Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) had a tracker from the conservative America Rising PAC tossed out of a public press conference on Wednesday.
The tracker, an individual who records events of political candidates, took audio of the encounter at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Profile in courage: @stabenow just had an America Rising tracker escorted out in handcuffs for peacefully attending and taping a public event on her official (taxpayer-funded) schedule. https://t.co/yABUSug5QI
— Alex Smith (@AlexandraCSmith) March 28, 2018
When tracker Brad Minor attempted to move to the area of the hospital where the press conference was taking place, America Rising said a "police officer standing by Stabenow’s staff immediately moved to confront him, said ‘we’re not doing this today,' and put the trackers hands behind his back."
The officer proceeded to start to cuff Minor, but did not close the cuffs before "the officer’s supervisor stepped in, grabbed the tracker, and escorted the tracker" to his vehicle, the group said.
"I'm just here for the press conference," Minor can be heard saying as he tried to enter the venue.
"No, you're not," Minor was told.
"You're gonna get arrested," a man said.
America Rising said no one with the hospital or with Stabenow spoke to Minor directly.
Stabenow, who was first elected to the senate in 2000, is up for reelection in November.