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POLICE STATE U.S.A. - Woman Arrested For Filming Cops From Her Front Yard (SHOCK VIDEO)

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.

Rochester Police Arrest Woman For Videotaping Them From Her Front Yard


Next we have the controversy that has now erupted in the wake of Emily Good's arrest.

Arrest of woman taping police sparks controversy - Update


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.

Rochester Cops Resort To Retaliatory Tactics Against Citizens Supporting Emily Good

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 The charge was withdrawn and the judge dismissed the case.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."



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Law enforcement may have to hire their own security for protection if they keep doing this.
Just thought I was PISSED OFF at the D.C. TAXI COMM. video & now THIS.
Jun 24, 2011 at 1:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterTR
USA going down the drain, litterally!!!!!
Jun 24, 2011 at 7:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterRade
The fact that law enforcement people think they can violate a citizens rights in this manner is unbelievable. What these self-righteous cops don't realize is people are getting fed up with this sh*t. Pull this crap on someone who is going to stand up for their rights and they might start something they can't finish.
Jun 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
This is a police state action. I hope that they find the cop guilty, put him in prison where he is raped over and over!
Jun 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterDetroit Bound
Another case of law enforcement being above the law. The cop saying he feels threatened by her is complete nonsense. Anyone should have the write to record anything from there homes. Cops have no rights to arrest her unless she was interfering with the investigation. The cops were interacting with her more so than paying attention to the arrest. She didn't seem to be talking or interrupting, she was just responding to the police when they spoke to her. Anyways these are troubling times we live in and the writing is on the wall of what to expect in the future. Don't be surprised when people vanish for speaking out against the corrupt government we live in.
Jun 24, 2011 at 1:41 PM | Unregistered Commentersmither
Isn't it strange, that the cops, are all for using any video the can find, when it for there purpous?
Jun 24, 2011 at 3:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterRex
I would like to know the rest of the story. Was she only detained until the preceding action was over then released? Or was she actually taken to jail. Just because she was placed "under arrest" and handcuffed does not mean she was booked in jail and formally charged with a crime.

To me it looked like the officer was being very calm and courteous. The officers need to be cautions of their surroundings especially at night because you don't know if the guy who was being pulled over called his buddies to come beat up or shoot at the officers so he can get away. He asked her multiple times in a clear and calm manner to go back in her house, when she refused he detained her for disobeying a lawful order.

Don't think just because she is a woman that the officers shouldn't feel threatened. Several officers I have talked to say women put up a fight far more often then men when being arrested. For all the officer knows she could be a girlfriend or mom who is going to go apeshit when her guy gets placed in the back of the patrol car. They are shown dash cam videos of officers that get shot when they let their guard down because the situation appears to be routine. Officers die when they let their guard down!
Jun 24, 2011 at 3:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Vega
Stupid Woman! Asking for Trouble! I bet she is a "deviant" all the time!

Hey! If the cop ask you to get back into your home, do it, bitch!

In response to this comment.

Your ignorant response is the problem with the United States and other countries. If your not in direct danger or interfering with the investigation you should be able to do whatever you want on your property.

The issue is not about the abuse of law enforcement, the real issue is the power that is granted and abused by the government in general. The moment we allow government to arrest whoever they want, go through your belongings without cause, kidnap people, and others. This will open a door to death and slavery. In fact what I have said has already happened and will continue to happen unless stopped soon.
Jun 24, 2011 at 3:58 PM | Unregistered Commentersmither
would like to hear what the city of Rochester has to say about it. Officer was polite and tried to explain a reason for such actions but I can see me being in this womens shoes and not liking it at all....
Jun 24, 2011 at 5:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrighton
Everyone misses the point. American culture has gone down the drain and the American people have become scum. The politicians and the police only reflect this change.
Jun 24, 2011 at 7:02 PM | Unregistered Commenterfschmidt
soon the police will pull this crap on the wrong person in the wrong neighborhood and the police will end up getting shot. This cop is a little pussy worring about a woman standing behind him. These guys are real tough with a defenceless woman, but even up the odds and the police will run like the pussys they really are. I can hardly wait.
Jun 24, 2011 at 7:06 PM | Unregistered Commenterjack nichols
To me it looked like the officer was being very calm and courteous. The officers need to be cautions of their surroundings especially at night because you don't know if the guy who was being pulled over called his buddies to come beat up or shoot at the officers so he can get away. He asked her multiple times in a clear and calm manner to go back in her house, when she refused he detained her for disobeying a lawful order.

