Cleveland Cop Exposed as Cop Block Troll

Luis Rivera


Anonymity on the internet continues to be a thing of the past after a Cleveland cop was exposed as most likely being the same person leaving hate-filled comments to a writer of Cop Block then following it up with a hate-filled email.

While the comments are not threatening, therefore not illegal, they can easily become grounds for termination under the conduct unbecoming of an officer policy, which is enforced every once in a while.

Especially if it is determined that Cleveland police officer Luis M. Rivera made those comments while on duty.

Davy Vara, the recipient of the comments, has already been in contact with the Cleveland Police Department, who confirmed that Rivera works the graveyard shift from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The initial comment regarding the suicide of Vara’s father was left at 1:12 a.m.

The woman who took Vara’s call today recommended he call Rivera’s commander as well as Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath on Monday, which Vara plans to do.

It started on November 14 when a commenter named BuckNut left a comment on an article Vara wrote on Cop Block stating the following:

Vara, whose father killed himself in 1993, has frequently posted that his heart has never healed from the suicide and that it is the driving force behind his activism as he explains on his blog today.

The comment wasn’t too hard to trace. All it took was plugging in the commenter’s email address,, into Facebook’s search engine, which lead to a man named Luis M. Rivera, who describes himself as a “Garbage Collector” for the City of Cleveland, a man with a plethora of friends who happen to be police officers.

And a quick search on his IP address,, was traced to  “City of Cleveland Municipal Courts.”

Once Vara found Rivera’s Facebook page, he sent him a message in Spanish stating, “eres un cabron,” which is essentially calling him an asshole even though the word translates to goat.

Within minutes, Vara received an email from somebody using an anonymous proxy server stating the following:

The First Amendment protects us all, including police officers, but it does not protect us from being exposed for making anonymous offensive comments on the internet.

And it does not protect us from losing our jobs either as a Dallas Redditor named Michael Brutsch aka Violentacrez recently learned after he was exposed by Gawker.

In 2009, an Indiana State Trooper named Chris Pestow was forced to resign after making questionable posts on Facebook while on duty.

Like Rivera, Pestow also described himself as a “garbage man” on Facebook, stating that  “I pick up trash for a living.”

I messaged Rivera on Facebook for comment but he has not responded.

In August, a former Mississippi cop filed a lawsuit after she was fired for criticizing her town’s mayor on Facebook for not sending a representative to the funeral of an officer killed in the line of duty, claiming that her First Amendment rights were violated.

But Susan Graziosi’s comments were not nearly as offensive as the comments allegedly left by Rivera as you can read below. At least to the average citizen.

“Dear Mayor,” Graziosi wrote on her Facebook page, according to the lawsuit, “can we please get a leader that understands that a department sends officers (to) the funeral of an officer killed in the line of duty?”

Police officers are not the only ones who have lost jobs over their postings on Facebook. Last week, a California woman lost her job after posting on Facebook that President Barack Obama should be assassinated.

But in the above three cases, the comments were not even made anonymously.

Anonymous commenters, as we know, tend to be much more vicious. But they also leave the commenter with much more to risk as Redditor Violentacrez learned last month.

For the record, I will not expose any anonymous commenters, including police officers, who leave comments on this blog unless they are threatening or completely pass the line and that will always be a judgment call.

But I also ask that my readers remain civil and respectful, even if we disagree. And we do actually do that, especially compared to other news sites.

The best thing to do as I’ve always emphasized is to not say anything online you wouldn’t say in person.

But judging by Rivera’s comments to Vara and his description of his job, you can only imagine how he treats citizens in real life.

Update: Rivera has since confirmed he is BuckNut but insists he did not send that email to Vara and is now threatening to file a lawsuit, which is the cyber equivalent of thumping one’s chest, considering a lawyer would have to be as dumb as he is to actually waste his time with a suit like that.

This is what he wrote on Cop Block:



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  • David Ortiz

    they just keep proving it over and over again. intelligence in not required to be a cop. in many cases, it’s frowned upon.

    • zedge

      To be a cop you have to be smart enough to put two and two together but it doesn’t have to add up to four.

  • O. PINE

    To think that this man is a police officer and can pull over my niece or wife on a dark road at night is scary. We must not allow secrecy in public service. Especially enforcement. It is a matter of national security that all local and state government operate transparently at this point. We can see where secrecy has gotten us and it’s failed. I believe that Luis M. Rivera would never have gotten hired if there was a citizen’s oversight committee. These committees are the bridge for deeper understanding between the police and the communitY AND IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.

