Emily Good Arrested While Recording Rochester, N.Y. Police Traffic Stop from her Yard
A Rochester, New York woman was arrested while legally recording a police traffic stop from her front yard.
According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and the Huffington Post, 28-year-old Emily Good began recording Rochester police officers who stopped a vehicle driven by a black male in front of her Aldine Street home around 10pm on May 12. She was standing in her front yard as she shot the video. Also present was her neighbor and friend Ryan Acuff. They were concerned about the possibility of police misconduct and wanted to capture any wrongdoing on video.
Officer Mario Masic then turns to her and asks “You guys need something?”
“I’m just– this is my front yard– I’m just recording what you’re doing. It’s my right,” Good responds.
“Actually, not from the sidewalk,” Masic erroneously retorts.
“This is my yard,” Good counters.
“I don’t feel safe with you standing behind me, so I’m going to ask you go into your house, you understand?” Masic asks.
The exchange deteriorates into a heated confrontation, and Good ended up in handcuffs.
“The real reason they arrested her was because she was videotaping,” Acuff opined. According to the Huffington Post, both Good and Acuff are activists who have previously protested area home foreclosures.
Good was charged with second degree obstructing government administration, although under New York state law, she did nothing wrong.
Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, wrote to Rochester mayor Tom Richards: “While it may be understandable that your officers had a heightened sense of awareness, that is still no excuse for them not to recognize a citizen’s right to take photographs or video of an event occurring on a public street.”
According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Osterreicher said that such incidents involving police and citizens “are happening across the country on almost a daily basis.”
Good is scheduled to appear in Rochester City Court on Monday.
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