vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind.,
introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald
Trump during a campaign rally at Lackawanna College,
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Scranton, Pa.
— A Wisconsin law enforcement official said Thursday he
doesn't know why a Washington Post reporter was kicked out
of a Wednesday night campaign rally near Milwaukee for
Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, but
stressed it wasn't his department that removed him.
Washington Post said reporter Jose DelReal was turned down
for a credential before the rally and tried to enter through
general admission. The Post reports DelReal was stopped by
private security who said he couldn't enter with his laptop
and cellphone. The Post says the Waukesha County Sheriff's
Department verified DelReal had no phone after patting him
down, but DelReal still was denied entry by private security
department deputy inspector Torin Misko said in a press
release Thursday that the reporter was initially denied
entry with his laptop and cellphone to the media area
because he was not present for a Secret Service security
returned without his equipment, event staff asked that
sheriff's deputies pat him down, which they did with
DelReal's consent, Misko said. After nothing was located, he
was allowed to enter, Misko said.
minutes later the event staff walked the reporter out of the
facility and advised the deputies that he was not allowed
back for reasons unknown to the sheriff's department,"
Trump's campaign last month banned the Post from being
credentialed for its events.
events are open to everyone and we are looking into the
alleged incident," Pence spokesman Marc Lotter told The
executive editor Martin Baron said DelReal was subjected to
"bullying treatment that no ordinary citizen has to
endure" at the Wisconsin event.