Alaska Editor Handcuffed by Joe Miller's Guards
Tea party candidate's security cuffs journo for 'trespassing' at town hall event
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2010 2:52 AM CDT
Updated Oct 18, 2010 7:12 AM CDT
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(Newser) – An Alaska editor was "arrested" and handcuffed by bodyguards of Tea Party Senate candidate Joe Miller as the journalist attempted to ask Miller questions following a public event. Tony Hopfinger of the Alaska Dispatch was cuffed and held by the guards in the hallway of a public middle school where the event occurred. The editor was finally released after Anchorage cops ordered the guards to do so. The guards claimed Hopfinger had "trespassed" on the town hall meeting at the school organized by the Miller campaign and that he "shoved" one of the guards.

As reporters attempted to question Hopfinger on the scene, they were also threatened with arrest for trespassing, and confrontations with journalists by guards included "chest bumps" and "shoving matches" at the "bizarre school scene," reports the Anchorage Daily News. The guards confiscated Hopfinger's video camera, and he said a section recording his confrontation with the guards had been erased. A statement from Miller said that the "liberal blogger lost it" at the town hall meeting during a deliberate "publicity stunt." For more on the story, click here.

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T-MAN
Oct 18, 2010 9:21 PM CDT
Sissy teabagger who won't answer questions , condemns unemployment money ( except when his wife collects it) . What a sad little tool he is . Man -up Joe!!!
kokuaguy
Oct 18, 2010 3:00 PM CDT
@ a_pile_of_duey: Welcome to newser. Do you have any comments that are relevant to the news reported on this page?
dann0
Oct 18, 2010 1:25 PM CDT
Wasn't it the Tea party that started the town hall disruptions during the Health Care "debates?"