It never ends: an accredited freelance news cameraman was arrested by a Long Island police sergeant Friday evening after he refused to stop videotaping an arrest in Bohemia. Here's video of the incident, which the cameraman, Phil Datz, uploaded to YouTube after he was released from custody. As you can see, the video appears to show a hot-headed (and bald-headed) cop bullying a member of the press without any reasonable explanation:
Datz says he was standing on public property far from the police activity, and in the video you can see other bystanders standing hear him and witnessing the scene without being ordered to leave. Nevertheless, Datz was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of governmental administration. Before the arrest, you can hear the unidentified officer yell at him, "I’ve been doing this for 30 years and there’s nothing you can hold over my head or anyone out there. Go away."
Newsday reports that officers were at the scene responding to a high-speed chase after two suspects hit an unmarked police car. In addition to Datz, two men were arrested on drug and other charges related to the chase. The Suffolk County Police Department issued a statement saying, "The department is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Mr. Datz." [Via Poynter]