Excerpted from Washington Free Beacon:
A reporter claiming to work for Al Jazeera was involved in a violent confrontation with Washington, D.C., police on Tuesday evening after he was ejected from a pro-Israel conference for surreptitiously videotaping attendees and events, according to eyewitnesses.
Reporters identified as Matthew Cassel and Micah Garen were ejected from the Christians United for Israel’s (CUFI) annual D.C. gathering after they were caught infiltrating and clandestinely filming events closed to the press.
The reporters, who claimed to be affiliated with Al Jazeera, were initially denied press credentials for the event due to what a CUFI official said is Al Jazeera’s anti-Israel bias. The pair only gained access after purchasing general admission tickets at full price.
Cassel is a photojournalist with Al Jazeera English.
Garen is a cofounder of Four Corners Media. Another Four Corners Media cofounder, Marie-Helene Carleton, had initially applied for television credentials as an Al Jazeera English employee.
Once CUFI officials confronted Cassel and Garen about their activities, both were ejected from the Washington Convention Center, where the four-day event was held.
Cassel left the conference with no issue. However, Garen argued with officers outside of the convention center after they confiscated his video equipment, sources said.
“As I approached the convention center, walking south on 9th street, I saw what at first I thought was someone having a psychotic episode,” said one conference attendee who witnessed the incident.
“There were four D.C. police officers trying to restrain and subdue a man who was violently trying to break free,” the attendee said. “I thought the cops were going to taze him—they certainly would have been justified.”
“At one point he broke partially free and lunged at a blue trash can but was dragged off of it,” the source continued. “Eventually the police restrained him and escorted him away. I don’t know why he thought he was going to win in a fight against four cops. It never works out that way.” Keep reading