Friday, September 15, 2017

Brighton, NY Police Chief Mark Henderson; Professional and Accessible

Brighton, NY Police Chief Mark Henderson 

By Davy V.

Friday afternoon, I walked in to Brighton, NY Police Headquarters on Elmwood Avenue and asked to talk to Chief Mark Henderson.

I wanted to talk to the Chief about a personal matter involving my family.

A matter which I have chosen to keep private, at least for the time being.

His secretary Diane, a very courteous and professional woman told me the Chief was at lunch.

I told her I would wait.

She left briefly, then came back saying she had spoken to the Chief, and that he told her to tell me that he'd be back in 10 minutes.

Less than 5 minutes later, Chief Henderson pulled in the parking lot.

Less than 5 minutes after that, Chief Henderson greeted me with a firm handshake.

We walked into a room where we had a good talk for nearly a half hour.

Why I went to meet with Chief Henderson in the first place, has nothing to do with why I'm writing this.

This isn't about that.

This is about Chief Henderson.

Let me explain.

In my more than 20 years as a police accountability
activist, no police chief has ever shown me they are accessible, or that they gave a shit about hearing me out.

Not once, has a police chief given me the respect, of putting any obvious differences we may have aside,  and meeting with me.

But Friday, that all changed.

Brighton, NY Police Chief Mark Henderson, who admitted he watches my YouTube channel DavyVTV, and who is a strong supporter of the First Amendment protected right to record, became the first police chief to be willing to sit down with me, a veteran police accountability activist, and do one of the most simple, and important things that a human being being can do for another human being--listen to them.

And for that, for being a man, and for showing me the respect of not only meeting with me, but perhaps more importantly, of listening, of hearing me out, I not only thank Chief Henderson, I commend him.

Brighton, NY Police Chief Mark Henderson during our closed door meeting.

I always tell officers to try to make every interaction with citizens, especially the youth, a positive one.

Whether it's getting out of their cruisers and throwing a football around, or waving to a young person as they drive by them, or giving kids a high five and a free Slurpee coupon like Brighton, NY Police Officer Mark Skidmore did with my daughter, I always tell officers to never underestimate just how much of an impact a positive interaction with a young person can have in that young person's life.

And just how much of positive impact that positive interaction can have when it comes to "community policing", a phrase that is thrown around so much, yet not really taken serious by most law enforcement agencies.

Well, if more police chiefs were like Brighton, NY Police Chief Mark Henderson, willing to take time out to show citizens that they care enough to meet with them and to listen, it would go a long way towards good relations between law enforcement and the citizens they have taken an  oath to protect and serve.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

(UPDATED) Wegmans Food Markets Block Davy V. After Video Exposing Rodent Issue

By Davy V.


Wegmans Food Markets blocked me on twitter after my video exposing their rodent issue at their Pittsford, NY store.

Read my original story below.

By Davy V.

Tuesday evening I stopped by the Wegmans Food Market in Pittsford, NY, right outside Rochester, to pick up a few things.

That's when I noticed that the store is moving some shelving units around.

And that's when I noticed tons of mouse droppings on her floor, left there where a shelve unit once stood.

Check out the video below to see what else I saw.


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Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren Once Again Shows She's Above The Law

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren and her personal DJ in violation of NYS V&T Law § 1222

By Davy V.

Whether it's participating in nepotism, hiring her own uncle as head of her security detail and personal chauffeur, or illegally using campaign funds for personal use, Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren has shown she truly believes she is above the law.

That same self entitled, the law doesn't apply to me mentality continued just one day before voters hit the polls for primary day.

Take a good look at the photos below.

That's Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren and her personal DJ, riding in the back of a pickup truck through Rochester Monday, in a last minute effort to get support from voters for today's primary.

Mayor Warren criss-crossed Rochester on her campaign blitz, all the while riding on the back of the pickup truck.

According to New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law sub-section § 1222, riding in the back of a pickup truck, in other words in the cargo area of a pickup truck, is illegal.

Translation: ME or YOU would be ticketed for it.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

As Deadly Hurricane Irma Approaches Florida, CNN Will Do Just About Anything for News Ratings

By Davy V.

For years I've written about how mainstream news media outlets exploit tragedy in order to boost television ratings.

After all, ratings translate into big money.

And no mainstream news media outlet knows this better than CNN.

Take, for example, a disturbing tweet the cable news station posted on their Twitter account late Saturday night.

As deadly hurricane Irma was approaching Florida after having devastated the Caribbean, killing at least a dozen people, CNN, which has been exploiting and sensationalizing Irma non-stop, stooped to a disgustingly new low, by encouraging people to risk their lives by going outside and taking photos and videos of one of the worst hurricanes on record, and then sending those photos and videos to CNN.

All in the name of television news ratings.





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Monday, September 4, 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah Cop Gets Paid Vacation After Assaulting, Kidnapping Nurse

Salt Lake City, Utah Police Officer Jeff Payne kidnaps nurse Alex Wubbels.

By Davy V.

Two Salt Lake City, Utah Police Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, after a viral video shows a nurse being assaulted, kidnapped, and falsely arrested for doing her job, and following hospital policy.

The incident took place on July 26th, inside University of Utah Hospital, when Salt Lake City, Utah Police Officer Jeff Payne demanded that nurse Alex Wubbels draw blood from a patient who was admitted to the hospital after a crash.

When Wubbels refuses, citing hospital policy, the cop snaps, yells at her that she's under arrest, assaults Wubbles, grabbing her and twisting her arms, and dragging her out of the hospital.

