MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A freelance videographer has settled a civil rights lawsuit against the Suffolk County Police Department, after he was arrested an arrest following an order by a police sergeant to stop taping the arrest of a suspect.
Philip Datz worked for Stringer News Service, which sells video to television stations and other news outlets. He claimed in his federal lawsuit that his arrest in 2011 obstructed him from doing his job.
Datz said the settlement requires Suffolk County to pay him $200,000. The county legislature approved spending the money in a vote on Tuesday.