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Reporter Handcuffed At Romney Event

Hunter Walker reports that a reporter for the Economist was handcuffed and briefly detained after trying to listen to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s victory speech in Michigan.

Natasha Loder, the Midwest correspondent for the Economist, and other reporters were put into a separate room during the speech, but when they realized that the room was broadcasting Romney’s speech with a slight delay, Loder tried to listen to the speech in real-time outside the room where it was happening.

A private security guard said he would shut the doors, Loder asked to speak with a member of the Romney campaign, and a police officer offered to arrest Loder and the other reporters for trespassing.

She was then placed in handcuffs and sat down in the doorway in protest, in order to keep the guard from closing the door.

Walker reports that Loder then spoke with a police officer, saying “Look, I’m sorry, I just wanted to do my job,” and then was allowed to go on her way.

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