Police Union Punishes DA’s Office for Not Illegally Charging Woman Who Recorded Cops

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

You may remember Emily Good, the Rochester woman arrested earlier this year for videotaping a traffic stop from her front yard.

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.

Monroe County District Attorney Michael Green declined to charge Good, because, well, because she didn’t break any law. This has apparently invoked the wrath of the police union. Green isn’t running for reelection, but one of his lieutenants running for the job. The police union has endorsed her opponent, and the Good case appears to be a big reason why.

Doorley said she thinks her prosecution of corruption within the Greece Police Department and the decision not to prosecute Emily Good, who was arrested while video recording a police traffic stop, thwarted her chances for law enforcement support.

She said during her endorsement interview that she was questioned at length about the DA’s decision that Good had not committed a crime.

Good was charged with interfering with a police stop — the arresting officer contended she was endangering police — but the District Attorney’s Office decided the charge should be dismissed.

Doorley, who was then first assistant district attorney, appeared in court to request dismissal of the charge. Prosecutors determined that, under the statute, Good had not committed a crime.

A number of prosecutors scrutinized past cases involving the same criminal statute and determined the criminal charge was “not sustainable,” Doorley said.

Imagine the union’s reaction if the DA’s office had done what it should have done—criminally charge the cops who arrested Good for illegally detaining her.

(Hat tip.)

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27 Responses to “Police Union Punishes DA’s Office for Not Illegally Charging Woman Who Recorded Cops”

  1. #1 |  Difster | 

    Green needs to go on the offense with his campaign and use slogans like “Respecting Justice” and “I take actual crime seriously”

  2. #2 |  Difster | 

    Oh and in a community where the people know the police are thugish, not having the police endorsement could actually be helpful.

  3. #3 |  Old Fart | 

    The citizens of that town should “occupy the Greece police”, and show them they won’t take their shit any longer.

  4. #4 |  Dante | 

    RE: The Emily Good story

    It seems to me that the assistant DA could take the approach:

    “Citizens! I stood up for you against the corrupt and evil police. My opponent is in bed with them. Who do you want in power?”

    She would win in a landslide around here. Pretty much everywhere that the police are corrupt and hated (yep – everywhere).

    She can even borrow my catch phrase to explain today’s police:

    Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

  5. #5 |  Chris | 

    Getting an endorsement from any union is a flag for me not to vote for that candidate.

  6. #6 |  derfel cadarn | 

    These policemen,all of them should be fired. You can only have justice when the law applies equally to all. The police believe they are special when they are at best public servants. If they do not wish to serve then they should get the hell out!

  7. #7 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    How fucked up is the system where one simple 2 minute video
    of a public servant, by a lady in pajamas, makes all hell break loose?

  8. #8 |  Just Plain Brian | 

    How fucked up is the system where one simple 2 minute video of a public servant, by a lady in pajamas…

    “ESPERA: Guys in pajamas stopped two Marine regiments?
    COLBERT: You know, Poke, guys in black pajamas did all right in Vietnam too. You gotta respect the pajamas.”

  9. #9 |  Whim | 

    When the neighborhood rally supporting Emily Good was stormed by the police to MEASURE if the cars parked curbside were outside of 12″, should really send a chill into the Rochester citizenry.

    That is a blatant GESTAPO tactic that lowered an already low opinion about the Rochester police.

    As our military returns from Iraq, expect to see the early deployment of Cell Phone Jammers in every police car to prevent the transmission of police violence and misbehavior captured and transmitted via Qik on citizen cellular phone cameras.

    The police LOATHE citizen cameras.

  10. #10 |  Mike T | 

    As our military returns from Iraq, expect to see the early deployment of Cell Phone Jammers in every police car to prevent the transmission of police violence and misbehavior captured and transmitted via Qik on citizen cellular phone cameras.

    If the FCC allows them for non-emergency use, then I’ll feel sorry for the police in a “they know not what they risk unleashing” way because it’ll be a major escalation between the public and police. The police are well on their way to creating the right environment for a very violation confrontation. I don’t think this’ll be the spark that sets it off, but it’ll be part of the fuel that blows up in their face when they finally light the match.

  11. #11 |  Mike T | 

    These policemen,all of them should be fired.

    I disagree. What’s needed is something along the lines of the Battle of Athens between Iraq War veterans who are sick of this crap and a local police force. They need to be driven out of town at bayonet point by combat veterans who they know could beat them like a rented mule dressed up like a pinata.

