Reporters say they were attacked by security guards at right-wing conference

Two reporters for ThinkProgress allege that they were “attacked by security guards for no apparent reason” on Thursday at a conference of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The guards told Scott Keyes and Lee Fang that they had to stop filming and leave the lobby area, but when they attempted to comply, “they approached us, violently pushed us and twisted our arms. A guard approached Fang from behind, tackling him and later bending his arm to take his camera. Keyes, faced similar treatment: two security guards roughed him up on the escalator, taking his video camera, and cutting Keyes’ hand as he attempted to leave the premises. As Keyes asked why he was being forced to leave, he was shoved from the back.”

The guards claimed “they were acting on instructions from ALEC.” The two reporters were able to continue filming part of the incident, and the video does appear to confirm extreme belligerence on the part of the guards.

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