Skip to comments.Charge dismissed against woman who videotaped police encounter (Rochester NY)
Posted on 06/27/2011 2:32:01 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
(CNN) -- Prosecutors dismissed a charge Monday against a community activist who was arrested while filming a police encounter with her iPod camera because she was concerned it was initiated by racial profiling.
"I'm feeling vindicated, I'm feeling energetic" Emily Good, 28, of Rochester, New York, said of the decision to have the charge dropped. Good had been charged with obstruction of governmental administration when she began videotaping the interrogation of a black man by three white officers in front of her house on May 12, she said.
"Based upon the evidence, we could not make out the elements of the crime charged," Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney Sandra Doorley said.
Good said she intends to file a civil suit.
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One day, when she wises up and becomes a conservative (hopefully), she'll be a great asset to the cause of freedom (hopefully).
Regardless, this is a victory for liberty and a black eye for tyranny.
Hope the cop is fired.
“...we could not make out the elements of the crime charged...”
This is lawyer speak for...what?
Had she been within her home and taping through the window, would she had been arrested as well or in refusing to answer the door, have it knocked down by the cop?
We are in scary times.
It is a victory for freedom. If the police are doing nothing wrong then there’s nothing wrong with recording them on video as they do their duty. A cursory glance at You Tube will show that police abuse is all too common anymore.
The cop AND the Chief should be fired:
Those nutty leftists had a daytime rally the next day in that neighborhood, right? Well like 5 cop cars came there and ticketed the cars of all those rally people for —get this-— being more than 12 inches from the curb.
It was CLEARLY an effort to intimidate people the police were chosing to see as their enemies.
I had those lefties, too, but...in this case they were RIGHT.
CLOSELY RELATED. Check THIS out!!!
This is YOUR country....!
No lefty victims at all there, they might as well be freepers.
as if she needs a reason
P.S. Rochester is a stinkin' Dem welfare city.
“Good” for her! Must be the Officials in Rochester read my post from the othrer day.
Rochester Police Arrest Woman For Videotaping Them From Her Front Yard
Saturday, June 25, 2011 3:04:35 PM · 83 of 206
faucetman to Chunga85
Mazzeo says, City police officers write ticket every night after parking enforcement officers leave for the day. And if theres a parking infraction they come across in their patrol areas, they will write those violations. Thats part of their job.
This is the kind of crap that leads to RIOTS. Why cant the police admit that they made a mistake and all those ticket are void and they wont hassle those folks again. Ya know.... apologize.
Maybe they ticketed those cars legally, but everyone knows it was retribution.
Let the woman out of jail and apologize to her as well as the community for overreacting.
Where is the harm in doing so? Race riots wont be far behind. This is just the sort of thing that can trigger it. Rochester has a history of riots, I used to live there.
That’s the District Attorney, and it is lawyer-speak for “There was no crime committed, the arrest was false, and the jackboot-thug cop is in deep doo-doo.”
At least that’s what I think it means.
If I were a police officer,I’d welcome citizens videotaping me on the job.
She’s a lefty loony... Her boyfriend was on Coast to Coast and after listening for ten minutes I switched it off. Hope the cop keeps his job
Da Po-lice is whack!
Exactly. The cops expect us to ACCEPT the fact that we are under their surveillance, 24-7, and it’s for our “own good.”
And at the airport, they think get to photograph under our clothes.
But let some citizen point a Flip cam at them, and out come the night sticks, pepper spray, or handcuffs.
This is a defeat for tyranny, to be sure.
The idea that some cop thinks law abiding citizens need to "obey my orders" on their own property when they are committing no crime is ridiculous.
He should be fired before somebody gets hurt.
The idiot cop's charges were baseless.
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110627/NEWS01/110627014 She’s a screwball activist of some sort, here she is wearing her “Food not bombs” T-shirt. She says she might sue over First Amendment rights
I agree that this was a very clear intimidation effort by uniformed minions of the establishment. We saw a visual picture of the enforcement with a car being ticketed because it was a 0.5" further from the curb while parked at a citizen's meeting to discuss the arrest of Ms Good. All of the police officers should be forced into retraining (at a minimum) for the supremacy of the US Constitution over their superior's orders.
the cop was very polite with this Obama voter....she is a loon who was videotaping trying to expose racial profiling of drivrers....you figure that one out.
Another sniveling little commie agitator like how Obama got his start
The way they wrote the law required that you had to do a specific thing. Contempt of cop was one of them. Those cops who later went to that location and issued a ticket or tow have a problem.
I did a random google search, and found this gem.
It's from the Rochester Police Department site, and they're BRAGGING about how many video surveillance cameras they plan to have trained on citizens! NO JOKE!!!:
"Reducing criminal activity is a top priority for the citys Mayor and the Rochester Police Department.
These leaders have taken a stand against crime and prioritized a significant amount of time, money, manpower and technology to reduce crime, protect residents and increase business opportunities within the city limits.
Video surveillance is a proven tool in monitoring, analyzing and even shifting crime and terrorist activities. Because of this, the amount of cameras deployed in public surveillance applications continues to grow.
