According to The Independent Journal’s congressional reporter Joe Perticone, the man holding the camera in the video below is a journalist. Perticone writes, “Secret Service agent choke slams reporter. ” The video doesn’t show that, but it does show this reporter kicking the agent from an apparent defensive position.
Nevertheless, once whatever happened between the two men is over, and both are standing, watch the reporter suddenly reach out and grab the Secret Service agent’s throat.
Perticone reports that this happened at Donald Trump’s Monday afternoon campaign rally in Virginia.
CNN reports that the reporter is Time photographer Chris Morris, who claims he was “assaulted first” and that he will not press charges.
Well, Mr. Time Magazine photographer, here’s a reminder since you’ve been hanging out with Black Lives Matter for too long: it’s NEVER okay to go hands on with a police officer.
The agent showed remarkable restraint for not putting this guy down for the count.
Secret Service agent choke slams reporter pic.twitter.com/jdsHOlylSB
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) February 29, 2016
UPDATE: Patching together various sources, the Time photo stepped outside of the press pen, was told to return. He said, “F*ck you” to the Secret Service Agent. He was thrown to the ground, and when he came up, then put his hands on the agent. He was “detained” and released. No word on charges.
“I never touched him,” Morris told Andersen. “I tried to show the press lead what he did to me, and I said he choked me, so I put my hand on him, and that’s when I was arrested,” he said.
The moment reportedly started after Morris said “fuck you” to the guard after being blocked.