Petty Thuggishness in Rochester

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The video below is from a Rochester, New York, neighborhood meeting in support of Emily Good, the woman arrested for videotaping a traffic stop from her front yard. So Rochester police sent four squad cars to ticket the cars of meeting attendees who parked more than 12 inches from the curb. Yes, they even brought a ruler.

That’s some staggering vindictiveness, officers.

By the way, due to a $50 million budget shortfall, the city of Rochester is considering cutting 27 full-time police positions. If the the cops in Rochester have time to carry out petty grudges against citizens who dare to show support for a woman who was illegally arrested, maybe the city ought to consider cutting 40 or 50 positions instead. They could start with the cops in this video.

(Via Boing Boing)

MORE: Local news writeup here, with the obligatory, transparently ridiculous defense from the local police union rep.

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91 Responses to “Petty Thuggishness in Rochester”

  1. #1 |  Mike H | 

    An indefensible and utterly galling act of intimidation. Or is it spite?

    The pink ruler made me laugh, though. I wonder if Rochester cops carry Trapper Keepers, too.

  2. #2 |  Mario | 

    Apparently, those police felt safe with a woman videotaping while standing behind them. Maybe they should have a talk with their colleague.

  3. #3 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Seriously, if you are a cop how the hell do you even consider yourself anything but a worthless piece of shit?

    Worst people in America.

  4. #4 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    Contact Mike Mazzeo and their local police union here:
    police@locustclub.org

  5. #5 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    and again, Mario Masic has a home business / website

    http://harvestmoonmalamutes.com/Home_Page_HNQU.php

    http://harvestmoonmalamutes.com/Contact_Us.html

  6. #6 |  Dr. T | 

    I did an Emergency Medicine clerkship at Rochester General Hospital back in 1983. I was surprised by how much the physicians despised the Rochester Police. (This was a big contrast to my rotations in Brooklyn where the police were, for the most part, respected by hospital physicians.) On the second day of my ER rotation, I saw a patient who had been arrested. The arresting officers were unmarked, but the patient had multiple face and head contusions, some with split skin. The police had ratcheted the handcuffs so tight that one of the man’s wrist bones was broken. These types of injuries on arrestees were common.

    It seems that the Rochester police have retained their thuggish behaviors over the decades.

  7. #7 |  Wade | 

    This kind of behavior shows that the “good cop” is a myth. Where were the “good cops” when this kind of thuggery was taking place? A “good cop” who stands by and does nothing when his department does these kinds of things may as well not exist.

  8. #8 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #3 Boyd Durkin

    Seriously, if you are a cop how the hell do you even consider yourself anything but a worthless piece of shit?

    I think they know exactly what they are, but it’s like belonging to an exclusive fraternity where the fact that they are despised by everyone is outweighed by the status they feel at being part of a special privileged group. They’re assholes and proud of it.

  9. #9 |  GT | 

    paranoiastrksdp thanks for dox. I hope they have an air-gapped backup somewhere, because I for one am recommending that this site be added to the list of approved target for @lulzSec’s Operation #AntiSec.

    If approved this motherfucker’s site will get an all-expenses-incurred trip on teh LulzBoat (aka SS LulzSec, aka the NyanCat Express to Sphincterville).

    Also: interesting that he has a photo of himself in his professional thug outfit on his dog-selling site – I thought that sort of thing was frowned upon. Although I deplore people who do things through the regular channels, perhaps an e-mail campaign to his overseers is not uncalled for.

  10. #10 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    @GT

    Ha, that’s right – lulzsec does requests don’t they? Worth a shot – I know hackers (in general) are not real fond of censorship.

  11. #11 |  Tolly | 

    #3 said it exactly. This is so far away from ‘Protect & Serve’ that it should be scraped off their vehicles. If I were filming these thugs I would do nothing but repeat that fact and ask them when they decided to start intimidating and abusing the people who pay their salary. Someone oughta follow this video up with measuring tire distance on all the cruisers who show up to these petty enforcement crackdowns.

    Anyone who wants to win the election for Sheriff in this town has only to make a speech about returning sanity and fairness to the police force and they’d walk home a winner. This video could be their one and only TV campaign ad -”This is how your current Sheriff thinks his officers should enforce the law.”

    Cut their staff and fire these clowns.

