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:
- 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.
- What happened before the camera rolled? How did her friend end up getting in trouble in the first place? And where?
- Cop says she said something to him *before* she started taping. What?
- Cop is not in a position to give “orders” on her own property.
- 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.