Man cited in Duluth incident involving photojournalist

Man cited in Duluth incident involving photojournalist

Created: October 08, 2020 05:38 PM

The Duluth City Attorney's office has issued a citation against a southwestern Minnesota man accused of assaulting a photojournalist at a political gathering last month.

Seventy-year-old Duane Waldriff of Lamberton, Minn., has been cited for misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct. The citation is in connection with an incident that occurred amid protests outside of the Duluth International Airport before President Donald Trump's Sept. 30 visit.

WCCO-TV in Minneapolis has reported that one of its photojournalists was using a phone camera to record video when a man hit the photojournalist's phone out of his hands. The photojournalist was not injured and the phone was not damaged.

"Our office looked at all currently-available evidence and asked the Duluth Police Department to issue a citation based on our review," Duluth City Attorney Rebecca St. George said in a prepared statement. "We take all criminal matters very seriously, and will prosecute this case accordingly."

The city said the next step will be for Waldriff to appear in court, but it was not immediately clear if a court date is set. If convicted, each misdemeanor charge would carry a punishment of up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

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