Man who was briefly charged after filming arrest considering legal options

Updated: June 28, 2020 11:28 PM
Created: June 28, 2020 11:21 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The 21-year-old Rochester man who briefly faced charges after filming an arrest says he's considering suing the police.

Early Sunday morning, Tobias Massey recorded an arrest on Bay Street that took place after a man acting erratically. That 23-year-old man, who fought with police and even bit one during their attempts to handcuff him, has since been sent to the Monroe County Jail. 


While recording the scene, police asked Massey to step back. After a struggle, they arrested Massey for obstruction and resisting arrest.

Those charges have since been dropped, but Massey is still unhappy about the events.

"When cops arrest you, they don't arrest you easily they do it with force," he said. "So he was literally just twisting my wrists...'yo, yo' I'm complaint get off me. Then I unlocked the door so my stepdad can see because I was afraid for my life. and I didn't do anything. I was just recording. I have a right to do that especially in front of my house" 

Earlier in the day, Rochester Police Department Chief La'Ron Singletary explained what went into deciding whether Massey would face charges or not.

"When we're right, I’ll stand up here and say we're right, and when we're wrong, I'll stand up here and say we were wrong," said Singletary. "Again, it's the interpretation of the officer in that particular point in time, and what I have to do is, when the situation's kind of calmed down, I have a little bit more time to look at the situation than the officer on the street. And the officer's perception, I have to marry that with what the reality is of the law, and if it doesn't match up, if it doesn't marry up, then we have to do what we have to do to make sure that we're doing the right thing."

The video that Massey recorded can be found on social media, but Massey refused to give News10NBC permission to use it. 

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