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Woman arrested for videotaping traffic stop from her front yard

• Eric W. Dolan via

A 28-year-old woman has been charged with obstructing governmental administration after refusing a police officer’s order to leave her front yard while she was videotaping a traffic stop.

WHEC-TV reported that Emily Good of Rochester, New York filmed the police officers while they were conducting a traffic stop in front of her home. Good's videotape shows the officers telling her that they feel threatened by her standing behind them because she seemed "very anti-police."

An officer then asked her to go into her house, an order which she refused. After briefly arguing about Good's right to be in her lawn, the officers warned her that if she continued to refuse they would arrest her. She continued to argue, and was then handcuffed and arrested.

Good, who was previously arrested with others in March for trying to block a local home foreclosure, said she was filming the traffic stop because she was concerned about what's happening in her neighborhood.

The Rochester police chief has ordered an internal investigation of the incident.


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