Suffolk County Police arrested a man they said allegedly falsely reported that he was struck by a car during a protest in Huntington Station earlier this week.
Keith Harrison, 56, was at a Black Lives Matter protest on Broadway July 6 when a vehicle driven by Anthony Cambareri, of Coram, allegedly struck protesters at around 6:45 p.m.
Police said Harrison allegedly filed a police report, stating he was also struck and was transported to Huntington Hospital.
An investigation by 2nd Squad detectives determined Harrison was not struck. Police provided media with the image show of who they say is Harrison not near where the car originally struck protesters.
He was arrested at his home in Hempstead, at around 4:30 p.m. July 8 and was charged with falsely reporting an incident. He was issued a field appearance ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip July 28.
Another man, Jeremiah Bennett, 26 of East Meadow, was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Huntington Hospital. Bennett alleged on Facebook the vehicle sped up when he came near protesters. Other activists have started a campaign to advocate for more serious charges against Cambareri.
No attorney information for Cambareri is yet available. He is set to appear in front of Suffolk First District Court July 24.