Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Prosecutor mulling charges in editor, Miller flap
JUNEAU, Alaska -- A security guard said he placed a reporter under citizen's arrest at a campaign event for Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller after the journalist refused orders to leave and pushed someone into a locker.
Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger rushed up to and "kind of brushed up against" Miller, and refused repeated requests to leave after being told it was a private event, said Bill Fulton, the Dropzone Security agent involved in Sunday's scuffle at an Anchorage school.
Hopfinger told Anchorage television station KTUU that security pushed him as he tried to question Miller and he pushed back, a statement confirmed by Dispatch publisher Alice Rogoff, who witnessed the confrontation. Anchorage police said they weren't able to find anyone who claimed to have been pushed into a locker but would review witness statements regarding that.
Miller accused Hopfinger of using the town hall for a "publicity stunt." Miller also has claimed the online news site has focused its attention on negative stories about him.