  12. #12 |  The J | 

    The Rochester police union is called the Locust Club. Weird…

  13. #13 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    Be sure to forward them the address for the Rochester Police Locust Club, that’s where their union head (Mike Mazzeo, the guy saying that this recent bout of retaliatory ticket writing was just the pigs doing their jobs) is based.

  14. #14 |  GT | 

    @paranoiastrksdp – I was too late: it’s already on the roster.

    No idea about timings or duration, but methinks the bow of the Masic frigate might get – at the very least – a whiff of grapeshot from @LulzSec’s fo’castle 1-pounder… Arrrr, pieces of eight, me hearties… arrrr.

    The Pixiq link (the original story) has FULL dox on Masic in the comment – including his pay, home phone, and pretty much every online identity (which Masic has been changing frantically). Dox elsewhere are more complete now – it is scary how much stuff you can find on someone for $1.99.

  15. #15 |  Whim | 

    The Rochester Police Dept. is apparently forgetting the first rule of getting yourself out of a proverbial Public Relations hole in the ground: First, QUIT digging.

    Sending four officers to measure the distance that cars were parked from the curb so that this neighborhood meeting can be disrupted is total harassment, and also a total waste of time.

    Like a city with a reported $50 million budget shortfall, and is considering cutting 27 full-time police positions, really has the money to spend on this kind of frivolity?

    It sounds like a police union legal beat-down of the neighborhood meeting.

  16. #16 |  Brandon | 

    Come on, guys, “…City police officers write ticket every night after parking enforcement officers leave for the day. And if there’s a parking infraction they come across in their patrol areas, they will write those violations. That’s part of their job.”

    Revenuers!

  17. #17 |  EH | 

    Hah, yeah. So why if they were just doing their jobs they didn’t arrest the videotaper for obstructing police administration or whatever they trumped up for Ms. Good?

  18. #18 |  Felix | 

    I called the mayor’s office and said they were disgraceful, that they ought to do something about their reputation as such bully boys, and got the distinct impression that I was by no means the first such caller.

    1-585-428-7045.

  19. #19 |  Richard Penney | 

    I think it’s interesting that police, government officials, get aggravated and even arrest (and sometimes attack) people for taking photos or video of them. After all, the police and government are huge proponents of video cameras being all over the place for the sake of security and protecting the public interest. Isn’t it strange?

    When a person expresses concern or disagreement with these camera everywhere policies, they have a standard response. Just to demonstrate a point, I think it is only suitable that we use it here.

    Why do the police dislike being on camera? If they are not doing anything wrong they have nothing to worry about.

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  21. #21 |  Marty | 

    this is cracking me up- it’s like watching a dumbshit train crash in slow motion.

    great job by the woman videotaping it to have the cop lay the ruler at the curb to show just how slight the infraction is. Does anyone know how much the total fine for this nonsense is?

    someone should sit outside duncan donuts with calipers and measure bmi on these assholes and then cite them for crimes against nature…

  22. #22 |  Roman Berry | 

    Really, it’s more than just petty harassment. You have to have the context behind why people would be meeting in support of Emily Good in the first place and then view this as a continuation. There was a time when I would have said these kinds of things either couldn’t happen in these United States, or if these things did happen, they would be exceedingly rare and those who abused their authority in this way would be swiftly held accountable. Man, I was naive to the point of stupidity, eh?

    We live in a national security state, and the abuse of power filters its way down as it becomes normalized. Rights? You ain’t got no steenkin’ rights.

  23. #23 |  dsmallwood | 

    nothing like walking thru your neighborhood and encoutering a bunch of surly, roided-up guys … carrying loaded firearms!!!!

    oh wait … its ok, they’re not dangerous a-holes . . . they’re cops . . .

  24. #24 |  Don Keefhardt | 

    Locust Club, as in “plague of locusts”

  25. #25 |  Bob | 

    LOL The cops are so butt-hurt there that they have to give out 12 inch from the curb parking tickets to cars parked 12 1/2 inches from the curb. And then have the temerity to lie to someone RECORDING them that there were ‘complaints’.

    Yeah, right. How can they make themselves look stupider and MORE in need of lay offs than this?

  26. #26 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Did someone in the previous comment mention something about petty assholes,it would appear that it is endemic to the nature of “public servants”.

  27. #27 |  Salt | 

    Pure chickenshit.

    With the advent of the ‘net, these guys have doomed themselves to more negative attention, ridicule, and publication of their idiocy then they can imagine.

    They don’t care though – badges, uniforms, and guns render their pea brains impervious to rational thought.

