, we got money, we’re hiring people to help us.”


They talked the talk.

They just didn’t walk the walk.

At least not yet.

We’ll see.

Here’s what I don’t get.

Over 2,000 members of Rochester’s African-American community, took to the streets and marched in downtown Rochester as part of the Trayvon Martin Million Hoodie March protests held in cities throughout the U.S.

But not one member of Rochester’s African-American community has organized any rally, march, or protest, despite a white cop caught on video punching a black pregnant woman in her head!

In fact, with election time right around the corner, Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren, who is African-American, and who is running for Mayor, and who was present at that Trayvon Martin Million Hoodie march, has been extremely careful in commenting on the disturbing 5-minute video which shows RPD officer Krull beating Hardaway.

Responding to a call for Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard to resign, after he supported officer Krull’s actions, this is what Lovely Warren had to say:

“I have worked alongside Chief Sheppard to institute the “Policing in the Spirit of Service” model, to recruit minority and women police officers, to attend community meetings and to do youth outreach. He has been responsive, and I appreciate his willingness to come from behind his desk in public safety building and be personally present in the community. We cannot allow one incident to undo the good work that he has done, yet Chief Sheppard must take the lead to help the community understand the actions taken by the officer in question, and to repair and rebuild the community’s trust.”



And spoken like a true politician!

Oh yeah, those clergy members?

They promised a march on City Hall.

I don’t see any of them there yet.

Even though Brenda Hardaway was just indicted, by a Monroe County Grand Jury.




Interestingly enough, just one week before the incident where RPD officer Krull was caught on video assaulting a pregnant woman, I attended a mini Mayoral debate forum where I asked Lovely Warren, if elected Mayor, what would she do about the out of control, rogue, Rochester Police officers. (See video above)


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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.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    It’s a Davy V story. Zero fucks shall be given.

  • certain

    I’m not even using the acronym for this one folks – Because I am rolling on the motherfucking floor laughing my ass off.

    What’s the matter? Your public let you down?

    And after all that fine youtube investigative reporting. What a waste.

  • Don Francisco

    Nobody in the community gives a fuck either. Wonder why…

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  • John Q Public

    Those are great photos of that girl grabbing the cop’s crotch.

  • Justin

    lmao….let the whine fest begin! I have seen this before, on his facebook page for the dog Codi, when he couldnt get enough ‘donations’ he bitched and moaned and started talking shit to the people that supported him.

    This is classic Davy trying to stir that pot full of racial tensions.

    Imagine what would happen if an actual race war broke out…..Davy would be sitting at home writing story after story of police protecting themselves and calling it police brutality.

  • John Q Public

    After listening to the candidate video, it just cements the notion that Davy V is a jackass. “Look at me! Show me some respect!” You never hear a REAL journalist say those things.

  • balance44

    Race has nothing to do with the actions and operations of the RPD heeding call to action from a 911 report that regarded a domesticate incident on Selye Terrace.

    21 year old MS. Brenda Hardaway made a choice and that choice caused an infraction to RPD operation.

    There is not enough evidence indicating the officer with intent ‘drove Hardaway into a wooden porch railing. The officer was aiming to arrest Hardaway and over a significant period of time his ‘force’ gradually increased with Hardaway resisting in hostility and moving the direction of the male subject two other officers were trying to arrest. In her movement towards the male subject with the officer still trying to control her, she hit the railing and partly because of herself.

    She was not assaulted ever. An assault is with an intent to harm and with no legit purpose.

    The officer had done nothing to threaten her ‘baby’ at the point Hardaway started to holler about her baby.

    Hardaway’s actions were the seed with her own intents, reasons and motivations that held cause to be a threat to bearing a healthy child.

    Once an officer has knowledge that a woman could be pregnant in that circumstance it is unlikely that one will want to taze an irrational, verbally, hostile and physically hostile woman who could be pregnant.

    Hardaway with physical, irrational mind and verbal hostility was moving towards the male subject and other two officers struggling to arrest another resisting and verbally hostile subject.

    That act alone is another perceived danger/conflict.

    In that circumstance an the officer may have perceived the only best option was to reduce her cognitive control, this reducing her resistance. He also did trip her but he also went down with her exhibiting a guided fall.

    There was also another female citizen who was infracting the other two officers trying to arrest the male subject. That is very disrespectful and dangerous for the welfare of all. People should aim to have more respect and courtesy while taking safety into consideration. Therefore unless an officer directs you otherwise, stand back and keep out of Law Enforcement operations.

  • balance44

    Please excuse the typos.

    It is also not as easy to handcuff someone with cuffs without hurting them. Cuffs can cut and be painful on nerves and or bones and most especially when one resists.

    Maybe another officer would have been able to help stabilize her and keep her from moving while the other officer put on the cuffs. There was two already trying to arrest the one male subject who was also hostile and resisting with some other female citizen getting right in the situation.

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  • steve

    Why does Davy keep up the constant white black hate talk.Why does he put so much importance on himself claiming he has been an activist for 18 years now, while addressing these black activists from the same area that seem to know nothing about him. 18 years and these people don’t know him by name. I smell bullshit from a self important arrogant fool.

  • Jason Free 123

    More fucking racist storys by Davy V. Funny how they continue to blow up in your face. You are a fucking loser racist. Eventually someone will get wise to you in the community and then you are in for a fun time as the police are chalking you in the street. You are a fucking loser and it won’t be long until children’s protective services comes and takes your children from you because of your behavior.

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

  • steve

    It’s not over till the fat lady sings. If the lady is pregnant the baby will be born in prison due to her behavior.

  • RochesterCitizen

    Maybe they came to their senses and realized that there is nothing to argue in this case.

  • Justin

    Here is what I wrote on Davy’s facebook page in response to this…and then another person said something that REALLY tells how it is, and he is also a black man from Rochester….

    Justin Bainter Amy, Davy wants a race war, then he can write all kinds of stories about RPD being abusive and racist.

    The churches have backed down because they have now seen the evidence and realize that they are making themselves look bad by defending a woman that clearly broke the law and ignored lawful orders to put her hands behind her back.

    With the recent arrest and conviction of one of their own for molesting children these “churches” don’t need any more negative publicity.
    Yesterday at 6:46am via mobile · Like · 2

    Fin Finacy ^^^ NAH That ain’t it! Them churches been full of PHKN shit! They are businesses with a non profit tax designation! Thats why there’s one on every corner like liquor stores!NO Leaders in the community!


    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.

  • Alvin

    On a similar note. Have you noticed how that all of the recent (past few years) “racist” news stories have been shown to have been hoaxes? It would appear that Americans just aren’t as racist as the dem/lib/commie left would like it to be, so they invent it. Hell, they are even recruiting the LGBT community into their fraudulent actions (the butch ex-marine in NJ with the lie of the tip and receipt). Anymore, when I read or hear of a story about an accused racist in America, I immediately think “fraud”, such is the state of American “journalism”. It is sad when you can read, see, or hear a report form “journalists” and know that if you flip the story 180 degrees, you are more likely to have the truth.

  • Lovelace

    Welcome to Rottenchester. A city of Death A county of corrupted white politicans and death. Nothing in this county screams reality. I m glad I am moving in a few days. I will NEVER EVER step foot in Rochester again.