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Advisory: Press Conference on Major Legal Action Concerning Suffolk County Police Department

April 10th, 2012 by Mickey Osterreicher

CONTACTS:

Mickey Osterreicher 716.688.7800 / [email protected]

Mike Cummings, NYCLU, 212.607.3368 / [email protected]

Amol Sinha, NYCLU, 631.650.2301 / [email protected]

Tomorrow (4/11/12): Press Conference on Major Legal Action Concerning Suffolk County Police Department

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 April 10, 2012 — Tomorrow (4/11/12) at 1 p.m. in Central Islip, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, and the National Press Photographers Association will hold a press conference to announce a legal action regarding the Suffolk County Police Department’s policy and practice of obstructing the First Amendment right of the press and the public to record and gather the news about police activity in public places.

The legal action concerns a July 2011 incident in which professional video journalist and NPPA member Philip Datz was unlawfully arrested and detained by Suffolk County police while filming police activity on a public street in Bohemia. Following his release and the return of his equipment and tape, Datz posted video of the encounter on YouTube.

What:

Press conference to announce legal action against Suffolk County Police Department

When:

Wednesday, April 11 at 1 p.m.

Where:

NYCLU Suffolk County Chapter’s office, which is located at the Touro Law Public Advocacy Center, 225 Eastview Drive in Central Islip

Who:

Mickey Osterreicher, NPPA General Counsel

Robert Balin, attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine

Philip Datz

Amol Sinha, attorney and director of NYCLU Suffolk County Chapter

We will provide you with copies of the press release and filed complaint tomorrow.

 

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Rescheduled: Press Conference on Major Legal Action Concerning Suffolk County Police Department

April 9th, 2012 by Mickey Osterreicher

UPDATE – April 10, 2012 ************

Due to the emergency situation in Suffolk County caused by wild fires we have decided to reschedule the filing of the lawsuit and press conference against the County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the brave men and women who are working tirelessly fighting this fire.

Unless the emergency situation continues, the press conference is now scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 2012. We will confirm and update as to time and location as soon as we have more information on the fire.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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 April 9, 2012 — Tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. in Central Islip, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, and the National Press Photographers Association will hold a media availability to announce a legal action regarding Suffolk County’s policy and practice of obstructing the First Amendment right of the press and the public to record and gather the news about police activity in public places.

The legal action concerns a July 2011 incident in which professional video journalist Philip Datz was unlawfully arrested and detained by Suffolk County police while filming police activity on a public street in Bohemia, NY.

Mr. Datz, Attorney Robert Balin, a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine, and NYCLU Suffolk County Chapter Director Amol Sinha will be available for interviews tomorrow starting at 9:45 a.m. at the NYCLU Suffolk County Chapter’s office, which is located at Touro Law Public Advocacy center, 225 Eastview Drive in Central Islip. Mickey Osterreicher, NPPA General Counsel will be available by telephone 716.983.7800.

 

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