Charge to be dropped against photojournalist arrested for videotaping police

Long Island Press
The Suffolk County Police Department plans to drop charges against a freelance news photographer arrested Friday for videotaping police. The Long Island Press reported that the police commissioner made the decision about an hour after the Press Club of Long Island protested the arrest. The police commissioner told the newspaper that officers will undergo media relations training. The photographer, Phil Datz, was videotaping the conclusion of a police chase when an officer told him to "go away," although other members of the public were allowed to remain. When he resumed filming farther away, he was arrested and charged with obstruction. || Related: What to do when police tell you to stop taking photos, video (Poynter.org)

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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