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Officials charged CNN political analyst April Ryan’s bodyguard with assault after he allegedly physically removed a local journalist from an event that featured Ryan.
Ryan has not spoken about the incident. She has become one of the loudest voices to bash President Donald Trump over his words against the media. She has also contributed to the hyperbole that Trump’s administration presents a danger to the free press.
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New Brunswick Today editor Charlie Kratovil accused Joel Morris of “violently” removing him from the event on August 3 at The Heldrich Hotel. From NJ.com (emphasis mine):
A criminal complaint dated August 19 charges 30-year-old Joel Morris of Country Club Hills, Illinois, with harassment, assault and theft. It alleges Morris took Kratovil’s arm and shoved it behind his back, injuring his forearm and shoulder. The harassment and theft charges stem from Morris taking the camera, according to the complaint.
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Kratovil said a public relations firm had alerted him to Ryan’s appearance and invited him to attend the NJ Parent Summit. He said he received permission and arrived at the hotel, checked in and recorded other speakers for two hours without issue.
But shortly before Ryan took the stage, a man began to question his camera and his presence, he said.
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In video of the incident, Ryan appears before the crowd and soon stops speaking. She pauses as a man comes up to the podium and then moves to the camera.
“What I will say, when I speak, I don’t have news covering my speeches,” Ryan tells the crowd.
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“Don’t touch my camera,” Kratovil is heard saying. “Don’t you dare, put that down, sir. That’s my camera.”
The footage spins as the camera moves, sometimes going dark, at others catching glimpses of a lobby and the bodyguard.
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“At that point, I had no choice” but to leave the room, Kratovil told NJ Advance Media...
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