Sunshine Is The Best Disinfectant – Rochester Edition

I don’t feel safe with you standing behind me so I’m going to ask you go into your house, you understand?” That’s what the cop said to a woman who was video-taping him, from her own yard.

Sunshine is the best disinfectant
— Justice Lewis Brandeis

Note that there were at least two if not three large cops at the scene, and a single clearly non-threatening woman. She is also unarmed and standing in her own yard, the three cops have guns and a legal monopoly on force and violence. And they are the ones who don’t feel safe?! Very disturbing. Maybe the officer in question should be in a different line of work, one in which he feels safer?

[06.24.2011: Here’s an important update to the story: Petty Thuggishness in Rochester]

Definitely watch the video. See what Wintercow has to say about it.

Rochester Woman Arrested After Videotaping Police From Her Own Front Yard: “NEW YORK — In May, the Rochester Police Department arrested a woman on a charge of obstructing governmental administration after she videotaped several officers’ search of a man’s car. The charge is a criminal misdemeanor. The only problem? Videotaping a police officer in public view is perfectly legal in New York state — and the woman was in her own front yard. The arrest report of the incident also contains an apparent discrepancy from what is seen in the woman’s own video. That video, uploaded to the Internet this week, more than a month after Emily Good’s May 12 arrest, begins by showing a black male being questioned by a police officer at about 10 p.m. The red and blue flashes of a police cruiser illuminate the scene on Aldine Street.”

Additional links:
Yes, It Is a Police State
Rochester Police Arrest Woman For Videotaping Them From Her Front Yard
Rochester Woman Arrested After Shooting Video Of Traffic Stop –
Rochester woman arrested while videotaping police officers during traffic stop
Atlanta PD Will No Longer Harass Citizens Who Record Cops
Emily Good: A Word on Cameras, in General

  • DragonFlyEye

    According to the police report, there were supposedly three guys in the car, not one. But I don’t see two other guys. The officer also claims that the guys in the car were members of a gang, but offers no evidence of this and anyway, ends up letting “them” go.

    I’ve seen RPD bullying tactics first-hand. This doesn’t strike me as at all atypical behavior. Its just unfortunate for him that the camera was running.