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August 1, 2011

Caught on Video: News Cameraman Arrested For Filming Police Chase

  • Posted on August 1, 2011 at 8:42am by Jonathon M. SeidlJonathon M. Seidl

A videographer responsible with capturing news footage became the news on Friday, when he filmed part of his own arrest while trying to capture footage of a police scene. But was it fair?

Phil Datz works for a third-party news outlet that tapes footage for other stations. On Friday, he was sent to capture the tail end of a police chase in Suffolk County, NY. But when he got there, one officer who claimed to be a 30-year veteran of the force wasn’t happy with his presence across the street. So he confronted Datz, telling him that Datz couldn’t film because the crime scene was “active.” A confused Datz respectfully tried to reason with the officer, but that didn’t work.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years and there’s nothing you can hold over my head; go away” the officer who Datz refers to as “sergeant” can be heard telling Datz, who then gets in his car and moves a block away.

But that still wasn’t good enough for the officer. In Datz’s video, the cop can be seen speeding up to Datz’s new location, leaping out of his cruiser, and then telling Datz he is under arrest. Datz can be heard saying that he called the “PIO” — or public information officer — and he told him to keep filming. Then the footage stops:

Datz, who works for Stringer News Service, was arrested and charged with obstruction of governmental administration. He was finger printed and released.

According to the Long Island Press, another officer apologized to Datz at the station, but said that since the arrest had already been made, nothing could be done.

Tony Ryan, who owns Stringer, said his company is considering a lawsuit. According to him, this is the third time in the last two years that one of his employees has gotten arrested at the scene of a crime.



Woman was arrested for videotaping police from her front yard in Rochester, New York. On the video, she is heard voicing her property rights to the comandeering officer to which he than replies: “It doesn’t matter; you’re not listening to my orders.”  He had also mad a previous remark about her seeming anti-police! Regardless, she has her Freedom of speech rights whether the police like it or not. She did Not threaten the police, she did Not incite a riot, and she Did film what was occuring in front of her home, first on a public sidewalk and then from on her own property while armed with nothing other than her camera. The police insisting she go into her home, as if she doesn’t have the same rights regardless of what portion of her property she in on. Unless martial law has been declared, of course it has not, what authority do the police have to force you to go inside your home, or arrest you if you don’t.

Mind you, we here at Govtrack are not anti-police, and have the utmost respect for decent and reasonable police officers who uphold their constitutional oaths, however as to those that abuse and overreach their authority, and make alarmingly bad judgment calls such as this, they should not be simply allowed to apologize and then get a slap on the wrist until they do it to someone else, rather they should be fired!


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Woman was arrested for videotaping police from her front yard in Rochester, New York. On the video, she is heard voicing her property rights to

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