Because there has been some misinformation going around, I want to lay out exactly what happened before, during, & after this video.
At his suggestion, I set up the camera and tripod right next to another camera and tripod. I shook hands w/ the man running that camera.
I declined to acquiesce to this threat from a stranger.
As soon as things started going south, I began recording audio of our conversation.
I told them "If he doesn’t give me his name & tell me on the record why I can’t [video], I’m not turning off the camera.”
I tried to explain that I wasn’t writing an article and that the purpose of my attendance was to video record the speech. Just doing my job.
At this point, we all left the room to discuss further.
At the same time, Ms. Ryan was thanking Rep. Payne for his introduction, stating “it’s an honor to be in your district.” (New Brunswick is not in his district.)
Mr. Morris approached the podium & said something to her. She nodded and went silent for the next 27 seconds.
At the same time, Ms. Ryan began attempting to explain to the crowd why they were witnessing the theft of our camera.
Never mind the other video camera (or the other news reporter) that still remained in the room.
I gathered some of my belongings and caught up w/ the thief, demanding he return the camera. He eventually gave it up.
I had retrieved the property that Mr. Morris had stolen from me, and at this point, I had ZERO interest in returning to an event where I had quickly come to feel unwelcome.
But then Mr. Morris began to get violent w/ me right there.
I tried to get away from the perpetrator, but within seconds, he began assaulting me without provocation in the lobby & continued his assault as he forced me out of the building.
I later gave a statement to NBPD's Ryan Daughton & he told me that he'd prepare a police report.
I intend to press charges.