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Alaska Journalist Won't Face Charges

Neon Tommy |
October 19, 2010 | 7:45 p.m. PDT

A reporter, who was arrested by Republican Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller's security guards Sunday, will not have charges filed against him, said Alaska law enforcement officials Tuesday.

Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger was arrested by Miller's security for allegedly assaulting a security guard and trespassing at a town hall event in Anchorage. The Anchorage Police Department later arrived on the scene and took over the case.

Hopfinger said that he had approached Miller to ask him a few questions, and was subsequently detained by Miller's security guards for half an hour.

“At some point I was suddenly surrounded by more guys, more security guards I guess,” he said. “They were kind of putting their chest into me, and at one point I put my chest in too -- it got to be too much.”

The decision not to file charges came after officials reviewed witness statements, police reports and other material, said  Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor Al Patterson.

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