You might be familiar with the case of Emily Good, a Rochester, N.Y., woman arrested for standing in her front yard and videotaping a traffic stop. The charges for "obstructing governmental administration." (Which basically led to the entire Internet howling in outrage at once.)
And now? The district attorney has dropped the case, saying that it's a loser. City officials issued a statement backing Good and noted they've launched an internal review of how the arrest -- and the associated ticketing of people in a group supporting her.
We've written about this issue before: In some states, the police can arrest you for videotaping them in public, and that's drawn an aggressive response from civil-rights groups like the ACLU. Police argue those arrests are necesssary because ...
"An officer who takes his or her attention away from the task at hand to worry about a person running video is going to suffer from split-attention deficit," Sgt. Ed Flosi of the San Jose, Calif., Police Department told PoliceOne, a journal for law enforcement professionals.
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