Sheriff’s deputies in Nevada allegedly pushed a 60-year-old Reno Gazette-Journal photographer to the ground and shoved his face into some gravel, the newspaper has reported. The incident happened at the scene of a city fire. The deputies ended up citing the photographer for obstruction and resisting their orders.
Tim Dunn, a 21-year veteran of the paper, said that after he identified himself to an officer at the scene, he was ordered to move down a hill, away from the fire, where other media had been directed. Dunn objected, but said he was moving as he’d been ordered to do when the deputies arrived, threw him to the ground and handcuffed him. He suffered minor injuries to his face.
Dunn is quoted in the RG-J report: “My rights were violated, and the force they used was not necessary.”
Beryl Love, executive editor of the paper, called the treatment of Dunn “shocking” and said the paper would file a formal administrative complaint.
Update: The Associated Press reported today (6/25) that Dunn has filed a formal complaint, citing the use of excessive force by sheriff’s deputies during his arrest last week.
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