In responses to this. I would like to know what was said earlier before the film took place. That might give us more perspective on this case.

"He asked her multiple times in a clear and calm manner to go back in her house, when she refused he detained her for disobeying a lawful order." Quote from Joe Vega.

Now this to me is not a lawful order. On this case the cop had no right to tell her what to do on her own property. Now if her or the police was under threat then that is a different story.

"The officers need to be cautions of their surroundings especially at night because you don't know if the guy who was being pulled over called his buddies to come beat up or shoot at the officers so he can get away." Quote from Joe Vega.

This part is true that they need to be cautious. They don't need to arrest everyone around the crime scene just because they might be a threat. If you go along that line of thinking, you most likely agree that TSA. The line of thinking that everyone is a potential terrorist.

Let just take the information we have though. If you notice that she is not doing anything but filming. She only speaks when spoken too. The cop seem to be more concern by the camera and her there then anything else.

I think it would be interesting to see how officers react to being watch by no camera and then with a camera. Same circumstances, the police officer pulls over someone. Someone stands in their yard and watches. Would the police officer have any issues with it? I wonder.
Jun 24, 2011 at 8:14 PM | Unregistered Commentersmither
The police didn't do anything wrong. They politely asked her to go in her house several times. She would have been able to continue filming from in her house thru the doorway. This is the real problem with America. People think they can do whatever they want and not listen to any kind of authority what so ever. When an officer asks you to do something, irregardless of how nosy you would like to be, just do it. Plain and simple.
Jun 24, 2011 at 8:19 PM | Unregistered Commenterg bo
I love it when the criminals in blue tell people to go into their houses, maybe that was Rodney King's cousin they had the cuffs on? Any time you can video tape police in action do it, could be interesting. But then again you could be shot for holding a cam. The cops wanted to beat the crap out of the guy, but were prevented by the woman standing on her OWN property, that pissed them off. It was a "oh shit" moment. Lets arrest her, then we can beat the crap out of both of then. It's known as a two'fer.

Just don't forget about the blue code of silence. YOU COULD BE NEXT.
Jun 24, 2011 at 8:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterInurface
I have an update coming for this story...all questions will be answered by the new video and links...
Jun 24, 2011 at 10:31 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
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.

Jun 24, 2011 at 10:48 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Grateful Dead : "I may be going to hell in a bucket, babe
But at least Im enjoying the ride"
Jun 24, 2011 at 11:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterTR
Quit bitching or you will get Martial Law......Just wait til you see what kind of "service" you may get then....AB
Jun 24, 2011 at 11:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterain't bullshitt'n
2 years from now we will look back and think today was the "Good Ol Days"............Martial Law, will be much more painfull. Soon the lawlwss law will do to what they did to Sunny. We will just disapere..........!
Jun 25, 2011 at 12:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

It seems like everyday something like this happens. Not everyone reads Thr Daily Bail. Everyone who watches this video should post a link in as many news outlets as possible, starting in your home town.
Jun 25, 2011 at 9:13 AM | Unregistered Commenterchunga
AB wrote "Quit bitching or you will get Martial Law.."

To put the U.S. under Martial Law the elite would first have to outlaw and confiscate 200 million firearms owned by 60 million Americans. A majority of that 60 million are not obese couch potatoes who bend over for authority every time they're told to. They will defend their right to bear arms.

Martial Law declared by, what has become obvious, is one of the most corrupt governments on the planet, would spark a revolution that would destroy the United States and the parasites know it.
Jun 25, 2011 at 11:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
Land of the free, home of the brave. LOL
Jun 25, 2011 at 12:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterCJN
Just watched this dummy on CNN with Don Lemon. She looks like a nut first of all. That aside, if a police officer tells you that you are distracting them from what they are doing and politely ask you to go in your house, you should do so. Film from inside your house if you desire. I actually find it amusing how she reacted once she realized that they were taking her to jail. Whether you are in your yard or not, when the police ask you to go inside and let them do their job, do it.