    • Tony Johnson

      I agree totally. People like this who can stop you, put handcuffs on you and place you in a police cruiser is scary. Next thing you know your tased while handcuffed and wake up in a hospital. That is if you wake up at all. The scarier thing is that there are police commission and police unions who will defend this guy

  • Mark

    Exactly the type of cop you want out of the force.

  • Someguy

    Violentacrez was from the Dallas, TX area. Not Houston.

    • Carlos_Miller

      Thanks, I corrected it.

  • stew

    C Platoon? Motherfucker, you’re a pig with a badge, not a Soldier, Sailor, or Marine.

    • Virtualfrog

      This is the military mentality of cops. Most have not and never will serve in the real
      military. They are two much of a coward mentality. The little old lady does not
      shoot back and can be tased easily. Being a wanabe is easier than “Manning up”
      as he says. As a Viet Nam vet I see it often.

      • Howdy Dowdy

        as an ex serviceman i totally agree with you, the shameless cowardice of some police officers is off the charts

  • Kaiser

    If you still have the email he sent, anonymous proxies commonly put the originating IP address in a header. If you click “view source,” “show full headers” or similar, you might see an X-Originating-IP or similar header with some identifying information.

    • Carlos_Miller

      Davy forwarded me the email last night and I did as you said but I really wasn’t sure which IP address belonged to whom, so I didn’t look into it further.

      But here is the cut and paste from the header if anybody else knows what to look for.

      Subject: Luis M. Rivera
      Date: November 17, 2012 6:54:20 PM EST
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      Received: from ([]) by with ESMTP; 17 Nov 2012 16:54:25 -0700
      Received: from [] by with NNFMP; 17 Nov 2012 23:54:21 -0000
      Received: from [] by with NNFMP; 17 Nov 2012 23:54:21 -0000
      Received: from [] by with NNFMP; 17 Nov 2012 23:54:21 -0000
      Received: (qmail 28923 invoked by uid 60001); 17 Nov 2012 23:54:20 -0000
      Received: from [] by via HTTP; Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:54:20 PST
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      • KenBankers Is the originating IP how ever it looks like a masking IP. Have fun with it.

        • KC2IDF

          Masking? No. It’s dynamic. belongs to Time-Warner Cable in the Rochester, NY area.

          • Carlos_Miller

            Davy lives in Rochester and the email was forwarded. I’m not really sure if the original IP would remain on a forwarded email.

        • KenBankers

          Then your probly out of luck enless he can look at his copy.

      • haley zoo is in Rochester NY. The ISP is Road Runner. With the IP number and the time, the ISP can be compelled (with subpoena) to reveal the identity of the customer using the IP at that time. The time was Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:54:20 PST

        Does anyone know why is in the headers? Replying to that address? That is Friends Of The Onion RO1 Anonymous Remailer

    • Guest

      Sorry to inform you, but anonymous emailers do not put the originating IP. He wasn’t bouncing thru a transparent proxy.

  • Howdy Dowdy

    an unfit officer, he’s unstable

  • haley zoo

    This guy Luis Rivera is a real piece of garbage. He really shows where his head is at.

  • Cynic in New York

    A scumbag cop acting like a scumbag? Say it isn’t so?

  • Celestial4caster

    Unfortunately for the people in Cleveland, this is one of the police bully’s that need to be picking up the trash and he should not dealing with the public in any other capacity. If I were a police administrator in Cleveland, I would be very concerned about an individual like this. I am sure there is a future brutality case that will involve this so called officer of the law. Unfortunately, about 10% of any profession are bad eggs…here is one of them.

  • $379629

    “man up”? Bwahahaha. Says the guy who hides when talks shit. Where I’m from, we call those guys “punk ass”.

  • coastx

    Ah I had a conversation with this fellow on the same site. Very messed up psychologically. He can’t handle being challenged. His closing remark to me was, “That real enough for ya?” Some people should not be in law enforcement, and this monster is such an an example. He’s a predator. They look for opportunities to hurt people. Good to see they got him.

  • johnamitchell

    What a disgrace. I wish he really were a garbage collector. That is a job more fitting for his level of intelligence, and probably integrity. By the way, Rivera, you are a PUTO. And I stand behind that. AND I am a real man and am not hiding behind an internet pseudonym.

  • Drew41

    LMAO! This guy has you ALL exactly where he wants you