  12. #12 |  Roho | 

    I’ve been kinda’ wondering when the cell phone jammer question would start coming up. I mean, it’s a hell of a fight to pick. On the one hand, you have people like us, who’ll see it as a major escalation in the fight against cameras. On another hand, it’s stepping directly into the path of the Feds (at least, unless they’re willing to go to the FCC and ask for an ‘exemption’ for law enforcement – fun to see them give the justification). And thirdly, even among the public that’s fine with the ban on photographing/filming the police, it’s a pretty big step. It’d just be a matter of time before the first heart attack victim dies because he couldn’t get a call out – the police were throwing their weight around with a motorist on the next block.

    Wish I could say I don’t see them picking this fight.

  13. #13 |  EH | 

    Bite-mark news via Injustice Everywhere: http://www.detnews.com/article/20111019/METRO03/110190345/1412/METRO03/Warren-settles-rape-case-lawsuit-for-$2.8M

  14. #14 |  John C. Randolph | 

    Time to fire that department, every last one of them, and hire some professional officers to replace them.

    -jcr

  15. #15 |  rapscallion | 

    The police are eventually going to make a big, organized push to outlaw recording them with officer safety as the excuse. They’re just waiting for any kind of an incident where an officer is attacked because he or she was on a youtube video doing something violent. I don’t know if they’ll succeed or not.

  16. #16 |  Murc | 

    As a Rochester local, I can tell you straight up that this story is getting almost zero attention.

    The original Emily Good thing did… and nearly all the commentary from local opinion makers was on the side of the cops for busting her. The DA race and the background on it? Practically nothing.

  17. #17 |  Whim | 

    All across the U.S., police are increasingly aggressive in trying to confiscate cell phone cameras that citizens have used to record police behavior (or misbehavior).

    Curiously, when (and if) the cell phones are ever returned, the video has been deleted. Recovery software has sometimes been used to restore the deleted videos.

    The police do NOT like Qik. The problem with military cell phone jammers is that they jam a pretty wide area, not just a short distance from the jammer.

    As someone commented, the heart attack victim that cannot get cellular phone service to call 9-1-1 for EMT is going be rather perturbed…..

  18. #18 |  Michael Chaney | 

    All of these “interfering with police” laws and such need to be rewritten when my “somebody’s going to jail” format. It’s like this – if a cop wants to arrest somebody on this charge, somebody’s going to jail. It’s either that person or the cop. If the charge is subsequently dropped or the person is found “not guilty” in court, the cop automatically is guilty of an offense of the same level and sentenced thusly. It would put an end to this nonsense and no honest cop would have to worry about it.

  19. #19 |  John P. | 

    Most bank and ATM alarms are cellular these days, to stop folks from cutting the phone lines etc… while I completely agree with all regarding the public reaction to cops using such technology to cover up their misconduct.

    I don;t see it ever being used widespread, because of the havoc it would create as patrol cars roamed about, blocking cell signals to anyone and everyone within a given distance from the car…

    I shudder to think of what would happen if the cops did begin using such things, as it would certainly be seen by the public as a blatant attempt to hide something.

    We all know what that something is, but many people still think police misconduct and excessive force is as elusive as Bigfoot and simply don’t exist…

    And many in the public, those who already district the cops or outright hate them will see it as a shot across the bow, so to speak and where it goes from there is anyones guess…

  20. #20 |  stupidamerkin | 

    Criminal thugs with guns and badges out of control. The time has come for the people to get a his insanity and take care of business.

  21. #21 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Thug Life.

  22. #22 |  kyl | 

    “Good was charged with interfering with a police stop — the arresting officer contended she was endangering police…”

    I am 57 years old and have had cameras aimed at me countless times. Funny thing is, I have NEVER ONCE felt endangered. And I was not protected by a gun, a taser, a can of mace, and a big stick, either!

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  24. #24 |  jim | 

    All acts of desperation………..Keep this in mind boyz in blue, we are never going to submit to this tyranny, GOT IT!!! Are you blind? You are fighting a losing battle that will ensnare you and yours, and not just the citizens you hold in such contempt. Enjoy your substantially reduced pensions.

  25. #25 |  John P. | 

    Honest cops do not fear the camera, infact they welcome them, the more the better. That way if they are ever falsely accused of wrongdoing they can point to the cameras to clear them.

    Criminal cops and those who suspect their actions are not legal are the ones causing all the uproar over being filmed.

    its just that simple.

  26. #26 |  Update roundup | 

    [...] Union Punishes DA’s Office for Not Illegally Charging Woman Who Recorded Cops” [Radley Balko, [...]

  27. #27 |  Don Keefhardt | 

    Post-election update –

    Sandra Doorley – DA Mike Green’s ADA at the time of the “Emily Good” case – was elected DA.

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