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Emily Good in Rochester: What Happened?

Officer approaches Emily Good, demanding that she stop taping.

Growing up in Wayne County with a lot of bored cops who harrassed kids with long hair, I’m disinclined by nature to side with cops in circumstances such as the big Emily Good news. The video clearly shows the cop arresting a woman who insists that she’s done nothing wrong and is on her own property. And I can’t help noticing the flashlight that is pointed directly at the camera, which seems at first blush to be intentionally blinding the camera.

But while we’re waiting on context, here’s a few things to consider:

  1. Someone took the camera phone off Emily after she was arrested, and there were certainly plenty of people watching. How many? One person on her own property is one thing, but a crowd milling around the cops might be provocative. In fairness, though, he should expect a crowd in a neighborhood, regardless.
  2. What happened before the camera rolled? How did her friend end up getting in trouble in the first place? And where?
  3. Cop says she said something to him *before* she started taping. What?
  4. Cop is not in a position to give “orders” on her own property.
  5. Cop says he’s, “Not going to explain myself.” That’s sorta his job, isn’t it?

Late Update: @rachbarnhart just posted video of Emily Good protesting in another context to her Twitter feed. And Johnathan Turley, Constitutional law professor and MSNBC contributor, also picks up the story.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.

3 replies on “Emily Good in Rochester: What Happened?”

Wow a site for socialists and communists I’m so happy to have found this. What kind of world problems are you solving. How is that hope and change working out for you?
Emily Good, Just a mild manner young woman out to exert her right to film public activity from her own front yard, is victimized again with the break-in of her house and the theft of her electronics. Rochester’s climate of fear escalates, while the poor grow poorer. I would like to see Emily have new electronic gear to replace that which was stolen. I can’t organize this, other than to locate her and make a direct donation to her. I hope others will hear this and help her. We need people like Emily and Emily needs a new Ipad at the very least. Thanks For caring Emily. SS

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