In a now-viral video, a security guard at Virginia Wesleyan University can be seen attempting to take a Trump supporter’s “Trump” flag, and then tackling the guy when he objects.
Campus Reform reports the Trump supporter, Markus Gohring, was present (with flag) at a campus Bernie Sanders rally when VWU security guards approached and informed him that he’d have to leave.
The guard who (allegedly) ultimately tackled Gohring tells him “Leave! I’m not gonna tell you again,” “You are not following my instructions,” and “Nobody gotta tell me to tell you to leave.” The guard adds “You’re on my property. This is private property. (VWU is a private college; however, the Sanders event was advertised as “free and open to the public.”)
Shortly after these exchanges, Gohring begins walking away. However, the security guard follows him, and as a closer video shows, the guard then gets physical:
This is how security guards at @vawesleyan University treat Trump supporters peacefully walking through campus.
No reason for the guard to use this level of aggression and force.
This was pure political bias and rage. pic.twitter.com/sQ8FFNAz9Y
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) March 1, 2020
“I saw he was pulling a weapon and that’s when I ran,” Gohring said, referencing the guard pulling out his baton. “I saw that getting up, and that’s when I actually ran for my life,” Gohring told his attorney, Tim Anderson, in a video posted to Facebook.
“He’s walking behind you and he kind of puts his hand on your back and is like, ‘hurry up, hurry up,’ right? You kind of flip around and say ‘don’t touch me,’ right? And that’s when you got taken to the ground,” Anderson says to Gohring in the video.
Full video of the fracas appears to back up Gohring’s contention that the guard aggravated the situation as Gohring was leaving the venue.
VWU spokeswoman Stephanie Smolgo told a local news outlet that Gohring was “a disruptive attendee” at the rally, and that the video doesn’t show what transpired which “necessitated the officer to take action.” She added while VWU values freedom of speech, she intimated Gohring became “physically violent” and was a “threat to public safety.”
The Fix reached out to VWU’s director and assistant director of security, Victor Dorsey and C.J. Sholler for comment, but received no response.
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