WATCH: Body cam video of DA Sandra Doorley’s interaction with Webster Police

Body-worn camera footage released of Monroe County DA interaction with Webster Police

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Body-worn camera video shows Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley arguing with a Webster Police officer.

Doorley says she was given a speeding ticket Monday, April 22. In a statement sent to News10NBC Thursday afternoon, Doorley explains she saw a Webster Police car behind her on Phillips Road in the Town of Webster. Once she realized the car wanted to pull her over, she says she called the Webster Police chief to tell him she would speak to an officer at her house.

News10NBC has obtained the body-worn camera video on April 26, from when the officer spoke with her at the home on Monday, and eventually issued her a ticket for going 55 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Body-worn camera: Officer Crisafulli

Body-worn camera: Officer Thomas

Body-worn camera: Officer Coene

Body-worn camera: Officer Johnson

Portions of the video include:

DA Sandra Doorley: “Sorry, I’m the DA, I was going 55 coming home from work.”

Officer: “55 in a 35.”

DA Sandra Doorley: “I don’t really care.”

Doorley tells the officer she did not hear the siren, having been talking on a hands-free phone, and didn’t pull over because “there were other cars.” She tells the officer to go ahead and write a ticket “because I’m the one that’s going to prosecute myself.”

Officer: “So, why didn’t you just stop like you’re supposed to?”

DA Sandra Doorley: “Because I didn’t feel like stopping on Phillips Road at 5:30.”

Officer: “That’s not your choice.”

The next day, April 23, Doorley pleaded guilty and sent the ticket to Webster Town Court.

Below is the full statement issued to News10NBC from Sandra Doorley on April 25:

“On Monday, April 22, 2024, I was driving home following a busy day at work. I admit that I was not paying attention to my speed on Phillips Road in the Town of Webster. Less than half a mile from my neighborhood, I noticed a Webster Police car behind me. Once I realized that the intention of the car was to pull me over, I called the Webster Police Chief to inform him that I was not a threat and that I would speak to the Officer at my house down the street. The Webster Police Officer followed me to my house and issued me a speeding ticket for my speed of 55mph in a 35mph zone. I acknowledged that I was speeding and I accepted the ticket. By 1 p.m. the following day, I pled guilty and sent the ticket to the Webster Town Court because I believe in accepting responsibility for my actions and had no intention of using my position to receive a benefit. Nobody, including your District Attorney, is above the rule of law, even traffic laws.  Anybody who knows me understands without a doubt that I have dedicated my entire 33 year career to the safety of this community. My work to ensure the safety and respect of law enforcement is well proven time and time again. I stand by my work and stand by my commitment to the public safety of Monroe County.”

On April 27, Rochester City Council called on New York State Attorney Letitia James to investigate Doorley’s conduct.

“Recent body camera footage, shared by the Webster Police Department, has raised significant concerns regarding Ms. Doorley’s behavior during a traffic stop in Webster, New York,” the letter reads.  “This incident has led us to question her fitness to serve as District Attorney, and we believe an investigation by your office is warranted.”

All nine members of City Council signed the letter, and say they believe the district attorney’s actions should be “thoroughly investigated.”

Here is a copy of the letter sent to Attorney General Letitia James: