A community activist who briefly gained the national spotlight after a very public battle with the Rochester Police Department is running for Monroe County Sheriff.  Emily Good announced her candidacy by channeling former New York Gubernatorial Candidate Jimmy McMillan.

“I’m running because the rate of incarceration in the country is too damn high,” said Good.

Speaking in front of Rochester’s Public Safety Building, Good said she’ll challenge Republican Patrick O’Flynn as the Green Party candidate this November.  Good has no experience in law enforcement but she’s no stranger to the criminal justice system.

“There’s a philosophy governing this system that we can change people’s behavior through punishment.  It is false,” Good said.

During her time as an activist, Good has been arrested four times for various charges including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstruction of governmental administration.  Each time the charges were eventually dropped.

“There are people in that building (the county jail) who need to be released.  And they need us to fix the broken policies, change the laws and make sure we don’t keep wasting so much money, time and precious life locking people up unnecessarily,” said Good.

Good’s most notable arrest came in May of 2011.  She was videotaping a Rochester Police traffic stop, and refused several police requests to go back into her home.  The video became an internet sensation, and Rochester Police Union President Mike Mazzeo believes that was the point.

“I think it was a strategy to get attention,” said Mazzeo.

Mazzeo said Good went out of her way to interfere with an officer who was just doing his job.  And Mazzeo said it’s not the only time.  Just two months before making the video, Good was arrested while trying to stop police from enforcing a court ordered eviction.

“In my opinion she tries to entice a response.  She then uses whatever action is taken by police to draw attention to herself,” said Mazzeo.

Good refused to answer specific questions from what she called the “corporate media,” but repeatedly criticized “mass incarceration” and policies and procedures in place in the Monroe County Jail.

“I love my community and I want to help in so many ways but I look around and I see so much of my community is missing because they’re trapped in there.  We need to bring them back into the discussion,” Good said.

Mazzeo believes Good’s 15 minutes of fame have ended, and Tuesday’s announcement was nothing more than a publicity stunt.

“With such a ridiculous conclusions I doubt her sincerity in running for Sheriff.  When you make light of such an important job you do a disservice to the law enforcement community.  Be more respectful,” Mazzeo said.

Good said she wants to meet directly with community members before announcing any specific policies or goals should she be elected.

“I’m not coming to this campaign with the all the answers.  There’s a lot of problems.  But I can see this system’s devastating impact happening all around me,” Good added.

Monroe County Democratic Chairman Joe Morelle said the party will introduce its own candidate next week making it a three-person race.