In essence, kudnapping an innocent woman who was just doing her job.

Paid administrative leave.

In other words, a paid vacation.


BELOW: Salt Lake City, Utah Police Officer Jeff Payne


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Friday, August 25, 2017

Black Man Shot by White Troy, NY Cop Was Unarmed

A Troy, NY Police Officer holds a bleeding 22-year old Dahmeek McDonald down on the street after McDonald was shot by Jarrod Iler, a 5-year veteran.

By Davy V.

A black man who was shot by a Troy, NY Police officer was unarmed.

According to Troy, NY Police Chief John Tedesco, who originally had refused to say whether a gun was found on or near 22-year old Dahmeek McDonald, after he was shot by Troy, NY Police Officer Jarrod Iler, a 5-year veteran of the department, no gun was ever found.

In other words, McDonald was unarmed when he was shot by Officer Iler, who is white.

Troy, NY Police Chief John Tedesco

According to Chief Tedesco, McDonald, who was pulled over and shot twice in the shoulder and face by Troy, NY Police Officer Jarrod Iler around 6:40 pm on August 15th, near Eigth and Rennsaeler Streets, was wanted on a warrant for an alleged parole violation.

Rahkeem McDonald was treated for gunshots in the hospital, then thrown in the Rennsaeler County Jail.

As usually is the case, the Troy, NY cop who shot McDonald, has been placed on paid "administrative leave", which is code for a paid vacation.

Tensions in the upstate, NY city of Troy have been high following the shooting, with several protests.

Troy, NY Police Chief John Tedesco has referred the investigation into Officer Jarrod Iler's shooting of an unarmed black man, to the FBI.

Check back for more updates on this story.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Trump: In The End All This Says More About Us Than About Him

By MJ Vara

Here is my further understanding of Trump and the dynamics at work seven months in:

1) Yes, he is mentally ill (on some level, no doubt at this point -- people/experts are beginning to talk about it openly).

2) Yes, he has an immoral character and is ego-based -- on a massive, pathological level.

3) The previous two points add up to the as-yet-unofficial diagnostic category of "malignant Narcissism" -- or we can simply combine the two existing diagnoses of Narcissistic and Anti-Social Personality Disorders; in essence a sociopath.

4 Trump is stupid, undisciplined, and lacks effectiveness (many are not aware of his many failures as a businessman and how only "branding" and TV celebrity shored him up -- what serious businessman/billionaire would humiliate himself with a gaudy show like Celebrity Apprentice?).

5) However, there is a method to his madness...a dark, destructive method.

6) The goal is Trumpism, not a primarily ideological or political movement, but primarily in service to his ego... a "cult of personality" as was Stalinism, Maosim, etc. (Trump has no core values, he could've gone extreme left, but the "season" was ripe for going extreme right, as the ground was fertile for a GOP take-over).

7) Trump cannot legitimately expand his base beyond resentment-filled crazies by reaching out to "non-Deplorables" -- regular sane folks, principled Republicans, Dems and independents (he did in 2016, persuading enough independents/counting on dislike of Hillary, etc., to win the Electoral College (although a massive loss of the popular vote) but knows he can't do that again -- it was a fluke (some of the worst things in life happen as a fluke; but then gain traction/expand).

8) So, what Trump is doing (as often happens with characterologically disturbed persons in romantic relationships, on an individual level) is launching a sustained, hysterical, blunt attack on values, principles and institutions: inciting out-and-out chaos, division and insanity in the populace, hoping that itself will damage the nation; he seeks to create massive outrage on all sides (different reasons, obviously), spread resentment and hate, awaken and normalize previously taboo racism/prejudice, provoke opponents into shrill, extreme reactions (perhaps even violence, so his opponents look bad, and he can make his "all sides" false equivalency between neo-Nazis/white supremacists and liberals/the Resistance).

9) And thus Trump hopes to increase his 1/4 to 1/3 of his current hard-core, "he-can-do-no-wrong" supporters to at least 50%; part of his undisciplined, chaotic, "Trump-intuitive" (and perhaps effective, in the end) strategy is to crush the the more thoughtful, principled aspects of the GOP and complete his hostile take-over of the party, then he can have full control over it and it can be a vehicle solely devoted to Trumpism (obviously the GOP years ago abandoned thoughtful, principled, "philosophical" conservatism and allowed the "percolation" of these dynamics through birthism/Tea Party/Fox News/Sarah Palin type dynamics; I am not saying they are blameless by any means -- they dumbed-down their message and created two monsters: an unprincipled, stupid electorate and onerous, dangerous POTUS, that now they're unable to control and threatens the traditional GOP.

10) Remember: Nazism didn't develop/expand overnight; it involved initial period of preparing the soil/planting seeds/persuading the populace. I am well aware this cannot be a 1 to 1 ratio comparison historically, but it applies nonetheless; preexisting hateful sentiments have always been there, somewhat dormant in recent years, much as anti-Semitism was in Germany -- and the current "mad leader" techniques to expand it are underway here-and-now.

11) By using these techniques of resentment, fear, and hate Trump wants to expand his "Deplorable" numbers themselves -- rather than expand his base by diversifying or creating a "bigger tent" for the GOP (as major parties usually attempt, if half-heartedly at times).

12) Finally: much as with Germany 1930s, liberals and intellectuals may be underestimating how such tactics can work over time...and how stupid and evil can join hands and spread. In the end, Trump's character tests the charter of our nation... and whatever happens, whichever way this thing goes in the next few years, it says more about us than about him.

MJ Vara is a regular contributor on The Davy V. Blog. Check back to read more of his columns.