Current forecasts anticipate more than a billion cameras will be installed in the United States alone over the next five years. The city of Rochester is no exception.
The city envisions video surveillance as a powerful tool that augments the abilities of its officers, increases situational awareness and enhances safety."
One point that is valid, a cop doesn’t need the hassle of being filmed and have the person doing the filming suddenly pulling out a gun.
That's because you are honest in your endeavors, the cops who protest, object and arrest people for recording them have something to hide, they are scared and fearful their actions are not lawful and the video will show it.
I remember some Philly police allowing a freeper to get his ass kicked by union goons, because they didn't agree with the Freeper's politics.
Then the police charged him.
That's the mindset you are aligning yourself with.
Whether or not the police officer was ‘polite’ is not the issue.
Rather, the issue is that a police officer intentionally made a false arrest. “Because I said so” is not the basis upon which the determination is or should be made as to whether or not a police officer has made a lawful order or a legitimate arrest.
And that is exactly why the cops are all too quick to arrest you, then destroy your phone, camera, video tape when you do record them.
That is the point many here cannot seem to grasp, that police corruption, abuses and misconduct are out of control and the police are trying to cover it up by arresting people who dare to record them.
So, was it possibly a set up??
But why did the cops have to be soooooo stupid as to show up with rulers??? This is what she AND HER FRIENDS might win a lawsuit on...
The First Amendment protects every American.
Even lefty loons.
And that’s not just a ‘straw man’ argument, it also provides cops with justification to shoot *anyone* they want.
Got a video camera? The cop shoots you because you might have a gun, too!
What about a can of ScotchGard? You ought to be shot because you might have a 90mm anti-aircraft gun in your pocket!
KEYS? You say you have KEYS in your hand? You should be SHOT because those keys muight give you access to a place that MIGHT HAVE A GUN!!!
All kidding aside, if you can’t stand being video recorded then don’t be a cop.
Because nowadays, that's more or less what the majority of cops do... act stupid, violate your rights and break the law.
Well, who can argue with that?
It is also valid that a cop doesn't need someone driving by and pulling out a gun. Likewise, they don't need someone peacefully observing from inside their house and pulling out a gun.
"During a public meeting to discuss support for Emily Good and issues on police accountability, the Rochester Police Department appeared at the Flying Squirrel Community Space to harass and intimidate attendees."
Racial profiling?? You're stupid if you don't use it. It'sw plain common sense...no profiling about it.
I was born in Rochester. I won't even go into those areas now. And if I must...I roll up my windows with the hope of deflecting the bullet. I kid you not. It's horrible.
Not in dennisw's eyes... see, to dennisw, if a cop is somehow involved, the cop is always right no matter how damning the evidence is.
“jackboot-thug cop is in deep doo-doo.”
The depth of the doo-doo is directly related to the skills/resources of the law firm she retains.
Agree. Screw that cop. He was doing what he was trained for when he got caught - excessive authority, unreasonable authority, and stock legal phrases. Throw him in the unemployment line. Even if she is a kook, she was within the same rights I’d expect for myself, jack-booted thug cops notwithstanding.
So if you film the cops, you are a “community activist”?
I would expect nothing less than you throwing in with a commie agitator who is protesting against “racial profiling” of some kind. You need a checkup from the neck up.
>>Hope the cop keeps his job<<
Where do you idiot bootlickers COME from?
You want citizens harrassed and/or imprisoned for their political beliefs.
You are on the wrong continent, in the wrong decade. You belong in early 1930s Eastern Europe.
Please tell me you’re not an American, because that would be a crying shame.
I'd love to be a fly on this wall when these three meet.
She had a right to film no doubt. The officer should have just tried to talk with her about keeping a safe distance for everyone there, including her.
Let’s keep in mind that she went out there specifically because she thought that three white cops should not have been talking to a black guy, a black guy they arrested for some reason. She went out there to stir up the whole racial profiling BS.
Wonder if she is as quick on the camera when the local flash mob is breaking into cars and beating old people down...
lol... you haven’t got the barest clue what real fascism and real police oppression is. These lefty activists are prima donnas and their freeper supporters are not much better
Probably the best thing to do, for the cops, is for one to keep his eye on the filmer to ensure that is all that is happening is film being taken.
“Lets keep in mind that she went out there specifically because she thought that three white cops should not have been talking to a black guy, a black guy they arrested for some reason. She went out there to stir up the whole racial profiling BS.”
You got it! She’s a sniveling little agitator community organizer just the way Obama started out
I agree, dead. It is ASTOUNDING to me the colossal stupidity of those who obviously have no concept of liberty from government oppression.
dennisw actually believes and says out loud, with apparently no shame, that the woman should lose her civil rights, be forcibly removed from her property whoile committing NO CRIME, and lose her freedom via incarceration, because he doesn’t like the way she or her “boyfriend” THINKS?!?!?! (hello “Thought Crime”),
And the way the boyfriend “sounded” on a radio talk show???
He has a true jackboot mindset. That’s what we fought WWII to defeat.
UN. FRICKIN. BELIEVEABLE. from someone who (I guess) proudly calls himself a “Freeper”???
Why would a camera make someone more likely to pull out a gun?