There are plenty of bonehead cops so I am not a police apologist. However, this woman wanted them to protect her neighborhood and they were trying to do so and she was distracting them from doing so. She had to come outside to watch a traffic stop hoping that it would be news and she could film something and be in the news herself. She was so happy to be on CNN, you could see it in her crazy eyes. Good job! You made the news dummy! I hope they do not drop the charges.
Jun 25, 2011 at 7:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh G
The second video supports the people of the neighborhood's sense that the cops are out of control. Cops showing law-abiding folks whose in charge and it ain't the law-abiders. Sick, corrupt cops. We've seen it before.
Jun 26, 2011 at 6:44 AM | Unregistered Commentergreenie123
Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search



Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia.
Jun 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
There is an active campaign to discredit Emily Good and it's in high gear right now. It's not working. There's thread running on Free Republic right now. By my count, those in the "pro-police no matter what camp" are in the minority by a wide margin.

This despite the efforts of a few who seek to obfuscate the issue with poorly executed propaganda.

There is NO political cover for this crap. The comments are amusing.

Jun 26, 2011 at 2:14 PM | Unregistered Commenterchunga
These bastards only feel like men when they are in a group. The didnt want the lady to film from her yard because they were planning to do harm to the guy they detained, maybe they were trying to rape him, rob him or kill him. Those bastards are called the United States police by orders of Obama,I am sure they were taken out of jails to play the police roll.
Jun 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
I wonder if the people defending the fascist thugs are not agitators. Nobody misunderstands the Fourth Amendment that badly. You need to put positive effort into that kind of stupidity. But hey, the state can always find a bunch of goons to carry water for them in online forums. It's sickening but, like they say in East Boston, "what are you gonna do?". I don't advocate violence though. It's not as if we are the indigenous in the forests being driven into new world extinction by firebombs and agent orange. That's the future for us but it hasn't arrived yet. We don't need to resort to violence entirely to stand up for the rights we actually have already won on the ground. This is a fascist rollback. Ordinary disobedience is in order; large scale disobedience. Most cops are scared little pussies who would shit their pants if the public refused to do as they are told. Did you hear the goon in the original video talking about "failure to follow police orders"? That guy is a real hoot.
Jun 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM | Unregistered Commentershines
it is time to arrest the cops...
Jun 26, 2011 at 5:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Shines...well said...i agree...we don't need violence...civil disobedience on a massive scale will do the trick nicely.
Jun 26, 2011 at 6:21 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
shines...this gave me a nice laugh...

I wonder if the people defending the fascist thugs are not agitators. Nobody misunderstands the Fourth Amendment that badly. You need to put positive effort into that kind of stupidity.
Jun 26, 2011 at 6:21 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Cool, confident, calculating little temptress with fair acting skills. Hope she gets a good payday. Cop could have SMILED and said "could I inspect your camera to make sure it is not a weapon?"
inspects weapon..."thank you, now please stand right over here and do not cross this line for your safety...ok? Have a good evening."

Cops need to learn that Americans will never accept being "RULED."
Jun 26, 2011 at 6:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterKarl
Funny how the cops take issue with this, yet cops film us continually... Traffic cameras, cruiser cameras, cameras at the bacon shop, cameras on their stings.
Jun 26, 2011 at 6:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
To all of you embeciles who comment along the lines that the woman (and all of us) should obey illegal "orders" just because the cops asked "politely" need to start getting some brain food in your suckass diet. I suppose if the cop asks you "politely" to stand on your head and sing the national anthem, that should suffice as a "valid" demand? Or when they start telling people "politely" to get on the cattle cars and buses and black SUV's for "relocation" then we should all bend over, smile, and say SURE officer, you're dressed in blueand have a shiny pot metal badge, so it MUST be ok! Many commenters are quite right: we are frickin' DOOMED because so many such-ass authority-worshippers permeate society, just waiting for THEIR chance to be the next prison guards and torturers and get thei ne ID's along with their "fair" share of the rationed butter and food and fuel from Big Brother.
Jun 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM | Unregistered Commenterrich
Watching the video of the cops ticketing cars for being more than 12 inches from the curb one thing struck me right off. Look at the arm of the Stooge Cop! He's tattooed and displaying his colors like some Gang-banger thug hooligan. Is this the kinda TRASH they're resorting to hiring to 'Protect and Serve' the people nowadays? That cop may think he's cool with all that ink on his arm, but I think he looks exactly like the piece of trash that he's playing the role of...
Jun 26, 2011 at 10:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe DaGroot
Had Rodney King video not been taped, and people in the Wide World had not seen those Rodney King beating video images, I would have said that this woman would be raped or molested by cops without a doubt and we would have believed any agrbage from police department.

