In Alaska, Reporter Tony Hopfinger was trying to question Republican senate candidate Joe Miller at a public meeting at a public school, when the hired security took offense. The security, which included active service military members, ended up handcuffing Hopfinger to a railing for 20 minutes or so until the police showed up. The security detail also tried (unsuccessfully) to bar other reporters from taking pictures or talking to Hopfinger.
The meeting was public; there were other reporters present, the public were invited to ask questions.
The police released Hopfinger, and to date, no charges have been laid.
I think that this represents intimidation of the press and wrongful imprisonment of a reporter. I would hope that the prosecutors office look at the situation very carefully, and lay charges against the security personnel who took the extreme step of detaining a civilian for asking questions of a candidate for office in a public meeting.
Miller’s office is trying to spin this as “Hopfinger going crazy and assaulting people”. Unfortunately for them, there are plenty of witnesses who say otherwise.