September 1, 2014 6:36 pm -

Journalist Nydia Tisdale is seen in a video that surfaced being forcibly removed from a local Republican event in Georgia, and later arrested.

Nydia Tisdale went to Burt’s Farm in Dawsonville, Georgia, to record video of speeches by David Perdue, the state’s GOP nominee for U.S. Senate, as well as Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and others. Tisdale runs the website, Talking Points Memo reports.


[su_center_ad]At one point, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens directed his attention toward Tisdale.

“I don’t know why you’re videotaping,” Hudgens said to the journalist.

10 minutes later, a hand appears in front of Tisdale’s camera, aggressively blocking Tisdale’s camera. Then a male begins pushes Tisdale out of the building and into an adjacent one.

The identity of the man pushing Tisdale isn’t clear but TPM notes that at some point a Dawson County sheriff’s official appeared in the video.

Tisdale told the official that she would like to go into her purse to get her identification.

“Nope, you’re going to jail,” the officer said.

“I’ve been real nice, now you’re going to jail for resisting arrest if you do not stop,” the official said.

The sheriff’s official then had Tisdale with her hands behind her back pressed against a desk. The officer — after being repeatedly asked by Tisdale — never identified himself in the video.

Dawson County Republican Party Chairwoman Linda Clary Umberger followed the official and Tisdale at one point in the video and can be heard saying to the journalist, “I am sorry that people are treating you this way. This is wrong.”

Tisdale ended up face-down while yelling, “You’re hurting me.”

TPM reports:

In an interview with Atlanta television station WXIA, posted online Sunday, Tisdale highlighted the bruise she got on her arm from the incident.

“He slammed me up against a countertop and bent me over,” Tisdale said.

On Thursday, another Atlanta station, WGCL, reported that Tisdale is facing a felony charge of obstructing an officer. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office said Tisdale attacked the official, who was identified as Capt. Tony Wooten, while he was trying to arrest her. On Sunday, the Gainesville Times newspaper reported that Wooten had been cleared of any wrongdoing. Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle said that an internal probe found that Wooten had followed protocol in arresting Tisdale.


Not to worry. I’m sure they pushed her around for freedom, or something. [su_sky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

78 responses to Watch: Journalist Roughed Up And Arrrested At Georgia GOP Event

  1. Cosmic_Surfer September 1st, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Looks like a GW Bush event (except they went after anyone that wasn’t breathing Neo-Con psychosis)

  2. fantagor September 1st, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Charged with aggravated filming of a Republican event and second degree documentation of the truth.

  3. Denise September 1st, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    When cops and politicians don’t want the 4th Estate around, something wrong is happening that neither want the general public to know about.

    • raincheck September 1st, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      I hate to sound stupid.. but what is the 4th Estate?

      • Republicans_are_Evil September 1st, 2014 at 7:17 pm

        The media.

        • raincheck September 1st, 2014 at 7:50 pm

          Thank you…

  4. tiredoftea September 1st, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    The brown uniform shirt seems especially poignant.

    • raincheck September 1st, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Did you mean “touching, moving, sad, affecting, pitiful, piteous, pathetic, sorrowful?”

      Or this other definition: “sharp and pungent in taste or smell?”
      I don’t know what’s wrong with my mind today… because THIS popped into it too… If it’s brown… flush it down….

      • tiredoftea September 1st, 2014 at 7:22 pm

        Congratulations on taking it to the obvious conclusion!

  5. Red Mann September 1st, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    After the Romney and McConnell debacles, recordings aren’t their friends. They just can’t speak their minds when an outsider is present.

  6. labman57 September 1st, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Besides the obvious matter of police harassment and intimidation of a member of the news media at a political event, what does it say about the Senate candidate and other elected officials who are so fearful that their campaign speeches would be posted online?

  7. M D Reese September 1st, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    This should make great campaign footage…

  8. Red Mann September 1st, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    American Fascists in action. What an arrogant pr*ck the sheriff is.

  9. Roctuna September 1st, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    So despite all evidence to the contrary, including the remarks by the bystander, Capt. Wooten merely has to claim she attacked him? Not white privilege but police privilege. He keeps telling her to stop. What exactly is she supposed to stop doing? Stop being abused by an overzealous thug?

