Skip to comments.Emily Good to sue Rochester Police Department (videotape at traffic stop)
Posted on 06/28/2011 1:39:35 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
The Rochester woman whose run in with the law with her iPhone and made national headlines, plans to file a lawsuit claiming Rochester police violated her civil rights.
Donald Thompson, attorney for Emily Good, told News 10NBC's Ray Levato Tuesday they may sue the individual police officer involved in her arrest, the Rochester Police Department, "any or all of the above and that's something to be discussed and considered."
Good was arrested in her bare feet and pajamas while standing in her own yard one night in May while taping a traffic stop that happened in front of her 19th Ward home. Good kept recording even after an officer asked her to stop and go inside. She was charged with obstructing government administration.
Monday, the District Attorney's office asked City Court Judge Jack Elliott to dismiss the charges because a review of the evidence showed there was no legal basis to prosecute.
Thompson says, "Her stated reason for video taping in the first place was that three white officers were stopping a young black male. And she's obviously attuned to social issues and concerns. There's nothing wrong with monitoring the course of those proceedings to make sure the correct procedures are being followed."
Thompson says says the lawsuit will claim a violation of Good's civil rights under the guarantees of the First Amendment. He said they will either file it in state or federal court.
"There was no crime that she committed here," says Thompson. "There was no basis to arrest her. There was no reason to forcibly take her from her property. It's a violation of her civil rights."
"It was pretty far over the line," says Thompson. "That's why it went national. "
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This abuse must end. I hope the thug loses his job and is charged.
I agree. Too bad it’s a leftist assclown that’s gonna win all that money. And her lawyer.
>>I agree. Too bad its a leftist assclown thats gonna win all that money. And her lawyer.<<
Who cares about the money? This is a victory of liberty over tyranny.
And lefties have rights too.
Either way,taxpayers will get to pay.
After watching the video numerous times, she'll lose the case.
Regardless. It’s still too bad a leftist assclown and her lawyer are going to win all that money.
Liberals are my enemy and the enemy of my country. I don’t give a $hit about the “rights” of my enemy.
Good thing she wasn’t taping three black cops who stooped a WHITE motorist. She probably would have been SHOT!!
Maybe. Depends on a few things. If the city can prove that the cop had been trained otherwise and acted out of the scope of his duties, and had no prior problems with this clown they may escape the suit. Also, in federal court, punitive damages are frequently assessed against the loser, not the taxpayer, in civil rights violation cases.
But you do agree that the cop was wrong? A victory over tyranny. And this is not an isolated case.
The fact that this case is so nationally prominent is important. It puts cops on notice, they ARE going to be held accountable.
The victory over tyranny FAR outweighs any monetary reward IMHO.
You can’t deny the woman’s rights because you disagree with her (and I don’t think you do). That’s not American.
You must have seen a different video than the rest of the world.
Either that, or you’re drunk and got on the wrong thread.
Haven’t watched it. Evidently the cops have been writing parking tickets on her pals when they were at her house. Didn’t notice if the tickets were written before or after this incident.
It's a shame she can't make her case without playing the race card.
Great public relations in an era of shrinking police department budgets. /not
Here, you need to watch the original video.
Soldier Dad needs new glasses,or a civics lesson, apparently. How anyone can defend this is incomprehensible.
More cops more crime.
More Dads less crime.
Support you local DADS.
No, I watched this video, numerous times. Others on this thread, and another, apparently are not very good with their observational skills with respect to the positioning of this woman relative to where the officers were standing. Any good attorney for this office will use the video to show that the officer acted appropriately.
Sure, there might be a paycheck coming out of this, but it makes her look venal.
She should have just taken a pass on the cash and done the right thing for it's own sake.
And here are Rochester’s Finest, retaliating against citizens for speaking out:
SoldierDad, are you in support of this too?