N.Y. woman arrested after videotaping police

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle and Huffington Post, among others, have reported this week on a Rochester woman who was arrested and charged with obstructing government administration after videotaping a traffic stop from her front yard.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, online interest in Emily Good’s arrest has caused her criminal case to mushroom “into much more than a standard misdemeanor allegation.”

“Instead, the case is now a reminder of the ubiquitous 21st century nature of video,” the newspaper said. In addition, “the arrest — a popular topic on talk radio and in the blogosphere — has prompted local residents to take sides, either portraying the police action as warranted or instead questioning whether the arrest of Good was an overzealous response by an officer irked by her videotaping.”

The case took another turn late yesterday when supporters of Good accused police of harassing them by coming to a meeting they held and ticketing cars that were parked more than 12 inches from the curb. A police spokesman told the Democrat and Chronicle today that the police chief did not send the officers to the meeting and that the chief’s office was investigating the incident.