    • raincheck September 1st, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      They do this all the time… they will yell at you to “stop resisting!” “stop going for my gun!” … They do this to give the impression to any onlookers or people that can’t see clearly, that you are resisting arrest etc.

      • uzza September 1st, 2014 at 8:43 pm

        In my case, coming over to ask politely why an ambulance was parked behind my car in my driveway → pork chop threatening to arrest me for “walking up on” him.

        • raincheck September 1st, 2014 at 9:32 pm

          That’s awful!! Things like that are becoming more common… I asked an Officer for directions once, and he yelled at me, to not bother him while he’s working!!

  10. Republicans_are_Evil September 1st, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    OT. I am freaking out. This used to be Freak Out Nation, so I came here to share what I am freaking out about. I think this could be a great story. It’s a big story imho.
    There is a group of people using software to post comments on various web sites. They are cloning player accounts, and using those accounts to post under yet other names. It is easy to prove too.
    go to The and click on the names of various posters. Occassionally you will notice a profile that does not match the poster’s name. These profiles are being cloned by a script which then starts automated posting. There is at least one person running the software, possibly two, but they are artificially increasing the number of posters, just like the right wingers do at town hall meetings.
    This right wing organization has made numerous death threats against our President and anyone else they want, because they are difficult to track.

    • Republicans_are_Evil September 1st, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      No one believes me. Egad. Is there anybody out there?

    • Kingminnie September 1st, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      What would the purpose be? I don’t doubt that it’s being done, it’s the only way right wingers know how to use the internet, but don’t understand how that could be to their benefit. Anybody with any sense knows they’re full of crap.

      • Cosmic_Surfer September 1st, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        If they start cloning accounts or using accounts belonging to someone else, to post obnoxious, hate-filled, threatening and violent comments, they can get the original user banned and possibly turned in to authorities (depending on the comment)*******. I wouldn’t put anything past trolls – they lack maturity and moral compass and many of them are paid to disrupt, promote bullshit and actually get people in trouble (aw, the wonderful days of digg wars)

        *******The Agent Provocateur of the internet…

  11. raincheck September 1st, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I used to watch the “Cops” series once in a while… but I got real tired of seeing them ruin someones life over a small amount of marijuana… Not ALL of the shows… but too many.
    I can’t stand it when they are hired security goons at a political event, with elected officials speaking there… They’re just plain out of control

  12. Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    By trying to suppress the media highlighting their crackpot ideas, they are drawing more attention to their crackpot ideas. They are too stupid to realize if they had let Nydia Tisdale do her job, most of us, if not all of us, would never have heard of her or this event.

  13. Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    So she fought the police officer, just like Mike Brown did. At least, the police officers’ stories and they are sticking by it.

    BTW, nice advertising for Burt’s Farm!

    • whatthe46 September 1st, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      why do you say mike brown “fought” the police officer?

      • Linda1961 September 2nd, 2014 at 5:21 am

        I was being snarky.

  14. Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Why am I getting a message that I can’t reply to a post that isn’t active? This has happened twice on this thread.

    • Republicans_are_Evil September 1st, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Someone deleted a post?

      • mea_mark September 1st, 2014 at 9:51 pm

        Hung up in limbo land of spam.

    • tiredoftea September 1st, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Possibly some comments waiting for approval. Since Anomaly’s partying with the neighbors, it make take some time for her to clear them!

      • Anomaly 100 September 1st, 2014 at 7:28 pm

        Oh sure, blame me!

        • tiredoftea September 1st, 2014 at 7:32 pm

          Like there’s anyone else to blame?

          • Anomaly 100 September 1st, 2014 at 7:37 pm


          • Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 7:39 pm

            Can’t any mod approve comments?

          • Anomaly 100 September 1st, 2014 at 8:08 pm

            Yes ma’am. But I don’t see any of yours back there. I checked twice. Maybe Disqus is glitchy right now.

          • Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 8:15 pm

            The comments are from New Old Gnu. Apparently marked as SAPM, but I can see them until I refresh, then they disappear. I can’t reply to them, even before they disappear. Check again and see if you can see the comments from New Old Gnu, they are some good comments.

          • Anomaly 100 September 1st, 2014 at 9:07 pm

            Damn, I can’t find them. Mark is a whiz at modding. I really suck. They weren’t deleted, that’s for sure. It has to be a Disqus thing.

          • Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 9:31 pm

            New Old Gnu’s latest comments have posted, so the problem seems to be fixed.

          • mea_mark September 1st, 2014 at 9:34 pm

            I fixed it temp like.

          • New Old Gnu September 1st, 2014 at 9:41 pm

            Thanx, Mark : ) … I’ll be the First to Admit that My “Material” is strongly “Left Leaning” ….. But Nothing Worthy of being “Marked as Spam” IMO : ) .. Thanx : )

          • New Old Gnu September 1st, 2014 at 9:36 pm

            Try Replying to This, Linda, If You would : ) … Getting all kinds of Notifications, Now, …… Maybe the “Problem” is solved : )

          • Anomaly 100 September 1st, 2014 at 9:37 pm

            It must have been a glitch with Disqus. Linda altered us but I couldn’t find your comments. Sorry you were having problems.

          • New Old Gnu September 1st, 2014 at 9:38 pm

            Appreciate Your Attention to THIS Matter, A100 … If ALL “Problems” got remedied THIS Fast I’d be a “Happy Camper” : ) Good Job : )

          • Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 9:40 pm


            ETA – I was able to reply, so it looks like the problem is solved, at least for now. See Mea_mark’s comment above. I look forward to reading more of your comments.

          • New Old Gnu September 1st, 2014 at 9:43 pm

            Gotchya : ) … thanks for doing what You DID to Help Alert the Mods …. seems They MAY have “Fixed” it ……. Be able to Better “Tell’ Tomorrow when I Return … appreciate YOUR Help : )

          • Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 9:45 pm

            Glad to have been of help. Don’t worry, if the fix is temporary, the Mods will fix it permanently tomorrow. Disqus must be taking the day off…

          • New Old Gnu September 1st, 2014 at 9:47 pm

            They’ve Probably Only Removed them from the “Spam Folder” … That CAN Help ….. but it CAN simply Keep happening …. Have to “Wait and See” … Appreciate Your Help : )

          • mea_mark September 1st, 2014 at 10:03 pm

            Your last comment came in OK. Avoid right wing sites for a day or two and see if thing continue to work. If you go trolling right-wing sites and things quit working you might get your answer to the problem sooner.

          • New Old Gnu September 1st, 2014 at 10:16 pm

            Thanx : ) I Seldom Visit ANYTHING More “Right” than “Politico” and VERY Seldom even go THERE …. Problem, Here, MAY have Been related to MY Having NOT been, Here, Before (Or Maybe Once) … I’ll Check back In Tomorrow if for NO Other Reason than to see if “We” Still have a Problem …. appreciate Your Help : )

          • mea_mark September 1st, 2014 at 9:48 pm

            I wouldn’t count on anything. I will look into it though.

          • New Old Gnu September 1st, 2014 at 9:57 pm

            MODESTY !! …. Refreshing But UNNERVING !! : ) Have to “Wait n See” if the “Problem” Recurs Tomorrow, but, for Clearing Me Tonight …. THANK YOU : )

          • mea_mark September 1st, 2014 at 9:33 pm

            Disqus is trying to solve some problems with abuse. I think that it is possible that the filtering at disqus has changed and if you troll left or right your comments may come in as spam. I cleared things and will look into it tomorrow when disqus is open.

      • Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 7:29 pm

        But I can see them – comments by New Old Gnu, and I see no reason they shouldn’t be posted.

        • tiredoftea September 1st, 2014 at 7:32 pm

          It’s her fault, trust me.

          • Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 7:33 pm

            Can’t you approve them?

          • mea_mark September 1st, 2014 at 10:07 pm

            He can, usually comments that come in as spam shouldn’t be approved and I think I am the only one that has been reading them and approving the few that should go through. Things seem to have suddenly changed in the last few hours about what is considered spam. The other mods may have to start looking more carefully at spam comments.

          • Linda1961 September 2nd, 2014 at 5:22 am

            Would be nice if Disqus informed the mods of changes.

  15. uzza September 1st, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Once again, the police don’t hesitate to carry out orders that are clearly illegal.

    When I was a kid I read a lot about WWII, and puzzled over prewar Germany. I wondered how a democracy could become so unlike the USA , where:
    Elected Elected politicians were convicted criminals;
    The only news was transparently false propaganda;
    Police terrorized citizens and were feared and hated;
    People approved of seeing their fellow citizens abused.

