Just in: Court officials in New Jersey issue summons against security guard for @AprilDRyan who was involved in an incident involving journalist @CharlieKratovil on Aug. 3. More... pic.twitter.com/0N0f8vHexR— Paul Farhi (@farhip) August 19, 2019
I asked if he had a card & he responded by saying he was “with the speaker." He left & I thought this would be the end of it, but the mystery man returned, threatening to "take... down" my camera if I did not do so myself.— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) August 5, 2019
I declined to acquiesce to this threat from a stranger.
Just as Rep. Payne was praising Ms. Ryan for her recent @rcfp “Freedom of the Press” award, the public relations people started to gather around me at my table, pressuring me to stop recording.— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) August 5, 2019
As soon as things started going south, I began recording audio of our conversation.
Rather than, you know, pushing the camera’s record button to stop the video recording (or just turning it off), Mr. Morris proceeded to unplug my camera, grab the tripod it was connected to, and steal the entire thing.— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) August 5, 2019
As soon as Mr. Morris touched our camera, I spoke up, saying: “Don’t touch my camera, please. Put that down. Don’t you dare. Put that down, sir.”— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) August 5, 2019
At the same time, Ms. Ryan began attempting to explain to the crowd why they were witnessing the theft of our camera.
“When I speak, I don’t have news covering my speech,” explained Ms. Ryan, adding she wanted to be able to have an “unfettered” discussion.— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) August 5, 2019
Never mind the other video camera (or the other news reporter) that still remained in the room.