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A Secret Service agent 'choke slammed' him at a Trump rally. DHS said it was fine.

Added 09-11-20 04:43:02am EST - “A federal watchdog quietly cleared William Figueroa of wrongdoing in the 2016 incident, to the chagrin of press advocates who said the use of force was excessive and disturbing.” - Politico.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Politico.com: “A Secret Service agent 'choke slammed' him at a Trump rally. DHS said it was fine.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A federal watchdog quietly cleared William Figueroa of wrongdoing in the 2016 incident, to the chagrin of press advocates who said the use of force was excessive and disturbing.

During a presidential campaign that took acrimony with the press to unprecedented heights, the violent encounter between a Secret Service agent and a photographer at a Donald Trump rally at Radford University in southwest Virginia in February 2016 still manages to stand apart.

Viral videos of the confrontation show that as Time magazine photographer Christopher Morris stepped out of a so-called press pen to snap pictures of Black Lives Matter demonstrators, a Secret Service agent William Figueroa grabbed Morris by the neck, lifted him and threw him onto a table.

After the pro-wrestling-style “choke slam,” Morris fell to the ground, could be seen kicking at Figueroa and briefly put his hand on the agent’s throat in what appeared to be an outraged reenactment of the earlier takedown.

Now, a Department of Homeland Security inspector general report and other documents obtained exclusively by POLITICO show that federal investigators cleared the agent of any wrongdoing in the episode, finding his actions to have been “reasonable.”

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