9:00pm June 30, 2011

Charges Dismissed Against Woman Arrested for Videotaping Suspected Rochester Police Racial Profiling

Rochester Police

Earlier this week Politic365 reported on the suspicious arrest of Emily Good in Rochester, NY. Good was arrested by Rochester police for videotaping a traffic stop while standing in her front yard.

Good says she started filming the arrest because she suspected it was an incident of racial profiling. When the police officers noticed Good was filming they asked her to go inside. She simply replied,

“I’m going to stand in my yard, if that’s OK,” Good said.

She was subsequently arrested by Officer Mario Masic after an exchange about whether she was on the sidewalk, presumably city property, or in the yard, her private property, and charged with obstructing governmental administration, second degree.

Today, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office dismissed their case against Emily.

As noted on the city of Rochester homepage Mayor Thomas S. Richards, City Council President, Lovely A. Warren, and Chief James Sheppard released a joint statement on the matter:

“We support the decision of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office to dismiss the criminal charges against Emily Good. Whatever the specific circumstances that led to Ms. Good’s arrest, we see no purpose in pursuing criminal charges. 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 raises issues with respect to the conduct of Rochester Police Officers that require an internal review. A review into both matters has been initiated.”

As for the ticketing for parking violations, shortly after Good’s arrest a group of supporters’ cars were mass ticketed for slight parking infractions. Police are suspected of targeting these cars because of their support for Good.

View Good’s video and video of Rochester Police ticketing cars below:

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