The Blaze Media’s Sara Gonzales shared footage from the Beto O’Rourke event where one staffer physically shoved her and grabbed her phone.
Gonzales shared the incident with the public on March 6 on Twitter.
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“Earlier today, I attended a Beto O’Rourke town hall. I started to record the interaction between Beto & a constituent while he was taking pictures,” she said. “His staffer grabbed my phone &tried to pry it out of my hands; then a DPD officer manhandled me unprovoked. Beto is NOT for TX.”
Earlier today, I attended a Beto O’Rourke townhall. I started to record an interaction between Beto & a constituent while he was taking pictures.
His staffer grabbed my phone &tried to pry it out of my hands, then a DPD officer manhandled me unprovoked.
Beto is NOT for TX.
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) March 7, 2022
She told Becker News that her legal team explores all legal options this week. Also, Gonzalez added, the “staffer was issued a citation and internal affairs is investigating.” She also stated that “DPD bodycam policy appears to show she should have been wearing it.”
On March 12, she stated that the Dallas Police Department said that there wasn’t bodycam footage.
“Dallas PD has responded that there is no bodycam footage. Convenient. Beto O’Rourke’s team did not respond to a request for comment,” she said. “Footage will be released this week, and all legal options will be pursued.”’
“I cannot confirm nor release any names because no official charges have been filed,” Michael Dennis told The Daily Wire. “Due to the incident being under investigation, we will not be able to disclose any further information.”
Here’s the video:
Sara Gonzales provided a personal account to the Daily Wire.
“I started recording at this public forum, as I had seen many others do, and was immediately attacked by Beto’s staffer, who blocked me and grabbed my phone, trying to pull it out of my hands,” she said. “As I was attempting to maintain the grip on my phone while it was being pulled from me, a black female Dallas Police officer blindsided me and forcefully grabbed my arms, pushing me away from where I nearly tripped down some steps.”
“She had given no directive, no instruction, no warning before forcefully putting her hands on me,” Gonzales continued.
“I am not a criminal and had not broken any laws. I’ve never been in an incident like this with law enforcement and have always been extremely supportive and respectful of them, but this incident affected me very viscerally. The fact that I had to wrestle my private property away from a stranger attempting to take it from me only to be manhandled by the police as if I were a criminal is deeply upsetting,” she added. “I feel violated.”