Photographer choked, slammed to ground by Secret Service at Trump rally
Video shows a Secret Service agent grabbing a member of the media by the throat and throwing him to the ground at a Donald Trump rally in Radford, Virginia Monday.
Multiple videos posted online of the incident piece together the course of events.
Award-winning photographer Christopher Morris, on assignment for Time magazine, told CNN he was attempting to exit the media area to photograph Black Lives Matter protesters when the altercation occurred.
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Independent Journal reporter Joe Perticone posted multiple videos of the altercation, one showing the agent physically blocking Morris, who then swore at the agent.
The throat grab appears to come next, with Morris being slammed to the ground.
Video clips then show Morris on the ground kicking at an agent standing over him. After he gets up Morris then places his hands on the agent’s neck, in an apparent attempt to show what the agent had done to him.
“He grabbed me, he grabbed me by the neck,” Morris can be heard yelling as he is removed from the rally by security and police.
Morris told CNN he will not 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,” Morris said.
In a statement, the Secret Service said it is aware of the incident involving an “employee” and investigating.
“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 statement reads.
“The Secret Service will provide further details as warranted once additional facts surrounding the situation are known.”
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