Lawsuit Defends Right to Film Police in Suffolk County


Wednesday at 1:00 PM in Central Islip, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the National Press Photographers Association, and a law firm representing a commercial videographer will hold a press conference to announce a legal action regarding Suffolk County’s policy and practice of obstructing the First Amendment right of the press and the public to record and gather the news about police activity in public places.
The legal action concerns a July 2011 incident in which professional video journalist Philip Datz was unlawfully arrested and detained by Suffolk County police while filming police activity on a public street in Bohemia. Following his release, he posted video of the encounter on YouTube.
Mr. Datz, will be joined by his Attorney and NYCLU Suffolk County Chapter Director Amol Sinha for interviews tomorrow starting at 1:00 PM at the NYCLU Suffolk County Chapter’s office, which is located at Touro Law Public Advocacy center, 225 Eastview Drive in Central Islip.

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  1. Bob Shepard says:

    I think this police officer is a disgrace to the uniform. You can;t make up the rules as you go along. Fire this idiot immediately!!!!

  2. Jessica says:

    It seems like Suffolk county has allot of problems with there police officers, has any one considered doing an investigation in on this town. I mean come on these police officer assault people, harass people, hurt people who are already in pain. These people need to go some where and get their heads out of their pelvises.

  3. No surprise.. First I’ve heard about this one. Does sound like a chronic problem down there.

  4. Lemming says:

    An opinion from US Justice Department (on another case) that is _not_ going to make Suffolk happy

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