TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – A reporter said he was punched in the face while covering an anti-mask event near Traverse City.
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
“I know your concern,” Sheriff Tom Bensley told the Traverse City Record-Eagle. “There are people who are not satisfied with the media. We had two incidents in a short time.
Record-Eagle reporter Brendan Quealy traveled to Silver Lake Recreation Area to check on an event hosted by a group called Citizens Liberating Michigan and promoted by local allies on a Facebook page.
Heather Cerone showed up to a crowd of 80 to 100 on Thursday and said there would be no recording of the event.
“There is no connection, Brendan,” Cerone said. “We don’t allow this. So, do you want to stand in front of him? “
Quealy said he was pushed against a fence by two men and punched in the face by one.
Cerone claimed the event was private because the pavilion had been rented. But prosecutor Noelle Moeggenberg said the area around the pavilion is “open to everyone”.
“My job is to chase the news, to report it accurately and that’s what I was doing,” Quealy said.
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