Since at what point the tape starts and ends, it remains to be seen. However, the cop has violated that womans right to film any activity in front yard as she was peaceful and non-interfering in any obvious physical way (was using zoom of her camera at a distance of some 30-40 ft).

** However, the law says that front yard does not constitute the boundary or wall of the sactity of the home (not house).**
[cop could still justify invasion and storm into one's home to apprehend your guest who does not enjoy same sanctity rights as the homeowner]

Recent Supreme court garbage disposition that cop can anything to do inside or outside you walls of home, even aggresively intrude, destroy things in process, to just "find out". Find out what? Anything. Failing to find still does not constitute any violation of 1st, 4th or 5th amendments, or even the Bill of Rights in any manner. These are the powers of the Police State. For what? Corporate control of people. "The Dream" that US was is permanently lost beyond any recovery as rapacious legislations are "allowed" legal framework at the behast of greedy corporate world. Bravery of citizen like this woman is rare to be found.

Woman, I hope you are ok and well. You are my heroine in the vain of Patrick Henry.
Jun 26, 2011 at 11:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterPrachi
The nazis could make their own laws too. Next, you will have to go into your house anytime they tell you too. No more freedom. It is still legal to film in a public place. Can they arrest you for video taping from your window? What's next? Aushwits for video tapers? Ron Paul for president!!!! Our only hope.
Jun 26, 2011 at 11:31 PM | Unregistered CommentercommonSENSE
It might be good to look up the addresses of these petty tyrants and make sure their cars are in 100% compliance with the law, and then cite them if they aren't. What goes around comes around.
Jun 27, 2011 at 1:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterBob Dobbs
Shine - good post. Violence and threats of violence is "their" modus operandi.

Let's stay on the high road and insist that this extreme indifference to the law stop immediately.
Jun 27, 2011 at 9:19 AM | Unregistered Commenterchunga
"I would like to know the rest of the story. Was she only detained until the preceding action was over then released? Or was she actually taken to jail. Just because she was placed "under arrest" and handcuffed does not mean she was booked in jail and formally charged with a crime."

" Joe Vega" (author of above comment) is one obvious gov't shill on this comment board. Or he's a complete idiot. Notice how he is trying to make this all seem normal by questioning what she may or may not have been charged with, when the real issue here is that the police have absolutely no business even talking to this law abiding citizen standing on her own lawn.

Soon this outrageous police harassment will all seem perfectly normal -- just like knowing how our troops torture people has become, and spooks like "Vega" are subtly trying to bring this about.

Jun 27, 2011 at 9:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterJolly Roger
Well, they let her go today.......that dident tell any of us here anything new. She was neaver guilty in the first place..."Dam Right" they had to let her go...... But ?

She brought it on all by her self, I dont feel sorry for her for that, Why, let me tell ya's...................!

Its our right but thats where it stops. The cop knew dam well it would get threw out, with out a dought. He did it, as all the "Lawless" cops n judges do today just becouse they can..

Ya See, he knew she wasent going to shut her mouth and go inside. He also knew she would get off.. He also knew he would have the last say.....hes the cop with the badge, and that is the final say.

By insisting she is doing nothing wrong he knows he will show her he still has the last word, and he hauled her ass in. Its no skin off his ass and he knows it. When Ever You disobay an order from a cop, good cop or bad, he then has the last word, and he knew it....