  28. #28 |  dunphy | 

    i’m rarely in favor of federal legislation as an answer to bad policy, but i’d support some sort of federal law/ruling etc. firmly establishing the RIGHT of people to film police without interference, and (fwiw) the right of cops to film as well.

    protects society from bad cops. protects cops from false complaints. win/win

    in my state, as far as i know, you can film cops with impunity. my agency films at important events, like at WTO , N30 etc. we did

  29. #29 |  Danimal | 

    An oak tree and several feet of sturdy rope should do it.

  30. #30 |  Murc | 

    Another Rochester native here.

    Rochester city cops have been acting out like this for years and years, and nobody quite knows why. Our various Mayors and County Supervisors know about it but either actively collude or aren’t quite sure how you handle taking a run at cops.

    I mean… they’re not ALL bad. The city SWAT unit has fired exactly one bullet over the past thirty years, and that bullet was from a single sniper and hit an armed gunman with a hostage. They’re not cowboys. So we’ve got that going on.

    What they are is just kind of thuggish. People who live in the city and need a cop but don’t need one RIGHT THIS SECOND won’t call the city PD. They’ll call the County Sheriff’s office.

    My personal theory, backed up by nothing more than my gut, is that it’s because a lot of the RCPD cops do not actually live in the city itself. Rochester is a smallish city with a centralized population and a decent road system, and you can get from your large tract house in the suburbs to the city center in about 45 minutes during rush hour. A -lot- of cops commute, and they have no ties to the city community and couldn’t give a fuck about it.

  31. #31 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    someone should sit outside duncan donuts with calipers and measure bmi on these assholes and then cite them for crimes against nature…

    Wrong stereotype. Cops today are more likely to have full sleave tattoos (like the pig in the video linked above) and have two ass cheeks full of steroids. All they want to do is bust some heads, get paid extra, and have everyone bow to their will.

  32. #32 |  dunphy | 

    “Wrong stereotype. Cops today are more likely to have full sleave tattoos (like the pig in the video linked above) and have two ass cheeks full of steroids. All they want to do is bust some heads, get paid extra, and have everyone bow to their will.”

    maybe true in some areas of the country. round my parts most of them are pretty out of shape and especially the young new guys all look like accountants with gunbelts.

    a small core are doing MMA, Xfit, Powerlifting, etc. but few. personally, i train as a strength athlete (and do some track and field) so this shit is really important to me, but the dept’s and unions collude to make a physical fitness requirement a no-go. which is sad. imo, cops should absolutely not have the right to get out of shape

  33. #33 |  croaker | 

    Sounds to me like this police department is about fifty cops over establishment and could use about fifteen years of federal supervision.

  34. #34 |  Marty | 

    #30 | Boyd Durkin |

    ‘Wrong stereotype.’

    it was weak, but it was the only thing I could think of involving taking nonsense measurements…

  35. #35 |  Joe | 

    Rochester’s Finest! The Rochester Police Department! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzV8qukuZLU

  36. #36 |  Drew Meredith | 

    From various shots of the parked police cruisers, they looked much more than 12 inches from the curb. So did they only have one pink ruler among them or is the law not applicable to police parking?? Perhaps everyone reading this should mail a cheap ruler to the police department (and mayors office) so they can get a “measure” of the bad public relations this is for the PD and Rochester. I visited there last summer briefly on the way to Toronto and thought it would be a nice place for a future visit when we could stay longer. I guess I should spend my tourist dollars somewhere with more mature and intelligent community leadership.

  37. #37 |  sigh | 

    The sad part here is that the police feel so confident about doing nonsense like this. That needs to change.

  38. #38 |  Whim | 

    If the Congressmen Ron Paul – Barney Frank legislation to allow the states to legalize, tax and control marijuana were to ever become law, you would remove a significant percentage of the police contact with the public.

    With a resultant decline in arrests, incarcerations, etc. that are the precursors to police and jailor abuse.

    Marijuana is certainly the “gateway” drug FOR law enforcement.

  39. #39 |  HONORYOUROATH | 

    Keep it up boys…bad things are going to start happening.How pathetic was the roid freak with all his gang tats and his pink ruler.

  40. #40 |  Greg | 

    I think they know exactly what they are, but it’s like belonging to an exclusive fraternity where the fact that they are despised by everyone is outweighed by the status they feel at being part of a special privileged group. They’re assholes and proud of it.

