Can you be arrested for recording police from your front yard? If the video you’re about to see is for real, then yes.
A woman in Rochester, NY was allegedly arrested last month when she decided to film a traffic stop that happened in front of her house. With camera in hand, she reportedly stood in her front yard and filmed the events. But after recording for a little while, eventually an officer started addressing her, telling her that he didn’t feel “safe” with her recording him and telling her to go into her house. She refused, saying she had the right to record from her front lawn. He disagreed. That eventually led to her arrest:
It should be noted that the officer does cite some things that the woman allegedly said before she started recording as part of the reason he felt unsafe. In his words, the woman seemed “very anti-police.” But as the site Pixiq.com notes, its seems that “if she said anything threatening, they would have arrested her at that moment.”
According to that site, the woman has been identified as Emily Good. She was allegedly charged with obstructing government administration.
The local paper, the Democrat and Chronicle, reports today that the police have received the video and are investigating the incident.
WHEC-TV reports that Emily Good is no stranger to conflict:
I-Team 10 has learned she’s no stranger to police. She was arrested in March with a group of others who tried to block a home on Ravenwood Avenue from foreclosure. Ironically, police videotaped Good and other protesters while arresting them that day.
Local Councilman Adam McFadden told WHEC, “It did not look well for us in terms of how we police and what it is we’re attempting to accomplish for public safety.”
But, he added, “Typically, I tell people when the police give you an order, that you should follow it, even if you don’t like it. We have a process to make complaints if we’re not doing our job lawfully.”
WHEC also issued a picture of Good: