Rochester PD’s Slow Response Time Gives Murderer Ample Time to Escape

Note: This post was originally titled “Did Rochester, NY Police Help Double Shooting Murder Suspect Get Away?” It was changed to “Rochester PD’s 10min Response Time Gives Shooter/Murderer Ample Time to Escape” to better reflect the reality of the situation. -Pete Eyre



Rochester, NY Police Chief
James Sheppard


By Davy V.

Neighbors on Rochester, NY’s Pullman Avenue say that Rochester, NY Police officers took too long in responding to a double shooting that left a 32-year old man, in critical condition, and a 27-year old woman, Walesy Alvarez, dead.

“I called 911 and asked what the hell is taking so long, they said we’ve got police coming”. said Keith Perez, a neighbor.

“It must have been at least ten minutes before the first policemen came”

“I’m upset that the response just doesn’t seem to be there”, said Perez,

referring to the Rochester, NY Police department.

One woman described her attempts at calling 911, “You couldn’t get through, you couldn’t even get through, the phone was just ringing.”

“That’s the problem, we could not get through!” said the woman.


Rochester, NY Mayor Thomas Richards


Asked what he had to say about his officers’ response time, a Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said in a sarcastic tone, “We would have loved to have been here sooner.”

In the meantime, Marcus Freeman, who is considered to be armed and dangerous, is somewhere out there.


Marcus Freeman,
wanted in double shooting which left
one person dead.



Watch the video above as Rochester, NY Mayor Thomas Richards, guarded by Rochester Police officers, do the “no comment” shuffle, when I ask him what he thinks about what neighbors are saying regarding the RPD’s response 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.