Six weeks after a Suffolk County police officer embarrassed himself by arresting a news videographer doing his job, a Suffolk County EMS worker can be seen trying to rip a camera out of a news videographer’s hands.
The tug-of-war over the camera lasts 30 seconds before a Suffolk County police officer separates the two, sending the videographer on his way with his camera.
The good news is that Suffolk County police appeared to have read and understood the memo that photography is allowed at news scenes, which the National Press Photographers Association helped draft last month.
The bad news is that they didn’t even think about detaining the EMS worker who should have been arrested for attempted strong-armed robbery.
Here is how LiNewsCenter describes it on Youtube:
A WNBC Cameraman was attacked by a Suffolk County EMS officer at a Haz-Mat seen in Bohemia New York. The cameraman was filming the aftermath of a chemical spill inside a commercial building that unleashed fumes. The accidental mixing of chemicals sickened 54 workers at a cellphone refurbishing plant in Bohemia.
The cameraman did not cross any police lines and was within his rights to film. The EMS Person Is yelling at the cameraman that he will have him arrested and is trying to rip the camera out of the cameraman’s hands. The camera was damaged during the confrontation. Suffolk police can be sean in the video and took no action agains the EMS office who attacked the cameraman. Police escorted the cameraman down the block and erected police lines to keep the media back.