This is beyond outrageous. I am without comment. You write the reaction.
Thorough update added below which includes background on the story, new video, surprising reaction from fellow officers, and retaliation from Rochester police against supporters of the woman arrested, Emily Good. The updates are even more interesting than the original video itself, if that is possible.
Here is the original background on this story which explains in more detail the events surrounding the arrest of the 28 year-old woman, Emily Good. Read this story first.
Next we have the controversy that has now erupted in the wake of Emily Good's arrest.
Finally we have a very thorough update on the story from Carlos Miller, which includes video of the Rochester police department retaliating against neighbors and supporters of the woman arrested.
Complete details are in the story below - Recommended reading.
Included in this link are comments from police officers that support the victim emily good, and not the officer. It makes for very interesting reading.
UPDATE - All charges have been dropped against Emily Good.
Get the details from the DA's office here:
Good's attorney, Stephanie Stare, had asked for the charges to be dismissed. In court Monday, the District Attorney's office says based on a review of the evidence, there was no legal basis to go forward. The charge was withdrawn and the judge dismissed the case.
Good was asked if she would do it over again. "Yes, I would do it again. And I would encourage other people to do the same thing. Carry a camera. Stand your ground. Go to the scene of flashing lights and observe what's going on. Keep a safe distance."
KaeLyn Rich, a spokeswoman for the Rochester office of the New York Civil Liberties Union afterwards called city police actions "a disgusting disregard for an individual's First Amendment rights to videotape in public spaces. I hope we can repair the relationship between the community and the police by holding police accountable, and making sure police officers are getting the training they need to respect people's constitutional rights."
A joint statement issued by Mayor Tom Richards, City Council President Lovely Warren and Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard says they support the decision of the District Attorney's Office to dismiss the charges against Good.
Click here to watch the video of Chief Sheppard's statement.
The statement continues, "We believe that the incident that led to Ms. Good's arrest and the subsequent ticketing for parking violations of vehicles belonging to members of an organization associated with Ms. Good raise issues with respect to the conduct of Rochester Police Officers that require an internal review. A review into both matters has been initiated."
"Police officers must be able to cope with a high degree of stress while performing oftentimes dangerous duties, relying on their training and experience to guide their behavior. As routine as a traffic stop may appear, it has proven over time to be a potentially dangerous activity for police. Nonetheless, police must conduct themselves with appropriate respect for the rights of those involved or who are observing their actions."
"Whatever the outcome of the internal review, we want to make clear that it is not the policy or practice of the Rochester Police Department to prevent citizens from observing its activities - including photographing or videotaping - as long as it does not interfere with the safe conduct of those activities. It is also not the policy or practice of the Department to selectively enforce laws in response to the activities of a group or individual. This has always been the case and it is being reinforced within the Department, so that it will be abundantly clear to everyone."
Thorough update added above which includes background on the story, new video, reaction from fellow officers, and retaliation from Rochester police against supporters of the woman arrested, Emily Good. The updates are even more interesting than the original video itself.
All charges have been dropped against Emily good.