We have had quite a bit of success identifying bad cops in Rochester, New York in recent months thanks to posts like this one asking the public for help reviewing video footage of police misconduct in that city. Just last month we asked the public who the Rochester cops that pepper sprayed a 9 year old girl were and thanks to help from volunteers we were able to identify them (https://copblaster.com/blast/34412/what-are-the-names-of-the-rochester-cops-that-pepper-sprayed-a-child). We are trying to do the same thing now that body camera footage has been released of Rochester Police body slamming and pepper spraying a black mother in front of her three year old child.
In a cruel twist, Judge Teresa Johnson issued a warrant for the victim's arrest today after prosecutors failed to drop the charges filed against her by the arresting officer. Judge Johnson's official reason was that the victim allegedly failed to appear. We are not sure who the prosecuting attorney is in this case yet, so if you know who it is please let us know. This woman has already been punished enough. Even if she did shoplift something that day she didn't deserve to be treated the way she way. That should be punishment enough.
Please take a look at the video below. If you recognize any of these officers or are able to read a name tag on a uniform please post that information in the comments section of this page. You might want to use Open Oversight to confirm your suspicions (https://openoversight.com/department/14). They maintain a large database of Rochester Police Officers. You can also find their names in the RPD Open Data Portal (https://data-rpdny.opendata.arcgis.com/). Now we just need help figuring out which of those names belong to the people in this video. To be honest we have not have time to thoroughly review the footage ourselves yet, so don't be surprised if you spot something obvious that is not yet mentioned on this page.
UPDATE: We have learned that two of the officers involved in this incident were also involved in the pepper spraying of a 9 year old black girl in late January. We believe to have identified one of them from our earlier coverage. We are in the process of confirming this and will post an update when we solidify things (https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/watch-live-police-accountability-board-discuss-officers-pepper-spraying-woman/).
UPDATE: At 10:02 we recognize an officer that was involved in the pepper spraying of a 9 year old girl earlier this month. We recall that man standing towards the rear of the squad car in the bottom screenshot at https://copblaster.com/blast/34412/what-are-the-names-of-the-rochester-cops-that-pepper-sprayed-a-child at 4:59. We had originally misidentified him as Adam Bradstreet, but have since learned that Bradstreet is actually the guy photographed at https://copblaster.com/blast/34416/rochester-officer-adam-bradstreet-involved-in-pepper-spraying-girl and he was not involved in this incident due to being either suspended or placed on paid leave.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, after checking our records we have realized that we do not know the name of the officer seen at 10:02 at this time. In the earlier case he was not a priority because he was just standing around.
UPDATE: We have identified Officer Dakota Vanbrederode as being the wearer of the body cam number two (https://copblaster.com/blast/34454/rpd-officer-dakota-vanbrederode-idd-at-scene-of-body-slammed-mom).
UPDATE: A local reporter in Rochester sent us a DM on Twitter saying that the trespassing charges against the victim in this case have been dropped.
UPDATE: The cop reading a children's book to the girl is Jason Hess https://copblaster.com/blast/34455/jason-hess-identified-trying-to-comfort-child-whose-mom-was-assaulted
UPDATE: The Sgt. who arrived later was Benjamin Caruso. The officer that drove her home at the end was Alexander Elmore.
UPDATE: The body slammer has been identified as Ethan Paszko. We recognized him right away from an article we wrote last month about him failing to intervene when a 9 year old girl was pepper sprayed. Learn more about Paszko at https://copblaster.com/blast/34456/rpd-officer-ethan-paszko-idd-as-body-slammer-of-mom-with-3-year-old