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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-18-10 07:51 AM
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44. Alaskan reporter detained by security at Joe Miller event
Source: CNN

Washington (CNN) -- A private security guard and a reporter from the Alaska Dispatch offered contradictory accounts of what led to the reporter being handcuffed at a town hall-style event for Senate candidate Joe Miller in Anchorage Sunday night.

The reporter, Tony Hopfinger, said he was trying to ask Miller whether the candidate had ever gotten in trouble for politicking while working for the Fairbanks North Star Borough in 2008.

At that point, private security guards hired by the Miller campaign bumped their chests into him and tried to prevent him for asking any more questions, Hopfinger said.

"The Dispatch reporter repeatedly pushed a camera into the face of Mr. Miller. He continued to aggressively pursue him. I told the reporter several times that he needed to stop and that he was trespassing. He ignored me. He then proceeded to stalk Mr. Miller and even shoved an individual into a locker. Based upon this trespass and his assault, we detained him and escorted him from the premises," the statement read.





Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/10/18/alaska.miller.re...



Parker said private security guards in Alaska can make "private person arrests," much like a citizen's arrest.

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