Chris Morris, a photographer for Time, was slammed to the ground by a Secret Service agent during a Donald Trump rally at Radford University in Virginia on Feb. 29 (video below).
According to Time, Morris was taken down with a chokehold, and detained by the Secret Service and law enforcement.
Morris was trying to take a picture of a Black Lives Matter protest, and stepped out of the press area. It appears Morris swore at the agent, who grabbed the photographer by the neck and took him down.
Morris said in a statement:
"I’ve worked for nine years at the White House and have never had an altercation with the Secret Service. What happened today was very unfortunate and unexpected.
"The rules at Trump events are significantly stricter than other campaigns and make it very difficult to work as a photographer, as many others have pointed out before me.
"I regret my role in the confrontation, but the agent’s response was disproportionate and unnecessarily violent. I hope this incident helps call attention to the challenges of press access."
Trump's policy restricts the press to a gated area, which Trump often ridicules during his speeches, notes Time.
The Trump campaign said in a statement: “There was an incident involving a photographer and a USSS agent at today’s Radford University Trump rally. We are not aware of all the details surrounding the incident and all future inquiries should be directed to local law enforcement.”
CBS News reporter Steven Portnoy tweeted the Secret Service's statement: “The Secret Service is aware of an incident involving an employee of the Secret Service that occurred earlier today in Radford, VA. At this time, our local field office is working with their law enforcement partners to determine the exact circumstances that led up to this incident. The Secret Service will provide further details as warranted once additional facts surrounding the situation are known.”