Disabled Man Assaulted by RPD While Waiting for Bus
On May 1st, 2013, Benny Warr was waiting for the bus in his wheelchair at the intersection of Bartlett St. and Jefferson Ave., near his home. As he was waiting for the bus, a Rochester police cruiser rolled up to the intersection. The officers exited the car and according to Warr, asked him what he was doing.
"I told them I was just waiting for the bus. I was being polite," he said to me in a brief phone interview today.
The next thing Warr knew, he had a face full of mace and three officers punching and wrestling him out of his wheelchair where he was further kicked and beat while on the ground. A savvy citizen, who goes by the handle Shakur Muhammed on YouTube, started recording the incident with her phone just before Warr was violently forced from his chair.
After Warr was arrested, he said he was taken to the hospital where he was released and given an appearance ticket. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He's scheduled to be in court next week.
Watch Shakur Muhammed's video of Benny Warr being assaulted by three RPD cops (any ads are from YouTube and not Rochester Indymedia):