Rochester police harass supporters of woman who was arrested for filming cops from her lawn
By End the Lie
Recently I was contacted via e-mail by an activist and documentary filmmaker from Rochester, New York named Davy V. concerning the plight of a woman who was arrested for filming a traffic stop from her front yard. The story of Emily Good is a perfect example of the growing trend of law enforcement officers harassing, arresting, and even beating people for filming them. Fortunately, these officers didn’t brutalize Good, as it is an all too common occurrence.
One basic fact that must be established is that it is completely legal to film a public officer on a public street in which there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. You have every right to film every single traffic stop or public encounter you have or see anyone else having. Emily Good was arrested for legally filming a public servant on public property from what should be the sanctity of her own property. I find it hard to believe that anyone could watch the following video and think it was a legitimate, justified arrest.
To be fair, we do not know what she said before she started filming, which the cop refers to, although she asks him to repeat what she said to him and he fails to do so. That statement from the officer very well might have been an attempt to make the video seem as if she started filming after she had made threats to the officer or some such thing.
If anyone is reading this and feels they can justify the police officers’ actions, I would love to hear what you have to say in the comments below.
This fiasco just gets worse, Davy V. e-mailed me the raw video of the Rochester Police Department harassing supporters of Emily Good who were meeting at a local community center. While real crimes are going on, multiple officers devoted their time to giving people tickets for being parked 13 inches away from the curb.
Thankfully, the video and story have spread far and wide, giving this case a great deal of attention. Unfortunately for the R.P.D., this means no amount of petty parking tickets can mitigate the consequences of their actions.