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Mar 01, 2016

It seems like wherever Donald Trump is at, trouble is either brewing, somebody's getting thrown out at one of his rally, racism is in the air, ignorance is prowling, either Trump is inciting a riot or going off about the Black Lives Matter Movement. When it comes to Donald Trump, controversy is not a good look for him. New York Daily News can be bias at times and published a front cover of The Donald wearing a Ku Klux Klan attire, tells the masses he's a tyrant not a leader. But that's another article. 

Yesterday (Feb. 29th.) during a Trump rally at Radford University in Virginia, a photographer for Time got choked slammed by one of Trump's Secret Service men. Referencing an article from the Wall Street Journal, the rally generated a crowd of 3,000 people, however there was about 30 people in the crowd which was the Black Lives Matter protestors, Trump of course demanded the security guards to remove the protestors from the premises. 

Below is an excerpt how it went down according to the Wall Street Journal:

The rally, at Radford University on Monday, drew a crowd of about 3,000, most of them Trump supporters. But about 30 young supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement interrupted Mr. Trump’s remarks, chanting, “No more hate, let’s be great.” Mr. Trump urged security guards to expel the protesters — “Get ‘em out.” As they were being removed, Christopher Morris, a veteran photographer for Time magazine, attempted to move out of a press holding area to take pictures of the protesters. As he did so, a Secret Service agent assigned to the Trump campaign told him to retreat. they scuffled, and the agent grabbed the photographer by the neck and threw him to the ground. From the ground, Mr. Morris kicked the agent.

And the footage of the scuffle can be viewed below. 

Another angle of the altercation displays footage of Morris exchanging words with the Secret Service and saying "f*ck you!" and then, all hell broke loose. 

Morris made a statement about Donald Trump's rules making it difficult for photographers to work. 

"What happened today was very unfortunate and unexpected. The rules at Trump events are significantly stricter than other campaigns and make it very difficult to work as a photographer, as many others have pointed out before me. I regret my role in the confrontation, but the agent’s response was disproportionate and unnecessarily violent. I hope this incident helps call attention to the challenges of press access."

And continued with his statement, revealing he has never had any confrontation with any Secret Service while he was employed at the White House. 

"I’ve worked for nine years at the White House and have never had an altercation with the Secret Service."

Time released a statement about the incident which can be viewed below. 

TIME has contacted the U.S. Secret Service to express concerns about the level and nature of the agent’s response. Morris has also expressed remorse for his part in escalating the confrontation. 

And the Secret Service response:

“The Secret Service is aware of an incident involving an employee of the Secret Service that occurred earlier today in Radford, VA. At this time, our local field office is working with their law enforcement partners to determine the exact circumstances that led up to this incident. The Secret Service will provide further details as warranted once additional fas surrounding the situation are known.”