Miller's security guards, journalist face no charges in handcuff incident

The Anchorage Daily NewsOctober 20, 2010 

Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor Albert Patterson said Tuesday that no charges will be filed in the incident Sunday in which an online journalist was placed under arrest for trespass and assault by private security guards working for U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller.

Patterson said that likewise no charges will be filed against the guards, who could have been charged with assault in their arrest of the journalist, Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger.

Hopfinger was placed under a private person's arrest by guards from a Spenard company called Drop Zone after he attempted to interview Miller and a scuffle ensued.

The incident occurred after a 45-minute town hall meeting Miller held at Central Middle School.

Miller said Hopfinger blocked his access to a school exit, and he and an aide had to turn back the other way. Hopfinger "physically assaulted another individual and made threatening gestures and movements towards the candidate," Miller's campaign said.

Hopfinger said he was surrounded by hostile people and shoved someone to get some space. Hopfinger said he was being aggressive but not improperly so.

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