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Video: N.Y. Videographer Arrested for Filming Pursuit

August 01, 2011  | 

VIDEO: N.Y. Videographer Arrested

A Suffolk County (N.Y.) Police officer arrested a news cameraman, who had stopped to film the scene after a pursuit, for interfering with an "active investigation."

Phil Datz, a videographer with Stringer News Service, posted the video of his Friday evening encounter on YouTube.

The officer, who Datz refers to as "sergeant," repeatedly tells Datz to "just go away." Datz was arrested and charged with obstruction of governmental administration. He was booked at the Fifth Precinct station on Long Island.

On Monday, Suffolk County police announced plans to have charges dropped against Datz. Commissioner Richard Dormer also announced an internal review of the incident and said all officers will undergo media relations refresher training.

Source: Long Island Press

Tags: Police-Media Relations, Crime Scenes, Suffolk County (N.Y.) PD


Comments (2)

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michael @ 8/1/2011 11:28 PM

I think the Sgt. knows he has FU. I understand where he is coming from but everyone has Constitutional Rights and that we protect those rights in all cases. Just like this one, it allows people to do things they want to do and they are protected by these same rights. I bet this is going to cost both him and the county a lot of money. We need to think before we react, its not like it was in the old days.

kogk @ 8/2/2011 5:44 AM

This numb-nuts just cost Suffolk County a couple of mil.

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