May 9, 2013
Just when I think the Rochester, NY Police department can’t sink any lower, they manage outdo themselves!
A video recently posted on YouTube shows a very disturbing incident.
Two Rochester, NY Police officers are seen assaulting Benny Warr, a disabled man in a motorized wheelchair, who was waiting for the bus near the intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Bartlett St. on Wednesday May 1st.
Although the video is shot in an upright position, limiting the shot to 1/3, and is not the best quality, it’s clear that Warr did nothing to warrant this use of force.
At one point in the video an RPD officers grab Warr, lifting him off his wheelchair, and throwing him onto the sidewalk.
The woman who recorded the video, Shakur Muhammed, can then be heard saying “Stop, why is you kicking him?”, as a third Rochester Police officer arrives on scene.
At another point in the video, an RPD officer is seen pushing Warr’s wheelchair out of the way, and then placing his body weight on Warr’s arms as he appears to be pushing down on the disabled man.
In another part of the video, Muhammed makes a comment that one of the RPD officers assaulting the disabled man has been harassing neighborhood residents and is mad because he was punched in the face earlier.
This is interesting, as it shows that the RPD officer may be assaulting the disabled man as a way to get his frustrations out over a completely unrelated incident, that has nothing to do with the disabled man.
Towards the end of the 2 minute and 50 second video, RPD officers are seen staring down a group of bystanders which includes Muhammed, the woman recording the video.
An RPD officer is then seen waving his arms, as he tells people “Let’s go, let’s go, come on, go!”, obviously upset that their assault of a disabled man had been recorded on video.
This is typical behavior of the thugs with badges which make up the Rochester, NY Police department.
Warr was taken to the hospital and given an appearance ticket, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Jefferson Avenue residents say it is not uncommon for Rochester Police officers to assault innocent people.
Ever since Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard announced Operation Cool Down last year, saying that his officers would stop citizens if they don’t have a bell on their bikes, I said that all Sheppard was doing, was giving his already rogue, racist officers, a ‘free pass’ to abuse innocent citizens, just like they did to this disabled man.
Next thing you know, RPD Chief Sheppard will say that Benny Warr’s wheelchair didn’t have a bell on it.