Good Citizen, Bad Arrest: New York Woman Arrested After Videotaping Police — From Her Own Front Yard

There is a new report of police arresting a citizen because she videotaped them (below) — this time from her own front yard. According to his report, a woman named Emily Good was arrested after videotaping an arrest of a man at a traffic stop in Rochester, New York.

What is most disturbing is that the officer is clearly manufacturing a reason to stop her from videotaping and arresting her. They clearly can see that she is not armed and she responds clearly to their statements, including saying that she will step back a foot as demanded by the officers. From the fact of it, it appears an abusive arrest and another case of punishing citizens for filming police — which is not a crime.

After the woman correctly states that she has a right to videotape the arrest. The officer then thinks about it and says “I don’t feel safe with you standing behind me, so I’m going to ask you to go into your house.” The police officer is identified on some sites as Officer Mario Masic.

Notably, at this time, the man was already in cuffs and being put into the cruiser. This exchange occurred after he was put into custody. The officer then adds “You seem very anti-police … due to what you said to me before you started taping me.” When she asks what statement he is referring to, he then escalates further to say that she will be arrested for failing to obey his commands.

We have seen continued arrests of citizens for videotaping police — viewed as a more resource in addressing police brutality and abuse. This trend has continued (here) despite court rulings in favor of citizens. Politicians have done little to reaffirm the rights of citizens in these cases and officers are rarely subject to discipline for such arrests.

There is no report of any investigation by the Rochester Police Department in light of this disturbing video. Clearly, other officers and presumably at least one prosecutor participated in bringing this charge, which appears both meritless and retaliatory. We will continue to follow the story to see if any action will be taken.

Source:
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Jonathan Turley

84 thoughts on “Good Citizen, Bad Arrest: New York Woman Arrested After Videotaping Police — From Her Own Front Yard”

  1. Wow…don’t you feel so much safer living in the Great US of A…….LMAO
    Mind you, Canada will not be much behind with our new dictatorship.

  2. “In case you missed it, we have been living in a police state for quite a while now. ” -LarryB

    And don’t I know it. Many just aren’t seeing it and/or don’t really care… or they take the “it’s always been this way” position. Out of sight, out of mind for some. But make no mistake, we’re headed towards a fascist state, given what I’m seeing. We’re in terrible trouble in these United States, but if it remains hidden, good Americans will be none the wiser (until it’s too late), except when a cop can’t control himself and gives us a little glimpse of what’s really going on out there…

  3. In case you missed it, we have been living in a police state for quite a while now. American citizens have been asleep at the wheel for too long. Demand that this “public servant” be fired! It is our civic duty to make sure this is not allowed to happen.

  4. What is most regrettable is that if the woman sues everyone in Rochester will have to pay for it- oh how I wish the officer responsible would have to pay himself- take his savings, his pension and his property (car, house, etc.).
    “Sorry kids you can’t go to college because I illegally arrested people.” -Joeey LaRusso

    There you go. Good idea…

  5. I am with Frank on this. These kinds of arrests have probably gone on for as long as there have been police.
    The answer is simple- require that police understand the law and have zero tolerance policies like they do for kids with scissors is school.
    What is most regrettable is that if the woman sues everyone in Rochester will have to pay for it- oh how I wish the officer responsible would have to pay himself- take his savings, his pension and his property (car, house, etc.).
    “Sorry kids you can’t go to college because I illegally arrested people.”

  6. rafflaw,

    It’s so bad out there, rafflaw…

    I couldn’t agree with you more, but I’m losing hope… There are way too many “control freak” cops, as you say and they’re ruining for the good ones, for whom I’m also grateful…

    Hope you enjoy your holiday and time with your son… Precious moments… I’m happy for you…

  7. anon nurse,
    I think you may be right, but I hope we are both wrong. This kind of abuse in authority is becoming all to commonplace. It is time for the public to protest these police abuses. It is bad for all of the good cops who are getting a bad name from these control freaks.

  8. Frank wrote: “It will be interesting to see how this plays out; either policing will have to change, the filming will have to be prohibited or we will have to openly admit we don’t care as long as it is not happening to us.”

    It’ll probably be the latter, though it gives me no pleasure to think or say it. (I’m grateful for the Emily Good’s of the world…)

  9. Professor Turley,

    You could do a public service and start a website urging people to post their videos to YouTube and tweet them with #copwatch, #tsawatch, #professorwatch.

  10. When I interview a new hire, I always pull my cell phone out of my shirt pocket and ask the candidate if he/she knows what it is. When they say “cell phone’ I remind them they are only partly right, that it is also a video camera with about thirty minutes of recording time in its memory. And then tell them, “Every fifteen year old has one and knows how to use it.” Then show them that I can upload to YouTube without ever having to plug it into a computer.

    Then I show them a couple of YouTube videos of misconduct by officers and ask them if they really want to be a “star” of YouTube with three million people watching them do something stupid. The response is usually what I want–no one wants to be an idiot and have their Chief try to explain to a news crew why one of his officers did something truly stupid.

  11. This is also how the Black Panthers started when they simply insisted on observing police conduct. It is also why the cops declared war on them.

  12. Well I hope the city of Rochester has lots of insurance. She will be able to move to a better city after she wins her lawsuit.

  13. My two cents: You are correct in stating that the RPD is not investigating the event but that is because the investigation was handed over to the state.

  14. This is a case of intimidation and retaliation by the arresting officer. He was clearly the aggressor in this situation. His threatening tone and verbal exchange, along with his shining the light in the face of the woman as he advanced towards her (onto her property) was clearly an escalation of intimidation in a threatening manner on his part.

  15. My sense is that this sort of abuse has always been going on. The only thing that has changed is people ability to record it. It will be interesting to see how this plays out; either policing will have to change, the filming will have to be prohibited or we will have to openly admit we don’t care as long as it is not happening to us.

  16. The police are apparently concerned about something…could it be that they are worried that they will be seen doing something wrong? The police conducted themselves like spoiled children. If they have nothing to hide, they should have nothing to fear. The real crime here is that a citizen doing nothing illegal on her own property was arrested like a common criminal.

  17. “I don’t feel safe”—a bunch of cops are afraid of this woman with a camera. Then he implies she said something earlier and it appears that she didn’t. I hope she sues their asses. If the dipshit prosecuter ever runs for DA, this would be the perfect counter ad and it wouldn’t hurt as a question to the current DA.

    Funny, too, that they released the guy they arrested at the traffic stop. I guess he was just “driving while Black”.

  18. You cannot question authority…..Abbie…where are you…

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