Rochester Cop Assaults Woman for Video Recording Arrest, Handcuffs her Fiancé


The same New York police department that made national news in 2011 when they arrested a woman for video recording a traffic stop from her front yard threatened to arrest another woman for video recording an arrest from a public sidewalk.

This time it was Rochester police officer Jerry Nobles, as identified by local activist Davy Vara, who stormed up to a woman holding a camera and her male companion, telling her, “tape all you want but you can leave or you’re going to jail.”

Nobles then appears to grab them as the video cuts out.

According to Vara, Nobles pushed the woman identified as Alyssa Shipe, tried to take her phone, then turned to her fiancé and handcuffed him.

But moments later, Nobles locked his keys inside his patrol car, a truly Keystone Cop moment that required him to call for an extra set of keys.

Meanwhile, the man he initially arrested, a Rochester firefighter identified as Sean, remained handcuffed in the backseat with the car running while Shipe’s fiancee, Kenny Dudek, remained handcuffed outside the car.

Once another officer brought the extra set of keys, Nobles released both the firefighter and the fiancé with no charges.

The incident took place Saturday night after Shipe dialed 911 to report a group of youths who were threatening to beat up neighbors over a prior incident in which police arrested a woman for fighting with a DJ at a block party.

But when police arrived, they didn’t do anything to investigate the youths, even though one of them reportedly brandished a gun, allowing them to walk away, which can be seen in the beginning of the video.

This inaction prompted several neighbors, including the firefighter named Sean, to criticize the cops, which is what led to his arrest and him exclaiming, “are you kidding me?” in the beginning of the video.

Needless to say, Shipe won’t be calling the cops for anything in the near future.

“I will never call the police for anything again”,  she told Vara.

Call Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard at (585) 428-7033.


About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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  • Herbert Napp

    Carols: Phone. Number.

  • rick

    [Insert sarcastic, satirical, or smartass comment here]

    You can legally record all you want…but not here.
    That, folks, is Cop Logic ®.

  • nrgins

    I guess that’s the cops’ plan: ineffectiveness and harassment of citizens, resulting in citizens no longer wanting to call them. Then they can sit back and do nothing. Well played, guys. Well played.

    And what’s up with Rochester cops and photography? Rochester was the home of Eastman Kodak. You’d think they’d be all about photography!

    • JustaVetSailorfromPennsylvania

      The great Yellow Father is no longer, not even a shadow remains.

      • nrgins

        Or… it could be that there’s a deep-seeded resentment towards digital photography in Rochester, since it brought down the great Kodak, the city’s main tax revenue. And so this anti-photography bias with Rochester cops may be based on that. I bet if people were using good ole Kodacolor, the cops would probably pose for photographs, with arms around each other, and big wide smiles on their faces.

        • JustaVetSailorfromPennsylvania

          Your are correct, it was that way in Rochester when the Great Yellow Father was employing over 40000 in the area. But, unfortunately, the senior management did not see the big changes coming even though they developed a great of the technology for digital.

          But the demise of any business in any particular city or region should not and does not have any impact of the rights afforded to the Citizens.

          • nrgins

            Yes, this is what happens when people get used to having a cash cow: they never think the cow will get sick or die, or that a younger, fitter cow, will come along and give their competitors an advantage. Sadly, “Easty,” the Kodak cash cow, died because she refused to change her innards from analog to digital teats before it was too late, and people were already getting digital milk from Japan.

          • JustaVetSailorfromPennsylvania

            Yes, there were two events that really signaled the demise of what once was a great company and corporate citizen:
            1. Buying Lysol for what good reason no one has even figured out!
            2. Selling Eastman Chemical off.
            After this two events it was all steeply downhill.

          • nrgins

            I guess they felt chemicals were yesterday, and wanted to streamline to focus on products and printing. Who knows. Point remains, though, that they could have been a leader in digital photography, but chose, instead to bury their digital division and keep their fingers crossed that their cash cow would live forever. I guess any given CEO is only concerned with keeping the company alive during his tenure.

    • Rob

      I doubt the sit back & do nothing result. Truly do. If they do that, even they know they’d be perceived as useless and eventually “let go” due to lack of work. Or, wait…

      Maybe, just maybe…

      That’s sort of what it’s all about, isn’t it? Manufactured terror at home and overseas? Militarize the police, then be the solution through Martial Law when they and the rest of society get out of hand?

      Really? No one else sees it?

      • nrgins

        Whatever it is, it’s bad. And I don’t have hope that anything’s going to change anytime soon. Right now the US gov is in the middle of big privacy-encroachment orgasm, and they’re not going to stop peeping at us inwardly and controlling us outwardly. Fascism is already here. Just no one notices it because it hasn’t directly affected them. Yet. “First they came for the Muslims, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Muslim….”

  • JustaVetSailorfromPennsylvania

    I am very surprised and most disappointed in how the quality of life has declined in Rochester. It once was a nice place. But with the economic decline, the quality of everything seems to go down even faster. Thence, we see a Chromed Domed Roly Poly Uniformed Badge Fascist Thug that is completely without any clue as to how to properly act in such a event. Thankfully, no one was charged after they were seized and cuffed. A real Keystone Cops parody would occur if this fool had also have locked his cuff keys into his war wagon. How disappointing it is that such incidents now occur so frequently. While will the people really start demanding positive changes? Unfortunately, think that the only that the will is when there are limits place on TV and the Internet, but by then it will way to late.

    “There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.” –
    Walter Cronkite

  • CornbreadDamnitCornbread

    It’s about damn time we put an end to this bullshit and start fighting back….vigilante justice is the only way we are going to get results. Bitching about it on the internet, starting petitions, suing police officers/departments, where has any of that gotten us!? Nowhere….time to get a gun and start fighting back otherwise we will be forced to roll over and take this for the rest of our lives.

    • Difdi

      When legitimate justice becomes impossible, vigilante justice becomes inevitable.

      (I can’t find a source for the quote, but I’ve seen it around a few places and it’s quite the quote).

      • n4zhg

        “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

        John F. Kennedy

    • $22798478

      Remember the movie Star Chamber? Imagine one set-up for this purpose.

  • Ron Grounds

    Never call the police.

    • rick

      If a handgun was brandished in an attempt to intimidate then calling the police would be the sensible thing to do.
      Perhaps better, never call the police absent a potentially violent situation?

      • Rob

        I carry my own handgun, so if some punk brandishes a gun at me, my family, or my friends, he’d better be ready to use it because I’ll shoot his ass without hesitation. After I’ve made sure he’s unable to shoot back or testify, I’d call 911 to have the coroner and a detective dispatched. Otherwise I see no need whatsoever in calling the police.

  • discarted

    I called, but the Chief doesn’t answer his phone or take voicemail. How convenient.

  • Phillip

    Very glad she learned her lesson to never call the cops except to pick up a body or some other truly necessary act without lasting physical harm or loss of life. Hope she spreads the gospel of this truth!

  • steveo

    Do you wonder why nobody talks to cops in the hood? People there are more afraid of the cops than the criminals. It’s starting to infect almost every neighborhood.

  • Phred

    Sounds like calling the cops in the above gun-brandishing case didn’t work out too well. They were pissed they had to leave the doughnut shop.

  • Keyser Soze

    New York courts have ruled that it is not the police department’s responsibility to protect the citizens. So why do we pay these jacked booted thugs again?…

  • Barking Dog

    They’ve been training in Israel. Just look at the list of sessions for just the ADL, there are other groups:

  • Barking Dog
  • Difdi

    Cool, thanks!