    Boyd Durkin,

    You have just effectively paraphrased the Stanford Prison Experiment (Google for those who skipped Psych, Soc, Human Behavior).

    Abu Ghraib and the dozens of other crimes in the ME were as predictable (and reliable) as the sunrise.

    Regardless of the freewill high horse we sometimes seat ourselves upon, we are electrochemical machines and behave in mostly predictable response to hard wiring, programming, and inputs.

    Ergo, even “nice”, “well-educated”, “middle-class” people will do very bad things when granted power without consequence. Throw in “lower-class”, “poorly educated”, and “‘roid ragin’” and you have found waaaayyy too many cops.

    Couple that with human tribalism that lends itself to group think, and we have the situation that we currently inhabit.

    Nothing even remotely shocking…

  41. #41 |  Discord | 

    The best outcome we can hope for at this point is for these incidents to keep happening and the videos to keep going viral. Yes, it means many more victims of state oppression, but does anyone actually believe that anything less than total outrage will wake this population up?

    Once I hear my aloof neighbors and family members complaining about civil rights violations I’ll know change is afoot. But for now most are still stuck in the ridiculous Democrat/Republican false dichotomy.

    But living in NYC, being at least weekly subjected to 4th amendment violations as I enter the WTC hole and attempt to cross the Hudson to Jersey City via the PATH, it’s clear to me that there needs to be outrage, not just intellectual disgust on the part of those few that pay attention.

    People are sleepy.

  42. #42 |  stupidamerkin | 

    Absolutely pathetic. You all need to get your title right.
    They are called road pirate Nazi’s. These thugs are committing the crime of perjury and even treason every time they put on a uniform and badge.
    They are out of control.

  43. #43 |  croaker | 

    @29 1340 foot-pounds divided by the weight of your problem yields the length of your solution. ;)

  44. #44 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “If the the cops in Rochester have time to carry out petty grudges against citizens who dare to show support for a woman who was illegally arrested, maybe the city ought to consider cutting 40 or 50 positions instead.”

    Exactly. If the city police are using their “valuable time” to intimidate people engaging in peaceful assembly, then there may be too many municipal police. Perhaps the citizens in Rochester should consider abolishing the department and relying on sheriff’s deputies for any needed law enforcement services/emergency response. Of course, citizens themselves should be the first line of defense. Re-thinking the role of municipal police could be an important step in radically altering American policing (Note: At the nation’s founding, law enforcement was seen as a community responsibility, with support from sheriffs and constables. There were no municipal police until the mid 1800′s)

    Until then, I would recommend that citizens document any parking or traffic infractions commited by RPD Officers. Do this from a safe distance so that officers cannot interfere, then promptly post the results of your findings on YouTube. Then, consider sending video to local broadcasters. Only after that should you send video to RPD itself.

  45. #45 |  MassHole | 

    Well, well, well. The thin blue line laid bare for all of the taxpayers of Rochester to see in it’s most pure form. None of those officers had to show up with that ruler and write tickets. In fact, one would assume a mature adult would think the cop that busted the lady for filmed was an idiot and deserves to be reprimanded. Not these guys though. Sleep safe Rochester. These are the guys you pay to carry guns in your name.

  46. #46 |  Bill Wolfe | 

    Agree the police repression was way over the top.

    But don’t lose sight of the larger issues here.

    The cops work for the banks.

    Foreclsoure and eviction should be banned.

    WTF is goping on in this country?

  47. #47 |  croaker | 

    Got another one. Cop threatens photographer with arrest, then gives name of another officer when challenged.

    http://cedarposts.blogspot.com/2011/06/cmpd-officer-goes-postal-over-blogger.html

  48. #48 |  John | 

    I actually think it’s rather clever of them. Just park less than 12 inches from the curb, as is the law. It is unfortunate when police violate laws and constitutional limits, but here they do not, making the episode hilarious rather than outrageous. The only outrageous thing in this story is the arrest of the woman.

  49. #49 |  Randy Macon | 

    FYI: The Locust club started as a social club and later became the bargaining agent for the police. ‘Locust’ is the wood that used to be used in their nightsticks.

    I lived 45 yrs in Rochester and never met a city policeman who wasn’t arrogant. I once got pulled over for lightly honking my horn at a cop in a cruiser who made an illegal U-turn. He hesitated when I asked him what, specifically, I had done other than let him know that he had just done something illegal. He told me he could have been on a call. True, but he obviously wasn’t since he pulled me over, and even if he was, what harm did I cause?

