Legislature OKs settlement for freelance photographer

Phil Datz was recording a police chase in

Phil Datz was recording a police chase in July 2011 when he was approached by a police sergeant and told to leave. Datz was arrested a short time later. (Credit: News 12)

HAUPPAUGE - The Suffolk Legislature has approved a $200,000 settlement for a freelance news photographer wrongfully arrested by Suffolk police.

Phil Datz was recording a police chase in July 2011 when he was approached by a police sergeant and told to leave. Datz was arrested a short time later.

The charges were later dropped.

The county has also agreed to train and test officers every year on the First Amendment right of the public and the media to observe, photograph and record police activity in public locations.

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