Secret Service Agent Brutally ‘Choke-Slams’ Photographer At Trump Rally

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A photographer has said he was placed in a chokehold and slammed to the ground by a Secret Service agent while working at a Donald Trump rally.

Chris Morris – who works for Time –  said the agent choked him and slammed him to the ground as he tried to leave a media pen at the event in Virginia, reports the Independent.

Video of the alleged incident shows the photographer on the ground, kicking out at the agent as if to protect himself while other footage shows the photographer saying ‘fuck you’ at the agent before being dealt the brutal choke slam.

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Morris told CNN:

I won’t be pressing charges. I stepped 18 inches out of the pen and he grabbed me by the neck and started choking me and then he slammed me to the ground.

The incident took place at Radford University and the event was interrupted several times by protesters bearing Black Lives Matters banners.

 

Time reported that Mr Morris had kicked at the agent who was trying to restrain him and briefly put his hand on the agent’s neck to demonstrate the choke hold the agent had placed on him.

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The magazine said it had contacted the Secret Service to express concerns ‘about the level and nature of the agent’s response’.

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In a statement, the agency said:

The Secret Service is aware of an incident involving an employee of the Secret Service that occurred earlier today in Radford.

At this time, our local field office is working with their law enforcement partners to determine the exact circumstances that led up to this incident.

A spokesperson for Mr Trump said:

We are not aware of all details surrounding the incident and all future inquiries should be directed to local law enforcement.

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Mr Trump has repeatedly denounced the media at his campaign events and accused it of treating him unfairly.

Last week, he announced he would like to introduce new libel laws that would limit press freedom:

We’re going to open up our libel laws so when [newspapers] write purposely negative stories … we can sue them and make lots of money.

So more sound logic there then.

Journalists getting choke slammed by the Secret Service – just another day on the Trump campaign trail.


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