Rochester Police Department officers Matthew Drake, Steven Mitchell, and Jeffrey Kester were caught on store surveillance cameras brutalizing David Vann and are named in a federal civil rights lawsuit along with the city of Rochester and several other officers alleging police brutality, violations of Mr. Vann’s constitutional rights, and a police cover-up. Mr. Vann is represented by Elliot Dolby-Shields of Roth & Roth LLP; the lawsuit was filed on May 16, 2018.
The anti-police brutality group Enough Is Enough recently released to Rochester Indymedia an edited video of the incident, that occurred on September 4, 2015 at the A&Z Market on South Avenue in Rochester, NY, as well as the store surveillance camera footage. (The complaint alleges that David Vann entered the store around 11:00 pm. The actual assault, via the surveillance camera footage, took place closer to 11:30 pm. In the criminal trial, it came out that the surveillance camera time stamp was something like 13 min. fast. This was also noted in the complaint that can be read in the Rochester Indymedia article. Link below.) The group screened the edited video at the Intersections of Rebellion and Accountability panel discussion held in late May. Members of Enough Is Enough were present at Mr. Vann’s criminal trial (where he was found not guilty) and received the footage directly from him at that time.
Read the full Rochester Indymedia article at: http://rochester.indymedia.org/node/147955
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