  50. #50 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “True, but he obviously wasn’t since he pulled me over, and even if he was, what harm did I cause?”

    You reminded your “superiors” that they are not infallible and are being observed by their “subordiates.” Some people in authority have to make an example out of people like you.

  51. #51 |  MassHole | 

    I hate to feed the troll, but this stuff pisses me off:

    Bill Wolfe says – “Foreclsoure and eviction should be banned.”

    WTF is right. So I as a landlord should just let you stay in my property rent free if you decide to stop paying rent? You willingly borrow money and stop paying it back you should just get to keep the collateral and live there? I’d love to hear how you justify this nonsense. On second thought, I don’t. I will be dumber for having read it.

  52. #52 |  Mannie | 

    Thanks, MassHole, for saving me the trouble of a rant. :-)

  53. #53 |  GeneralGarbage | 

    @ John #48- there is nothing hilarious about this. This is terrorism. They’re sending the message that if you dare stand up for your rights, the force of the state will be brought down upon you. It’s meant to have a chilling effect.

    Maybe next time they plant a bag of weed in your car or say that you took a swing at one of them. Better just stop dissenting all together.

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  55. #55 |  Don Cordell | 

    Not just in Rochester, but all over our nation. There are two class of people, cops and trash, guess which class we are in. To most cops, it’s fun to lord over everyone, true bulllies now out of school and in uniforms to show you, they are the power. Well you have a chance to stop this and ReStore America if you ReVote. It’s time for another Revolution, and remember when election time comes up. The police are controlled by city hall, when you let the candidates know, you are watching, and demand changes to restore Justice to Rochester and the rest of America. I am campaigning to be your next Independent President to Restore America to the rights of our Bill of Rights. Insanity= when you keep doing the same thing, expecting different results next time, well as long as you continue to elect these servants to run our community, you get the same results, NO Justice for anyone. Stand up and be counted, and quit submitting to these thugs. Are there any good cops? yes occasionally in a moment of weakness, but mostly NO. They glorify in the power they have, and you are just an inch from death most of the time with them. Lets Restore not Change America.

  56. #56 |  robert petersen | 

    This is one reason public employee union attacks may end up succeeding. I sure s hell don’t care about these asshats pensions disappearing. Blame most of this disrespect for the public on the Drug War-cops have had a convenient excuse to treat “perps” s less than human and from there it’s a short step to anybody not in blue is a “Perp” and they are in fear of EVERYBODY. That is why they act like they do-they are all cowards.

  57. #57 |  rachel | 

    not just rottenchester but surrounding counties as well. we have state, county and city police. Do we really need that many cops when the fact is…we cannot keep volunteer firefighters and emt’s? Ned a serious shave on the shear number of cops. I travel outside rochester and monroe county. There are cops all over the place up here. We do not need this many cops. All they do is set up roadblocks and harrass motorist looking for ways to tiket you.

  58. #58 |  Greg | 

    So I as a landlord should just let you stay in my property rent free if you decide to stop paying rent? You willingly borrow money and stop paying it back you should just get to keep the collateral and live there? I’d love to hear how you justify this nonsense. On second thought, I don’t. I will be dumber for having read it.

    MassHole,

    There is precisely ZERO in that statement that actually makes sense to anyone who is literate. Please take it over to FOXNEWS.

    Someone who rents is not borrowing any money from you. There is nothing in Bill Wolfe’s short statement (or pesky reality) that supports your nonsensical bullshit retort.

    ZERO.

    So (as I am also a landlord) please do tell me how a renter who doesn’t pay is actually stealing collateral from you. They are merely someone who didn’t pay a bill, and as such, a smart businessman has built that cost into his cash flow equation. IE, if you didn’t build kicking a non-payer out into your rent, you are a sad, stupid, pathetic meatpuppet.

    Yeah, ‘dey ain’t paying teh bank’ for you, but if you’re borrowing to be a landlord, you’ve got no business being one.

  59. #59 |  Gary | 

    It’s too bad the people with the camera did not use a ruler to measure how far the police cars were from the curb. It looks like from the video, at least one police car was greater than 12 inches from the curb. I would have liked to have seen them confront the officers with that information and ask them if they are going to ticket the police car for violating the 12 inch rule.

