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?
My glasses are for far vision, not near. I can defend the actions because he acted appropriately. This woman was out to obtain notoriety, and find any reason to file a law suit. I find it infathomable how anyone would support this cretin.
After. Issued citations on a very broad street (high snow area during the winter, so streets are broad) for parking more than 12 inches from the curb. That’s being a public nuisance under color of authority,
Haven’t watched the video, but based on the article it looks like the cop acted like an idiot. No question.
Stupid cops are still going to act stupidly. You can’t fix stupid. Rodney King incident didn’t put anyone on notice. Crap like this keeps happening so that ain’t working because you can’t fix stupid.
Screw liberals and screw their rights. They are the biggest tyrants in the country. Let me clue you in. They would put you in a reeducation camp if they could get away with it. Be as noble as you want. As for me, they are our enemy and need to be treated accordingly.
Fire the cop and charge him with unlawful imprisonment if the case merits it, but no money for the leftist swine and her shyster.
Okay, you got me to flip back again. I was all about how this chick was in the wrong for suing.
Now I think I need to lawsuit to go forward to prove copsuckers wrong.
However, since your eyesight is shot out, when the verdict comes down, I promise I will read it to you.
Yet another person who wants to equate something that happened somewhere else with what happened in this case. As appropriate, I take these case by case, and do not try to paint all LEO’s with a broad brush of totalitarianism.
Oh, I’ll look forward to you, or anyone else who supports this woman, reading the outcome of her bogus lawsuit when she loses.
§ 1949. A nuisance consists in unlawfully doing an act, or omitting to perform a duty, which act or omission  annoys, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health or safety of others ...
Maybe you’re right.
But Big Tough Policeman should have thought of that as a possibility before acting like an ass.
I hope it puts pressure on this cop from his supervisors, and from the public.
The main thing, this abuse got exposed on the national stage (a very important thing) and it shines the spotlight on what is becoming a pattern of abuse nation wide.
Maybe the “crass” lawsuit will at least keep the issue before the public long enough to be helpful.
That could be a wonderful and very healthy side-effect, rather than let the story be buried and forgotten.
Gonna be fun shoving yer nose in this particular urinal.
And don't think I won't. I've been known to come back YEARS later and make fun of wrongheaded Freepers like yourself.
I think the lawyer is looking for some quick shakedown money. He doesn't want a trial.
“...and do not try to paint all LEOs with a broad brush of totalitarianism.”
You ARE drunk, aren’t you?
Thanks. Watched it. Looks like the cop was out of line to me. “I don’t feel safe with you standing behind me.” What a crock.
Yeah, right. And, I suppose that you’d “HIT IT” when it comes to this liberal loon too? I’ll look forward to that crow that you’re going to be eating.
Looks like harrassment by the cops. Payback, if you will. If true, terminate all of the offending officers.
I have seen a bunch of videos where the cops are abusive and try to intimidate bystanders to prevent them from being videotaped. I have seen videos of cops going after people standing a block away to keep them from being videotaped. That was not the case here. I think if this woman had even moved back to her porch and continued taping, she would have not been arrested. But for her to be standing a few feet away, after apparently expressing her anti-cop sentiments, could reasonably give the cop a reasonable fear for his safety and the safety of others.
Want to put a little scratch on that?
My wager: She wins a lawsuit or the city settles.
Did you happen to pay attention to this woman’s proximity to the traffic stop in making your determination? Are you of the opinion that the officer could not have possibly felt unsafe with the person there because she’s a WOMAN? I have a challenge. Next time you see a traffic stop, or any police action for that matter, try walking up within a few feet of the officers and see what happens.
Sorry, I don’t gamble - ever. I don’t bet on football games, not even the pools at work. But, I’ll still look forward to that meal of crow that you’ll be enjoying.
Too bad the individual officer that made the wrong choice doesn’t have personal consequences, like having to pay it or have his personal liability insurance dinged.
Cops should be required to have a form of “malpractice” insurance.
The underwriters will make sure that malpractice is penalized monetarily, or by dropping them (which would preclude them from being cops).
I guess I don't blame you for running away.
Apparently we are hitting upon a brick wall with these people here. They have decided (Judge, jury, and executioner) that the office committed an egregious crime against a law abiding citizen, period, end of story. The evidence of the woman’s own video means nothing to them.
Oh, I’m not running. I’ll be here when you lose. Enjoy the crow.
Too bad you won’t put your money where your mouth is. I’d like this loss to hurt ya, meaningfully.
If he was “polite and asked her numerous times just to” take her clothes off,
would that be OK?
She was on her own property, videotaping, saying nothing, and not interfering in any way.
Their were other people on the lawn. The cops ignored them.
The guy said “I feel unsafe” or whatever. Really? The other cops didn’t. One kept his back turned.
This was a case of Contempt of Cop. No WAY was this little wisp of a woman gonna disobey “MY ORDERS” in front of his buddies and the bystanders, without somebody paying. No matter if the order was unreasonable.
It’s important to note that the DA dropped the charges against the woman, and said there was NO EVIDENCE the woman deserved arrest.
I think it is apparent that this woman was seeking exactly what she got - an incident that would make the cops look bad and would give her a big payday. Did you hear her at the end of the video? Crying about how she was sorry, and she didn’t know why she was being arrested...
If you watch the video, the cops were handling the original suspect properly - no abusive language or rough treatment - nothing to indicate racism or abuse of power.
I’d love to know what this woman said to the cops before she turned the camera on - that would be a big factor in whether the cop was justified in feeling unsafe having her too close behind him.
So that's the mentality you're dealing with.
Liberals, by themselves, don't worry me much. They are really only dangerous when they have the authority of government behind them.
Government thugs, however, worry me A LOT! Every law, or in this case "order", is enforced at the point of a government gun. Since there was no "law" against what the woman was doing, the government thug got to just make one up.
That any of us "own" or have a right to our property anymore is pure fallacy. Too bad the taxpayers will be on the hook for this. I'd rather see her take everything the cop has, so he and his family ends up living out of a shopping cart.