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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Videojournalist sues over 2011 arrest
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John C. O'Connell/Herald
Philip Datz spoke at a Press Club of Long Island event shortly after his arrest in July for videotaping an active crime scene in Suffolk County.
The complaint also seeks a judgment that Datz’s constitutional rights were violated, and injunctive relief barring Suffolk County police officers from further interfering with the First Amendment rights of the public and press. Balin said he wants the court to direct Suffolk County to ensure that its officers receive proper training on the First Amendment rights of individuals, and that officers who violate the policy are disciplined.

Balin said that he is certain his client will win this case. He said Datz had the presence of mind to leave the video camera on during his confrontation with Milton, which he said he believes will prove wrongdoing by the police. “We feel very, very confident in this case,” he said.

A call to the Suffolk County attorney’s office seeking comment on the lawsuit was not returned.

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