Woman arrested on her own property for filming traffic cops busting outside her house
- Police accuse him of obstructing government administration
Charged: Emily Good was arrested after filming police officers
A woman who filmed police officers from her own garden has been arrested after refusing to put down her camera.
Emily Good found herself handcuffed after filming police arresting a man just outside her New York home.
The 28-year-old was charged with obstructing government administration after officers said she refused the officer’s order to leave her front yard and go inside.
His arrest in Rochester, New York, sparked a media frenzy over the shooting of police officers.
Miss Good’s video, lit by police sirens, begins by showing a man being questioned by a police officer around 10 p.m.
“I just got out of the house, man, I’m sick, man,” the man who got arrested can be heard saying.
He is taken away in handcuffs and one of the officers then turns to the camera and asks, “Do you need anything?
I’m just, this is my garden, I’m just recording what you do. It’s my right,” replies Miss Good.
Caught on camera: Emily Good’s video shows traffic cops handcuffing their suspect
“Actually, not from the sidewalk,” the officer replies.
The video, uploaded to the internet this week, more than a month after Miss Good’s arrests on May 12, raised questions about whether she was allowed to film or whether she should have listened to the police and returned At her place.
Rochester police union president Mike Mazzeo said the officer in question repeatedly told Miss Good that he felt threatened by her presence.
“I see an officer showing great restraint, keeping his cool, acting professionally, clearly giving very clear and concise orders to a person who just hasn’t complied.
Caught: The moment the officer realizes he is being filmed and begins to question Miss Good
Mr Mazzeo says what cannot be ignored is the danger the police find themselves in on a daily basis and says the fact that they are on his property is insignificant.
“I think she was definitely trying to engage the officers, in my opinion, and that’s what’s so dangerous because it’s a distraction to what those officers are doing,” he added.
Taken away: the film shows the officers treating their suspect
The police chief ordered an internal investigation into the incident.
Mr Mazzeo says the officer told him Miss Good claimed to know the man who was being searched in the video.
He says that because she claimed to have an association with the man, the officer had another reason to be concerned about her behavior.
The police chief pointed out that no formal complaint has been filed by Miss Good.
Her lawyers say it’s because Miss Good researched a possible civil action.