Freelance photographer arrested in Bohemia

BOHEMIA - A freelance photographer was arrested by Suffolk police Friday evening for filming a police investigation, and the photographer insists he was within his rights as a member of the news media.

Cameraman Phil Datz says he arrived at the scene on Sycamore Avenue in Bohemia after hearing what sounded like a high-speed chase over his police scanner. As he began filming, a police seargent approached him and demanded he leave. Datz then moved nearly two blocks away and resumed shooting. Datz says he had every right to be filming, especially since the street was open to traffic and pedestrians and there was no crime scene tape up.

"I'm trying to be respectful of them doing their job. I made every effort to stay out of the way and go as far away as possible," said Datz. However, the same officer then drove up in his squad car and placed Datz under arrest.

Suffolk police officials declined to comment, but released a statement saying they're "reviewing the circumstances surrounding the arrest."

For extended footage of Datz's arrest, check out Channel 612.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced that it 1 Foundation offers to pay fallen firefighter's mortgage
Suffolk fire officials say a house was gutted 2 House gutted by overnight fire in Oakdale
Police say Vierka Batista-Coronado hit Jose Martinez around 3 Central Islip mom pleads not guilty to fatal hit-and-run
The owner of a Huntington church and food 4 Huntington food pantry owner says he is being targeted by neighbors, town
Residents tell News 12 they are upset and 5 Huntington residents concerned over new cell phone towers

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.