MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A WCCO photojournalist is moving forward in seeking charges against the man who punched a phone out of his hands last week ahead of a rally in Duluth for President Donald Trump.
The Duluth Police Department confirmed Tuesday that the case is proceeding to the city attorney’s office for review of misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct. Earlier, the police department inaccurately told reporters that the WCCO photojournalist, Dymanh Chhoun, did not want to press charges.READ MORE: Twins' Triple, 2 Bases-Loaded Walks In 10th Beat Texas
The attack on Chhoun happened while he was on assignment gathering video of crowds before last Wednesday’s rally. Chhoun was in a public space and identified himself as a member of the media.READ MORE: Severe Blood Shortage Nationwide Impacting Minnesota Hospitals
While he was recording a confrontation between Trump supporters and those holding a counter-rally in support of Joe Biden, one Trump supporter turned to Chhoun and said: “You guys want to be peaceful? Be peaceful! You want to be violent? Come to me!” The man then punched the phone out of Chhoun’s hand.
The footage went viral, prompting condemnations from both Democrats and Republicans, who noted that the freedom of the press is protected under the Constitution. Duluth police used Chhoun’s footage to identify the man who attacked him.MORE NEWS: Investigators ID Person Whose Body Parts Were Found In NE Mpls. As Adam Richard Johnson
Chhoun was not harmed in the attack, nor was his phone broken.