|Rochester, NY Police officer:|
"If you come out here again I am arresting you!"
At first, the 3 minute and 54 second dark, and somewhat grainy video looks like some ordinary footage of police cruisers, with flashing lights on, at the scene of what looks to be a motor vehicle accident, in Rochester, NY on March 9th.
However, around the 2 minute and 5 second mark of the video, things quickly change.
It is at that point that a Rochester Police officer can be heard telling the man who is recording the video, "Get inside why are you still standing here I know you hear me."
The man, who is in his North Street home, replies, "I understand you and I'm standing in my house and I'm filming an accident that has occurred", when the RPD officer interrupts him and says "Sir I need you to go inside you are standing here and I need you to go inside."
Then RPD officer, who is briefly seen in the video, then shoves the man inside his home as he continues to yell at the man to go inside.
The officer then slams the man's door shut while while yelling "If you come out here again I am arresting you!"
|Is this a gun?|
Around the 2 minute and 30 second mark of the video, the video captures a shadow of what appears to look like a gun being pointed, possibly at the man, right before he is forced into his home.It happens so fast that it can be hard to see, but I paused the video, and took a still shot, which can be seen in the photo on the right.
I reached out to my good friend, Mr. Mickey Osterreicher, an attorney and the General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, or NPPA.
Having been involved In the Emily Good incident, the Rochester, NY woman who was arrested by RPD officer Mario Masic for video recording Masic conducting a racially profiled traffic stop in front of her home, I was interested in what Mr. Osterreicher's thoughts on this video were.
|This is a Beretta Px4 Storm|
that RPD officers are issued.
See the similarities when compared
to the photo above?
"If the only reason that he was shoved inside his home was because he was recording, that's exactly the kind of situation that the department of justice talks about on their statement of interest, that you can't single people out just because they're recording", said Osterreicher, from his Buffalo home.
I asked the NPPA lawyer, who is preparing for a trip to New York's Columbia University, followed by a course he will be teaching in Orlando, Florida to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, what he, having personally met with Rochester Police Chief Sheppard after the Emily Good incident, thought about this officer's actions.
|NPPA General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher.|
I don't know if this RPD officer did point a gun at this man, or not.
I will say that as an activist exposing police misconduct and corruption in my hometown of Rochester, NY, I certainly hope that wasn't a gun.
After all, as a Cuban-American, whose parents left their homeland, a police state, precisely because the police do these exact same things to people, it's bad enough that this RPD officer violated this man's constitutional rights and forced him into his home, in the United States of America, a supposedly 'free' country.
It would be even more disturbing if he did in fact pull a gun on this innocent man.
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