Emily Good is a Rochester woman who was wrongfully arrested for Obstruction of Governmental Administration after exercising her legal right to videotape, from her own front yard, a traffic stop involving 3 white officers and a handcuffed black motorist. The video of Good’s arrest has since gone viral, stirring international media attention. Good’s charges were eventually dismissed on June 27, 2011, but not before some disturbing events occurred:
On June 23rd, Good’s back door was kicked in, and the iPhone used to film her arrest was stolen. Laptops, iPods, DVDs, CDs, a TV, and a DVD player -all in clear view- were reportedly left behind by the, you know, unidentified assailant(s).
Later in the day, as community members gathered in support of Emily Good at The Flying Squirrel Community Space, several Rochester Police Department cruisers converged on Clarissa Street and ticketed all attendees who had parked further than 12″ from the curb– in some cases by a mere half inch. Thanks to Rochester Indymedia, this petty act of intimidation was captured on video.
The Good Foot rulers have been donated to The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa Street), where they can be purchased, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to The Squirrel.