  60. #60 |  Dave Krueger | 

    CNN covered the story of the woman filming on her front yard, but there was no mention of this. First of all, for this to get on cop-friendly CNN it had to be pretty clear cut case of abuse. Perhaps it’s just me, but it seems to me the CNN anchor is only very reluctantly sympathetic to the woman and even seems argumentative. What a dickhead.

    And then her idiot attorney says she has full confidence the RPD will do a thorough investigation. Did she just pass the bar yesterday? If anything gets this woman of the hook, it’s the video, the very thing the cops objected to. You have to be brain damaged not to see how this is blatant abuse of power that deserves to be severely punished.

  61. #61 |  albatross | 

    Wade #7:

    It’s exactly the same situation as the “good” Catholic priests who knew there was something ugly going on w.r.t. child molesting priests being moved around, but looked the other way. When the truth comes out, as it is in the process of doing now w.r.t. police misconduct, all those good policemen, the ones who *don’t* behave thuggishly, will have the same loss of reputation as priests have faced.

  62. #62 |  Dedicated_Dad | 

    Pigs.

    Oink-Oink.

    Good for nothing but abusing decent folk — not even fit for makin’ bacon.

    Peace Officers exist To Protect and Serve — Pigs protect nobody but each other and Serve only themselves. It’s time — LONG PAST time — for We The People to put our employees back in their proper place.

    Pigs must go!

    DD

    PS for the mentally-challenged: Peace-Officers ain’t PIGS. If you don’t know the difference, you’re likely a PIG!

  63. #63 |  Greg | 

    albatross,

    No human goes without sex. Ever. We are hardwired to fuck. The whole of Catholicism is nothing but a bunch of child molesters.

    Ergo, when some silly stupid ‘religion’ trying to compete with another silly stupid ‘religion’ bans “sex” to be the “winner” in the stupid ‘religion’ contest, there is going to be blowback. Duh.

    This is was as predicable as OBL’s behaviour once we quit being his buddy. Afghanistan has been conquered by ABSOLUTELY no one in ALL of recorded history.

  64. #64 |  Bill | 

    Greg (#58),

    Bit of a reading comprehension fail there. MassHole’s reply made perfect sense. The original poster, Bill Wolfe, said that “foreclosure and eviction should be banned”.

    Eviction, which you, as a landlord, should know, is the removal of a renter from the owner’s property when the renter fails to pay the rent. Would you let someone who is “renting” from you stay there indefinitely if they stopped paying rent?

    Foreclosure is what happens to someone when they take out a loan and fail to pay it back. The collateral in this case would be the property that someone who takes out a mortgage purchases with the borrowed mortgage money. Do you think that someone should be able to take out a loan, buy something with it, and then fail to pay back the loan and keep what he buys? And if you do, can I borrow some money from you?

  65. #65 |  MassHole | 

    Greg seems to have a thing for making a fool of himself.

  66. #66 |  DocHoliday916 | 

    With each passing day, the respect my late mommy and daddy instilled in me early on for the police is rapidly deteriorating and the Rochester Police are just another of a long line of LEO’s throwing gasoline on that fire of contempt. And while I am no special case I can say this…if the police are losing support from a conservative law and order guy like me, something is very much amiss and going South quickly. One solution to the problem is to keep ratcheting up the public outrage and bring heat on local, state and political officials. Many things change but one thing is constant, elected politicians love the power and perks of elected office and there are few powers on this Earth that are going to get in that way…to include police unions who contribute to these elected hacks. It’s a numbers game. Once these pols realize weight the mass of the opposition, they’ll be the first in front of the cameras to call for “reform” and throw the police unions under the bus with all deliberate speed.

  67. #67 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Well, he also misattributed Dave’s post to me and then insulted everyone. I’ll say it again…one of the bad things about getting old is having people inform you of things you knew 20-30years ago.

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  69. #69 |  Jack | 

    The ‘purpose’ of the 12-inch rule is to keep the streets passable, right? And the street in the video looks like there’s plenty of room despite some cars not being parked so close.
    So just like TSAers harassing travelers about their toothpaste not being in a little baggie, it’s as if these guys have completely forgotten what it is they’re actually supposed to be doing.

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    [...] Thinking About a Non-Problem Surprise! TSA Is Searching Your Car, Subway, Ferry, Bus, AND Plane Petty Thuggishness in Rochester Rand Paul to TSA Head: “I Feel Less Safe” Among The Costs Of War: $20B In Air Conditioning : [...]