He gave her more than pleanty time to back it in, but "NO" Its my right, and indeed it was... Got not a crap load of right, but she "Dified" his order, thats all thAre is to it.

So next time a cop tells you to do ANYTHING, JUST DO IT..........THE Cop felt great man haulling in a person for refuseing his comand. Its what he gets off on.

Were not in 1959 any more. Its not about whos right anymore folks. Its about who has the last say, and the bad cop always wins......Push him, and he will prove it to ya.......

Oh, you'll get off alright. But look at the greif he was able to put you threw, becouse you had the Balls to disobay a direct order, and thats what its all about......

Dont Piss-&-Mone, when you bring it on all by your self. Its only gona get...."Worse'er'er" from here on out...........Dar's Word...
Jun 27, 2011 at 9:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Who the F*CK are policing the cops when they behave this way??!!?!!!!????? I'm helping to spread this to the rest of the world. Those cops WILL NOT get away with this!
Jun 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterCaroline
Cops are out of control all over this country. Please join up and organize at (www.copblock.org) and let's make a difference together.
Jun 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterThe Equalizer
this is what the biggest gang in amerika does. The gang is not only the cop, its all government agencies.

If I was in the world I would have a camera with me at all times!

But sadly the cops will investigate themselves and find that there was no wrong doing what so ever on the part of the cops.

It sorta like auditing your own taxes for the IRS and coming to the conclusion that you paid the correct tax...........................

Jun 29, 2011 at 11:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterSheila
be glad you are in Amerika where these clowns actually may go to prison for thier crimes - In Kanada - the police here have been completely out of control for years - NEVER - NOT once has a cop gone to prison for crimes committed in uniform - the judicary and they work hand in hand giving them immunity e.g. G20 cop-fed riots.

No much to crow about - at least there is a chance for these over-paid armed goons to be dealt with - Peace - Lokis June 29 11
Jun 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterLokis
We need to start utilizing USC Title 42 Sec 1983 more people. Start suing the human detritis PERSONALLY who do this, for violating our civil rights! Go to startpage.com and research Sec 1983, NOW!
Jun 29, 2011 at 12:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterJeanette
There are a few police swine comments here, who can't spell or construct proper sentences either.
This PUTRID SCUM somehow got the notion, that they have the "right" to order you around, tell you what to do on your own property, even if in no way shape or form are you part of, or interfering with, their activities.
Obviously they have the notions they are some kind of bosses over you, an you the peasnt just have to do as you are told by them.
Even Gerald Celente recently commented of American police completely out of control, and behaving like Nazi and/or Communist THUGS.
Jul 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM | Unregistered Commenteranonymus
"Just because she was placed "under arrest" and handcuffed does not mean she was booked in jail and formally charged with a crime."

She was detained against her free will and dragged through the criminal justice system simply because the officer felt inconvenienced that she was standing up for her rights and behaving well inside the law.

Cops are bullies, plain and simple.
Jul 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterFormer MP Instructor
Jan 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM | Unregistered Commenterbiplu
Police officer caught on camera handcuffing a FIREFIGHTER as he was rescuing victims of a rollover crash on the side of a busy highway


Firefighter Jacob Gregoire, 36, was cuffed and held in a California Highway patrol squad car for 30 minutes after he refused to move his firetruck
Fire officials insist the 12 year veteran was following his training and parked the truck in a manner meant to shield all persons at the scene - including police - from busy traffic
The incident comes after multiple battles between police and fire crews in southern California

A long-simmering feud between San Diego-area fire departments and police came to a head Tuesday when an officer handcuffed a firefighter for not moving his truck as he was trying to rescue victims from an accident.
Video from the accident scene shows a California Highway Patrol officer arresting Chula Vista firefighter Jacob Gregoire, 36, after refusing to move a fire truck positioned to shield rescue workers and accident victims from fast moving traffic along the side of a busy freeway.

The unidentified CHP officer cuffed the first responder and put him in the back of a squad car for 30 minutes, according to CBS 8, which also reported that CHP officers and firefighters have battled over accident scene protocol in the past.


As a former Fire Chief, I can say that the firefighter followed proper procedure. Had I been there….
Feb 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM | Registered CommenterJohn

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