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

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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