  71. #71 |  oscar | 

    It looks like the rochester powers that be are surrendering…

    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110627/NEWS01/110627014

    And interestingly enough, if you read to the bottom of the article you will see that Good had her ipod stolen. the ipod used to record the video that started all of this.

    “After court, Good revealed that her home was broken into Thursday afternoon and her IPod — the one used to film the traffic stop — was stolen. She said the break-in happened during an hour period when she went to the library.

    Money was also stolen, Good said, but other items — such as her roommates’ laptops that were in plain view — were left.”

  72. #72 |  Mail June 27 -2 | Chaos Manor - Jerry Pournelle | 

    [...] http://www.theagitator.com/2011/06/24/petty-thuggishness-in-rochester/ [...]

  73. #73 |  ideas | 

    Abolish the police dept. Get an initiative on the ballot for 2012 and star a citizens patrol that doesn’t ticket or arrest people over bullshit reasons. less money would be wasted.

    problem solved.

  74. #74 |  Morning Links | The Agitator | 

    [...] a police officer, have been dropped. No word on whether the cops who arrested her, or those who engaged in petty retribution against neighbors who stood up for her, will be [...]

  75. #75 |  follow-up on the Rochester police-taping case | The Handsome Camel | 

    [...] (from a distance, without interfering) during a traffic stop. Here’s a brief follow-up from The Agitator, via Ta-Nehisi Coates: The video below is from a Rochester, New York, neighborhood meeting in [...]

  76. #76 |  Jack Dempsey | 

    To Richard Penney – I think we have the answer. If they are that adamant against being filmed, it sort of defaults to them doing something wrong and they don’t want to be caught.

    But of course this is something that comes as a surprise to nobody.

  77. #77 |  Dwight Smith | 

    This is an outrage worthy of the 1960′s, when police beat and even killed organized citizens with a fury for speaking against the warring policy coming from the White House.

    Each citizen who was cited has had their civil rights violated under color of law, and each of them should file suit. These fascist goons work for bosses, and the pocketbook is a quick way to disturb those roots. They’re rotten, and I suspect there are other crimes to be found if someone digs a bit, but be careful.

  78. #78 |  J. Roth | 

    I can totally understand what Emily Good went through. I am sure she had never been arrested, feeling safe in her own front yard, and filming police doing their job. All of a sudden she is arrested for obstruction??? The police officer is so arrogant, that he feels he is in charge of all innocent bystanders, and is justified in arresting a citizen for videotaping him doing his job. Shouldn’t turn around be fair play, as a taxpaying citizen, everyday we are videotaped on unmanned cameras to take pictures of all cars driving by, Police investigators setting up victims by entrapment and then videotaping the victims arrest airing the video on TV for entertainment. Videotaping people arrested for DUI’s then placing these people on cop shows for entertainment….who are they to not want to be videotaped? All I can say is welcome to the party pals!!! I too was falsely arrested, my prosecutor dropped all charges. The cop that arrested me was called to my house by me for a domestic disturbance. My 19 year old daughter threw me into a wall while she was moving out of my house. When the police got to my house, the interviewing officer blamed me the victim for everything. I am an RN, never been arrested for anything my entire life, I am 50 in 5 months. I guess my daughter being beautiful (which she truly is) he was able to make an assessment I should have stopped the fight. I weigh 115, 5’4” and my daughter 130, 5’8, plus I wear a back brace for a fused back in two levels, lets just say I am not an aggressor. I had to report all of this to renew my nursing license which was totally embarrassing. I was the only one who read his version of his police report. Unbelieveable, he stated that I flashed him,(my husband and son were sitting right next to me and I am a christian, absolutely never happened, maybe It was wishful thinking). I told him I wouldn’t save his life if he was dying,(really for all people with common sense, would this even be the topic, once again relating an action between me and him). In my statistics for my mug shot (yes I truly have a mug shot now and was finger printed like a thief, the police have listed under my name, 6 inches for identifying marks. Really??? I was asked in the station while I was booked if I had tatoos or any identifying marks on my body, I told them a 6″ back surgery scar. I have never felt so degraded. This officer, was absolutely the biggest scum I have ever run into in my life and all I did was make a call for help. I will never call a cop again! Since when is the victim arrested, the one who was abused and crying on the 911 tape??? What is this country coming too? God bless Emily Good for standing her ground, the entire system is going corrupt!!!!! J. Roth, Utah.

