Luke Thomas, the journalist behind the San Francisco blog FogCityJournal.com, reports that he was grabbed and forcably moved by a deputy sheriff while filming a line of Aztec dancers who were performing at a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. He posted the video above that documents the incident. Rebecca Bowe of the Bay Guardian writes:
- According to Thomas, Deputy Sheriff Thompson “dug his left hand fingers into my right side that caused an [excruciating] pain and literally pulled me by my skin and flesh outside Board chambers like a dog on a leash.”
The incident began when the Deputy Sheriff told the cameraman to back up from a line of Aztec dancers who were performing, to which Thomas says he complied.
But when he was told to step back a second time, Thomas says he complained that he was being prevented from documenting the event.
That’s when the Deputy Sheriff grabbed him, Thomas recounts. “It shocked the hell out of me,” the photojournalist told the Guardian later. “I can’t imagine what was wrong with this guy. It was completely unwarranted.”
In the video, Thomas can be heard telling the Deputy Sheriff in disbelief, “Dude, you just assaulted me.”
According to the Guardian, a sheriff’s department spokeswoman said that Thomas was asked “several times” to step away from the dancers.
However, Thomas wasn’t issued a citation and Deputy Thompson apologized.