Rochester, NY Police Chief Refuses to Take Any Disciplinary Action Against Officers Despite Their Committing Perjury in Front of a Grand Jury (CopBlock.org)
Wednesday August 1st, 2012
The video shows the intersection of Conkey Avenue and Avenue D, on Rochester, New York’s eastside.
A few seconds into the video, a four door, light colored sedan is seen coming to a complete stop at the intersection.
Then, the car proceeds as normal.
Almost instantly, a light can be seen shining on the vehicle, then not one but two Rochester, NY Police cruisers, do a u-turn in the intersection, and follow the sedan.
The light that is seen in the video, is Rochester Police shining their spotlight in blinding fashion, in Mr. Jeramie Barideaux’s face, the driver of the sedan.
What would happen next, would land an innocent man, Jeramie Barideaux in jail four months.
Rochester, NY Police officers Rob Osipovitch and Ryan Hartley lied about Mr. Jeramie Barideaux not coming to a complete stop in order to have a reason to pull him over and conduct an illegal stop and search of his vehicle.
They then claimed to have found a weapon and drugs in Mr. Barideaux’s vehicle.
What they failed to realize is that through the power of video, their lies were caught on camera.
It turns out, a City of Rochester video surveillance camera located high above that intersection, recorded Mr. Barideaux coming to a full and complete stop.
Eventually, Monroe County Court Judge Daniel Doyle, after watching the video, dismissed all charges against Mr. Barideaux, stating in his decision “it was an unreasonable stop… based on the review of the video, there’s no ambiguity at all that a car being operated by Jeramie Barideaux did come to a complete stop before the police stopped the vehicle.”
But not before Jeramie Barideaux had served 4 months incarcerated, away from his family.
And, not before Rochester Police officers Rob Osipovitch and Ryan Hartley, lied and and falisified police reports, and committed perjury by testifying in front of a Monroe County Grand Jury that Mr. Barideaux did not come to a full stop, when as the video proved, he did.
And Rochester’s top cop, Police Chief James Sheppard, has so far refused to in any way shape or form discipline officers Osipovitch and Hartley, despite there being solid evidence that his officers lied and committed perjury.
So I called Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard’s office, and spoke with Mary Ann. I asked for Karen, whom I had spoken to yesterday and who told me that someone would be getting back to me to answer my concerns.
But no one ever did.
Karen, very rudely stated to me “You know, just to let you know, you can speak to anyone else here and they can answer your questions.”
I then tried explaining to Karen that no one had gotten back to me, and I asked her for the number to the RPD’s Public Information officer.
Karen, again in a very rude tone of voice told me “I can’t give you any numbers, all I can do is transfer you.”
I then told Karen that I did not understand why she was being so rude and unprofessional towards me, and I informed her that as part of my job as a writer, I would be quoting her, and documenting our conversation on my blog.
Karen then, in the middle of me talking, transferred me to RPD Sgt. Justin Collins, where I left him a message on his voicemail.
And so, it’s business as usual when it comes to the Rochester, NY Police department, and it’s long history of misconduct, corruption and coverups, and rogue, lying officers.
Officers such as Rob Osipovitch and Ryan Hartley who violated their sworn oaths to uphold the law, and who betrayed the Constitution of the United States of America, by lying, setting up an innocent man, then committed perjury in front of a Grand Jury.
Business as usual with a Police Chief who refuses to take any action against Rochester, NY Police officers Rob Osipovitch and Ryan Hartley, despite there being solid evidence that they lied, and committed perjury, and as a result, an innocent man spent 4 months in jail,
Business as usual, within the Rochester, NY Police department where rude and unprofessional staff hang up the phone on taxpayers.
Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard
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. 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.