  79. #79 |  Rose | 

    Check this out! Charlotte crime blogger http://www.crimeincharlotte.com threatened with arrest for taking photo. Charlotte newspaper article published on front page sunday.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/07/03/2425557/recording-police-can-create-clashes.html

  80. #80 |  c.delafuente | 

    I never trusted police with tatoos all over their arms, it reminds me too much of the thugs they are supposed to be really after instead of the harmless law abiding citizen that are much easier and safer to catch when they park 1/2 inch over their silly criteria.

  81. #81 |  DesertDawn | 

    I’ve lived in many places in my life and the norm for parking is within 18 inches of the curb. I googled ‘parking code Rochester NY’ and found NO mention of this odd 12 inch rule –though I found many other things that will result in a parking ticket. Does anyone know what the citaiton shows, re: the city code reference to the 12 inch rule? Or is this an arbitrary but well-known ‘custom’ among the police to keep in their hip-pocket (in case they need to intimidate or harass someone) based on an obscure reference, such as ‘if in the officer’s opinion the vehicle is causing an obstruction.’ Followed by the ‘local practice’ of 12 inches? If not in the code as specifically 12 inches, I hope all ticketed will request court dates, demand to see the code in writing and otherwise protest the tickets. Most will not, because apparently it is $25 ticket, hardly worth anyone’s time to fight in court…

  82. #82 |  Odds 'n Sods: - SurvivalBlog.com | 

    [...] The aftermath of the arrest of a woman who videotaped an arrest from her front yard: Petty Thuggishness in Rochester [...]

  83. #83 |  Truth and Justice For All | 

    [...] dismissed, but cops got back — persons attending a community meeting to support the woman received tickets if they were parked more than the mandated twelve inches from the [...]

  84. #84 |  Bill | 

    One thing that no one has mentioned is that the woman in question has a track record (and criminal history) of intentional harrasment. She is a professional protester/agitator, not exactly an inocent victim.

  85. #85 |  Geoffrey Bard | 

    I used to be 100% supportive of law enforcement in general. At almost 50 years old, I’ve now seen enough to have swung to the total opposite – and not from my experience, but from observation only. Our justice system is rapidly approaching that of a police state.

  86. #86 |  Police Intimidation by a Pink Plastic Ruler — Demand Progress | 

    [...] Watch footage of the police — literally laying down a pink plastic 12” ruler (start at 0:39)… [...]

  87. #87 |  Bill Wolfe | 

    Where I live, it is illegal to deny people medical care at hospitals, regardless of lack of insurance or ability to pay.

    If you are in an accident, an ambulance will take you to a hospital, regardless of insuracne or ability to pay.

    Police and fire respond to emergencies, regardless of lack of insurance or ability to pay.

    Libraries and parks are open regardess of ability to pay.

    Health care is a human right.

    Simialrly, shutting off utilities during winter is not allowed.

    Food , is provided as well.

    Food, shelter, and healthcare are basic human rights.

    This is what civilization is all about.

    Without civilization, we fall back on barbartic capitlailsm.

    Landlords and banks can wait or suffer economic losses.

  88. #88 |  John Regan | 

    The police are retaliating against the DA for dropping the charges against Emily Good by endorsing her opponent.

    http://strikelawyer.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/a-political-race-to-watch-doorley-v-taylor-da/

  89. #89 |  Police Union Punishes DA’s Office for Not Illegally Charging Woman Who Recorded Cops | The Agitator | 

    [...] When last we visited the story, Good’s neighbors had held a rally for her. Then Rochester police showed up at that rally, and began writing tickets for those attendees who parked more than 12 inches from the curb. The cops even brought rulers. [...]

  90. #90 |  Police Union Punishes DA’s Office For Not Illegally Charging Woman Who Filmed Cops | OzHouse Alt News | 

    [...] When last we visited the story, Good’s neighbors had held a rally for her. Then Rochester police showed up at that rally, and began writing tickets for those attendees who parked more than 12 inches from the curb. The cops even brought rulers. [...]

  91. #91 |  Police Union Punishes DA’s Office for Not Illegally Charging Woman Who Recorded Cops | Outlooks & Insights | 

    [...] When last we visited the story, Good’s neighbors had held a rally for her. Then Rochester police showed up at that rally, and began writing tickets for those attendees who parked more than 12 inches from the curb. The cops even brought rulers. [...]

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