    I wish I still had to wonder.

  16. Writenow September 1st, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    This is scary. The cop is a sadist.

  17. majii September 1st, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    The irony is that the event at Burt’s Farm had been billed as an open event. Ms. Tisdale also reported that there were others at the event who were also recording it, but they were not asked to leave. Since I live in GA, I can say that there are many in the GOPTP who want only ‘friendly’ journalists to attend their events. AG Sam Olens was also at the event, and he tried to tell those who were calling for Ms. Tysdale to be removed, not to do it. He even went as far as to ask them to think about the negative impression they were making on the public’s mind by having Ms. Tysdale removed from the event, but, of course, no one was in the mood to listen to him. I also read that there was a guy at the event who threatened Ms. Tysdale with his cane. SMDH.

    • Dirk Prophet September 1st, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      The Burts were asking the pig, Wooten not to arrest her.

  18. EnuffBull September 1st, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    What is with the cowardly police force protecting shitty politicians???

    • Dirk Prophet September 1st, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      We was off duty and paid as private muscle.

  19. Tommy6860 September 1st, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Can anyone ever remember this kind of suppression happening at a democratic event in the past 20 years?

    I thought not. GOP freedom of the press and speech is only if you agree with them. They don’t want dissent, they want the rule of their words.

    • Dirk Prophet September 1st, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Tisdale is completely natural. She publishes political speeches in full and without comment.

  20. Linda1961 September 1st, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Looks like the problem has been resolved. Sorry you had a problem with posting here – it was a Disqus problem. Sometimes Disqus is quirky.

  21. fancypants September 1st, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Yea boss you know how to handle those people

  22. mea_mark September 1st, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Avoid right-wing sites where the moderators don’t like your positions and comments, they can adversely affect your account if they think you are out of line. Disqus is trying to make things more civil I think.

  23. Dirk Prophet September 1st, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Here in georgia, the only amendment the GOP cares about is the second.

  24. whatthe46 September 1st, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    that’s a damn shame.

  25. rg9rts September 2nd, 2014 at 9:32 am

    The gopee detests any sort of coverage…Just ask Mittwitt

  26. Robert William Alexander Jr. September 2nd, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Other journalists were there, including Fetchyournews, and they have a complete report (and video) of the attack on Citizen Journalist Nydia Tisdale…Other were taping at Burt’s Pumpkin farm, but she had embarrassed the republicans by winning an open meeting lawsuit..she was targeted: and Fetchyournews wasn’t ..!.html

  27. R.J. Carter September 2nd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    So in Georgia, we’re getting the message out… without any messengers? o_O

  28. TimTrott September 2nd, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I’m pretty sure this is how all dictatorships begin. corruption, media intimidation, arrests…

  29. DoobiusGamer September 2nd, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    It’s going to take citizens – right and left, green, brown, white, yellow and red, pouring out in the streets in a revolt like we have never seen in this country to get anything across to these animals. And yes, the are ANIMALS. Corruption has taken such a hold it doesn’t even seem I’m in the same country I was born in 55 years ago! I cussed my boss so bad today that I came an inch of getting fired from my shitty little part time, minimum wage job. I’ve been sick with a head and chest cold for a week and have had a day off and a day on, and like that all last week and this. There are only 5 of us employed at this conglomerates convenience store in the first place – 3 full time, vested employees and 2 of us “grunts” I’ve been there a year plus a month with no raise whatsoever and she (my manager/boss) said 2 weeks ago that she would give me an evaluation and “see if” she could “get” me a raise. It isn’t in her hands, of course, she told me (yeah right.) So she condescended to me about me coming to work a little later than she wanted, because she had to call me in because EVERY SINGLE PERSON working there is sick with the same thing I’ve gotten! Well she just pushed me too far. No more Mr. Nice Guy. So we will see where it goes from here. I worked most of my life as an offset and letterpress pressman and in the past 2 years since printing has been on the decline I’ve had to put up with people who are well below my intelligence looking down at me! SCREW THAT! I’m not going to let this stand. Not sure what I can do yet. May take drastic action.

  30. voice_reason September 3rd, 2014 at 9:22 am

    guess republicans have finally learned that they cannot stand the light of truth and have to resort to illegal and unconstitutional behaviors to keep trying to win elections