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.


Jonathan Turley

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

  1. wow, I don’t think you’re a police officer or a law enforcement officer. However, if you are one, I do not want to associate with you at all. You absolutely have no idea how much you have disgusted me with your retort about how she deserves to be arrested. Here’s a wake-up call: NOBODY “deserves” to be arrested just because it’s your opinion. I will only arrest people when it is necessary and when it follows the letter of laws.

    If I ever end up with a partner like that one who arrested a woman who was videotaping the arrest, I would ask my supervisor for a new partner ASAP because there is no way I would want to end up with someone who would be so abusive of other people’s rights, who also probably lies about what is happening on their reports, implanting evidences like small stash or a small knife with a blade that’s over the city’s length limit.

    I despise corrupt/abusive/sadistic police officers because they have been nothing but constant waste of our taxpayers’ money (lawsuits, false arrests leading to courts only to be let go, stalking pretty girls they pulled over, etc) and they always deplete the integrity of other good police officers.

    Here’s an example of what happened in Miami and I am hoping that the more people becomes more aware of what is going on, they will speak out against the atrocities committed by police officers who are doing nothing but infringing on citizens’ rights.,0,2852576.story

  2. Wow…
    I’ve stated before that the cops have it bad. I’m on their side. I’ve gotten my share of speeding tickets – that’s all, unfortunately for your unkindly rant that ‘all of those ‘individuals who are making this video something that it is not, all probably have a record of some sort’- But it’s always been politeness with ‘yes sir’, ‘no sir’ when I needed to respond to a police officer. They have a tough job.
    But -bottom line here- what that police officer did to a person who was in her own front yard -and I’ll even give you she didn’t really need to be running the camera– was disturbing.
    As I also said, I’m not for people that act like the camera person has done in the past. Really don’t like those types of folks.
    It’s just that it’s so troubling to see what that police officer did.
    Yes the murder rate is atrocious in Rochester and the cops are doing their best against a despicable element.
    But that does not give that police officer the license to act as he did that night.

  3. yeah, you can’t film the police when they are at work. now i’ve got to go, there’s an episode of cops on.

  4. wow:

    Another courageous statement by someone who lacks the guts to even identify himself. Poor propaganda piece to boot.

  5. WOW,

    You are not a LEO or if you are you are a dirty LEO. If you have nothing to hide then why worry when someone is standing on there own property. BTW, unless a police necessity they can stand lawfully on their own property. They can even toss paper on the property that they lawfully have the right to be and not be arrested for littering….I know….I did it…cop gave me a ticket for a misdemeanor not committed in his presence, I tore it up and tossed it in my own yard. Whats the offense? Beside stupid..and yes I was very inciteful in my youth….

  6. A law enforcement agency with whom I consult is in the process of implementing a program where every officer is wearing a tiny camera capable of low light vision and high definition. A personal version of the dash cam. Not just part of the force, but every single officer. I am not sure how it is recorded, whether it is remote or high capacity flash drive on the officer. I just found out about it. An excellent step in the right direction that will protect not only the officer, but the public as well.

    As far as the comment by user ‘wow’, all I can say is that you need to get a grip. I have been working with law enforcement for about forty years, and yes, have been on patrol and worked in high security environments with some of the most dangerous offenders you will never hope to meet. A woman standing on her own lawn making a video of an arrest is no threat unless you see a weapon. “Standing behind me,” my ass. I am confident that he would have said nothing to her, right up to the point where he realized he was on candid camera. And ‘wow,’ I am the guy you have to talk to before you will be reissued your badge and gun after such an incident. I am pretty careful and do not want to get to my office to find a CNN crew waiting for me because some idiot I passed did something stupid. I do not hesitate for a minute to send an officer into early retirement if I think they are a danger to themselves or the public.

  7. Until you all are put in a Police Officer’s shoes you should all be quiet. It is an officer safety issue for any person to be standing behind a police officer while an investigation is taking place. If you are not all aware of the news and the police killings that are taking place across the United States, then I suggest you read up. After reviewing the ridiculous video that was posted I believe the officer asked the woman several times to go back in her house. He was also very polite until the woman refused to follow orders. He warned her several times that if she did not go back into her house she would then be arrested, she then got what she asked for. Recording an officer during an investigation is not orderly. I think that it is very funny that the public today is worried about the safety of their families, due to all the violence and killings in Rochester NY. Yet when the police go around and try to pull the individuals off the street who are causing the issues, a stupid woman like the one who got arrested would be recording their investigation to be a smart ass. In today’s society you never know anymore, and the officer above did what he thought was right. The individuals in the video are very ignorant, and I hope nothing ever serious happens to their families or themselves because if I was the police I would tell them to go F themselves. Rochester’s murder rate is very high for the size of the city, and justice needs to be served, yet when the Police act, accusations come up and the police aren’t acting as the public would like. Why don’t you go do what a police officer does every day, see what they see. You probably cant, because the individuals who are making this video something that it is not all probably have a record of some sort. I think its disgusting how the world is today. Maybe we should just let everyone go around breaking laws, and start killing each other. Unfortunately the Police will always be hated by the public eye, and that’s terrible. The public only likes the police when they need them. I hope the ignorant woman in this video enjoyed a nice night in jail.

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  9. AY,

    I agree because, unfortunately, I worked beside a few of them.

  10. FF LEO,

    I can speak from experience, that this is common for some officers….the only difference between some of the LEO’s and Criminals….is who holds the keys to the jail cell….

  11. By the way… Just sent the previous statement -word-for-word- to the listed address for Chief Shepard and get a ‘need to add recipient’ when the recipient is clearly listed. What’s up with that?

  12. Do it like they do in other big city’s….Get them after they leave a bar, take em behind a warehouse, have the officer put on gloves, beat the crap out of the individual, leave them there and dare them to complain…..

  13. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

    -John F. Kennedy, In a speech at the White House, 1962
    35th president of US 1961-1963 (1917 – 1963)

    (at the end of the clip posted by mespo)

  14. “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.”


    I guess “V” was right — they are:

  15. Look it… cops have it bad. Certain deplorable elements have no respect for the police and that’s why we are where we are at.
    Having said that… The policeman in question had no rightful reason to do what he did and embarrassed himself and his police department for his stupid actions.
    “I don’t feel comfortable with you behind me…” Is that the line we are going to hear -if the courts and the police department do not hold this policeman responsible- from here on out? Is that -often times- lame excuse going to be good enough to quash any so-called unwarranted filming of police action from here on out?
    I certainly can see this situation becoming valid if the person filming was being abusive, disrespectful, or NOT IN HER FRONT YARD. I often have no concern -or favor- over folks that act like this camera person has in the past. But geez… She was just in her front yard. No swearing, nothing abusive being said.
    Also… The fact that the officer first asks the camera person if he can help her makes his statement about her possible earlier comments seem false.
    This needs to be dealt with…
    First of all the policeman needs to be held accountable for his stupid actions and second of all, the police department cannot just sweep this under the carpet.
    This was a despicable and terrible thing to witness.

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