The Saying Is That A MAN'S HOME Is His Castle. It Doesn't Say Anything About Women, Or Lawns.

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  1. TJIC says:

    I have lately been berated by counsel for saying justified ^H^H^H inflammatory things.

    So I have no comment.

  2. jared says:

    I grew up in that neighborhood, and am proud of how the citizens comported themselves here. Officer Mario "I'm trying to give you a warning here" / "my beat features arson and execution-style murder but I'm afraid of a chick with a camera" Masic should stick to dealing Malamutes to his fellow gentry. He must have missed the part of cop orientation where they explain that some of the people who live in that neighborhood do so out of something other than fiscal necessity, and will sue a bitch.

  3. chiefjaybob says:

    Here in the People's Democratik Republik of Illinois, our glorious leaders have passed a state law prohibiting the filming, photographing, or video recording of police officers doing their job. Our cops are The Only Ones Good Enough to Need No Filming.

  4. Scott Jacobs says:

    That law passed? Jesus. Time to film a cop, get arrested, and roll some appeals through the system…

  5. Paul L. says:

    To paraphrase SCOTT H. GREENFIELD at Simple Justice.
    Respecting a person's Constitutional Rights does not help a Police Officer make it home alive.
    Rochester woman arrested while videotaping police officers during traffic stop

    Rochester Police Union President Mike Mazzeo has seen the video and points out that the officer in question repeatedly told Good he felt threatened by her presence. "I see an officer using great restraint, maintaining composure, acting professional, clearly giving very clear and concise orders to an individual who just simply didn't comply.

    Mazzeo says what can't be ignored is the danger police find themselves in on a daily basis and says the fact that she's on her property is insignificant. "I think she was certainly trying to engage the officers, in my opinion, and that's what's so dangerous because it's a distraction to what these officers are doing."

  6. Scott Jacobs says:

    So screw those rights, Eh Paul?

    Can I be arrested for watching a cop from across the street? From the far end of the block? 2 blocks away? At what distance do I cease to be a distraction?

  7. PLW says:

    If you can't control a scene without violating constitutional rights, call for back up.

  8. Paul L. says:

    I was being sarcastic.

    I suspect that the police will say you should not be allowed to watch the Police period.
    I should have included my objection that a Police officer "clearly giving very clear and concise orders to an individual" automatically make them legal orders that should be complied with by a civilian.

    IMHO, Officer Mario Masic showed little restraint ,lost his composure and acted unprofessionally when he arrested Emily Good for Contempt of Cop.

  9. marco73 says:

    I can't believe that this officer somehow feels threatened when someone is using a video camera. Come on, we've had home video cameras for decades. The Rodney King incident in LA was 20 years ago, in March 1991.
    What has happened recently, though, is that as the technology has gotten more compact and the price has dropped, there are a lot more cameras out there. So people in poorer neighborhoods and out in public are a lot more likely to have a video camera handy. More cameras and more filming is bound to turn up more embarrassment.
    I work in an regular office building. I'm filmed driving in the parking garage, getting on the elevator, and walking the hallways to my office. I don't have a camera on me at my desk, at least none that I'm aware.
    The genie is out of the bottle. If you can't handle being filmed on the job, maybe you should live in a cave.

  10. Michael says:

    Thanks for continuing to cover these stories, as always I am grateful for your perspective.

  11. RP says:

    I'm actually glad that this woman's camera wasn't impounded permanently or simply destroyed.

    Does that mean that I am already servile?

  12. Paul Baxter says:

    I think what really struck me here was that in the officer's mind "you're making me nervous" constituted some sort of order or direction. One thing I've learned from parenting is that directions need to be clear and simple (and not self-referential) if you want the best chance of them being effective.

    The whole incident was unfortunate all the way around. Obviously it's sad and unfortunate for the woman who was unlawfully arrested. I also think it's sad for the cop who I think must have been either very nervous already or was poorly prepared for dealing with bystanders during an arrest.

  13. SurfinServer says:

    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110628/NEWS01/106280327/Break-Emily-Good-s-home-an-oddity
    It sad that someone who cares and tries to make a difference finds herself a victim not once, but twice. With her house being robbed and her electronics stolen. Though it is a seperate incident, its is ti imagine that if her life had not been so dramiticly upset with her unnessecary, illegal arrest. this probally would not have happen. I am hoping that somehow we can help her with the replacement of her electronics. I can do it, other than locating her and making a direct donation. If anyone in the community can help with this, it would be a blessing for Emily and a real show of community support. SS

  14. Joy says:

    From internet search, I believe Officer Mario Masic was recently married to EDIT: DELETED. Joy, in these parts we don't call out spouses and we don't post addresses and contact information, even of nasty people.