Anti-Obama protester violently wrestled to the ground in Alaska

Disturbing video shows a LaRouchie protester being roughed up by security guards at the Alaska State Fair



Justin Elliott
September 7, 2010 11:44PM (UTC)

A LaRouchie anti-Obama protester was wrestled to the ground on Aug. 26 at the Alaska State Fair as he screamed about his free speech rights. The scene, captured on camera by a fair-goer, makes for one of the most compelling -- and disturbing -- videos of the year.

"You're declaring war on me!" the man, later identified as 52-year-old Sydney Hill, yelled at the burly security guards who handcuffed him and forced him to the ground. Hill's sign showed President Obama with a Hitler mustache and read, "LaRouche Says Impeach Obama Now."

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The video seems to show a clear misuse of force against a protester who was peacefully, albeit loudly, calling for the president to be impeached. The state fair maintains, though, that its guards -- who are with contractor Starplex -- acted properly on the fair's private property.

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Hill has been charged with assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Fair officials also said the fact that he had a handgun was a violation of fair rules.


Justin Elliott

Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. You can follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustin

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