A reporter covering a campaign event for a GOP gubernatorial candidate got into a battle of words with police, leading to his physical take-down and arrest.
Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate in the race for governor of Virginia was arriving via car at a local Virginia parade on Saturday. A reporter for Shareblue Media, Mike Stark, was at the event, taking images of Gillespie when a police officer asked him to move back onto the sidewalk and to stay out of the road.
In a video taken of the incident (see below), Stark appears to be arguing with the officer, with most of the conversation inaudible and interspersed with sounds from vehicles and sirens. Reportedly, Stark was told he wouldn’t be able to ask Gillespie questions. Then, another officer tells Stark that he’ll be arrested if he curses again, to which Stark clearly replied, “f**k this.”
The officers proceed to arrest Stark, who does not appear to be cooperating with their efforts, leading officers to employ a take down technique on the large man. Stark’s legs are pulled out from under him as he’s propelled to the ground, face first.
Stark was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was released on a $3,000 bond. According to Stark, when he returned to his car, his tire had been punctured.
On Tuesday, Shareblue released footage taken during the incident, calling it disturbing and saying Stark had been “violently arrested.”
Gillespie is facing Democrat Ralph Northam in the gubernatorial race. Real Clear Politics currently has Northam ahead of Gillespie in the polls.
See a video of the incident below.
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