|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger was handcuffed by security guards at a Joe Miller town hall event Sunday afternoon. Hopfinger says he approached Miller to ask questions, but was arrested for half an hour until police arrived.
According to Hopfinger, Miller’s security team pushed him and he pushed back because he felt his personal space was being invaded. He says guards detained him and accused him of trespassing, although the town hall was a public event held at Central Middle School, a public building.
“At some point I was suddenly surrounded by more guys, more security guards I guess,” Hopfinger 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.”
Hopfinger says the incident escalated so fast he barely remembers what happened, and that next thing he knew he was in handcuffs.
The Alaska Dispatch is one of several news organizations suing for access to Miller's employment records at the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Miller worked at the FNSB as a part-time attorney from 2002 to 2009.
The Anchorage Daily News filed papers in Fairbanks Superior Court Friday to join a lawsuit filed by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner last week. The Alaska Dispatch has filed a separate suit asking for Miller's employment records.
The news organizations are interested in documents that contain the details of Miller’s departure or allegations of misuse of borough property.
Miller called the request a violation of his privacy. But the Alaska Dispatch’s attorney says that the requests relate to Miller's performance as a government employee, not his private life.
“I mean, I asked him some hard questions; we need to get some answers,” Hopfinger said. “He's being sued by two newspapers and an online newspaper now over his employment at the North Star Borough. He hasn’t denied the accusations, so I started out -- that's where this all came from.”