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July 01, 2011
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Officers threatened after Emily Good arrest

Rochester police officers involved in the arrest of activist Emily Good, who filmed a traffic stop and posted the video online, have had threats made against them

By PoliceOne Staff

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester police officers involved in the arrest of Emily Good, the activist who filmed a traffic stop and posted her video online, have had threats made against them.

Good was charged with obstructing governmental administration while videotaping a traffic stop in front of her house on May 12. Prosecutors dropped the charge this week, citing lack of evidence.

The video and arrest prompted some criticism of the officers involved in message boards and social network sites, according to The Democrat and Chronicle.

Police officers are paying special attention to those officers' homes in fear of retaliation, Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo said during a news conference Thursday.

He said that least one arresting officer's home address was posted online. Local, state and federal officials are investigating and subpoenas and court orders for information have been issued, he said.

"There's been cellphone calls, there's drive-bys on residences — a vehicle drove by a residence and something was shouted out," Mazzeo said, prompting officers and their families to fear for their safety.

"Mrs. Good's message that has gone out to the public — that you have a right to question the actions of a police officer — is irresponsible and is a danger to the officers, the individual they are dealing with and any other bystanders," he said. "A simple street stop can turn deadly in seconds."

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