Photographer Thrown to Ground by Secret Service Agent at Donald Trump Rally

Time Photographer Trump Rally Choke Hold
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Time Inc. issued a statement on Monday over an altercation between one of its photographers and a Secret Service agent at a Donald Trump rally in Virginia.

The photographer, Chris Morris, was “thrown to the ground in a choke hold,” according to the media outlet, and then briefly detained.

Morris got outside a designated pen for media at the rally, attempting to photograph Black Lives Matter protesters who interrupted the speech.

According to Time, “A video shows that Morris swore at a Secret Service agent who tried to move Morris back into the pen. A separate video of the event shows that the agent then grabbed Morris’ neck with both hands and threw him into a table and onto the ground.”

Once on the ground, “Morris kicked at the agent who was trying to restrain him. Later, Morris briefly put his hand on the agent’s neck. After the exchange, Morris said he did so in order to demonstrate the choke hold he had just experienced.”

Time said that they contacted the Secret Service “to express concerns about the level and nature of the agent’s response.” Morris has also expressed remorse for his part in escalating the confrontation, according to Time.

The Trump campaign, Time noted, has a policy of requiring that the media stay in a gated area during rallies. Trump often targets the media at his event, and he did so again on Monday.

The Secret Service also screens attendees at Trump events and monitors the media penned area, Time said. Some journalists have raised questions of whether that should fall under their scope of duties, given that their role is to protect candidates.

The Secret Service said in a statement, “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. The Secret Service will provide further details as warranted once additional facts surrounding the situation are known.”

One reporter, Joe Perticone, posted video that was taken just prior to the altercation, as the agent tells Morris to get back in the pen and Morris swears at him.

Several reporters tweeted out video of the altercation below:


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  1. Mat Tam says:

    I watched a few versions of the videos. It is hard to tell who actually started the brawl. As a photographer myself I give the benefit of the doubt to the photographer. Yes, he might have crossed a clearly marked line. But our eyes are on the camera viewfinder. And we are focused on capturing our shot, it is very likely that due to that he crossed the line. Was he at fault? Yes, but it does not warrant physical abuse from the secret agent, I think not. There was a video that shows that once the photographer got up from the ground he put his hand on the agent’s throat. That is unwarranted too. Both side own each other an apology

  2. Big Bill Weatherspoon says:

    This story raises an important point. The Secret Service is supposed to be protecting the candidate, so why are they even near the photographers? They do not present any threat.

    Agents should be doing the hard part of their job, i.e. scanning the crowd for armed and dangerous people. Instead this badge-heavy coward decides to ignore the actual person he’s supposed to be protecting and pushes a nerd around.

    With agents like this on the payroll, it’s no wonder that just about anyone can slip past the Secret Service and stroll into the White House.

  3. Kathy Gibson says:

    The reporter should have been able to read the do not enter zone signs, he is a reporter. Now on the subject of Good old Al he always wants to stir the pot. Where was his over rated big mouth when Will Smith was doing so well. Do a great job and you get rewarded and so many were substandard thus no little gold man. I believe there should b a classification for child actors for this award some of them whine less than adults such as Al Sharpton. The same goes on in sports if you are a drug addict or wife beater all is for given but if you tell a lie or gamble with your own money God help you!

  4. taffy says:

    More lies from Variety. The full video is out there and shows that the reporter was the first to not only physically attack but also verbally attack the secret service guy. After the secret service guy subdued him, the reporter proceeded to kick and flail about on the floor before finally standing up and then grabbing the secret service guy by the throat. Of course the reporter immediately ran to Twitter to pretend to be the victim in all this. Typical liberal. Always quick to resort to violence and just as quick to turn around and play the victim.

  5. Thomas Coke says:

    The idiot violated the rules, there are no games to be played at times like this. Time magazine needs to control their people, you fight back you should get your ass slammed! Quit crying and follow the rules. Because of the Photographers actions he paid the price! Too freaken bad! Nothing else needs to be said.

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