Watch: Journalist Roughed Up And Arrrested At Georgia GOP Event
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 AboutForsyth.com, 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.”
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]