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Guided, not shoved, says Highway Patrol

Date: November 14, 2007
By: Elizabeth Ford
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Support Services Bureau Commander for the Missouri Highway Patrol said Matt Blunt's security guard guided a reporter away from the governor, but did not shove him.

Beth Ford has more from Jefferson City.

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The security personnel filed an incident report with the Highway Patrol, but Major Bret Johnson said there will be no further investigation into the incident at this time. Blunt evaded questions about the incident, which video footage posted by the Kansas City Star shows he was witness to.
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Description: "I always have tremendous respect for the Highway Patrol, and I think they'd be in the best position to comment."

Johnson said that the reporters were stopping the governor's car from moving, but the video footage shows the door was closed before the security guard made contact with the reporter.
From the state capitol, I'm Beth Ford, KMOX News.
Intro: Matt Blunt's security personnel reportedly shoved reporters away as they asked questions about the Scott Eckersley case Monday.

Beth Ford has more from Jefferson City. 

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Major Bret Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol said the security guard filed a report concerning the incident.

The security guard didn't shove the reporters, but acted under the scope of his authority, Johnson said.


 
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Description: "The trooper guided them out of the way from the door.  The door was closed so the governor and the detail could leave."
 
Johnson said while the reporters didn't necessarily pose a threat to the governor, the reporters were preventing him from leaving.
 
From the State Capitol, I'm Beth Ford, KMOX News.
Intro: Matt Blunt's security guard reportedly shoved reporters when they were interviewing the governor about the Scott Eckersley case on Monday.

Beth Ford has more from Jefferson City.

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The governor didn't answer questions concerning what he witnessed on Monday, despite the fact that video posted by the Kansas City Star depicts the moments before the reported incident.

Major Bret Johnson from the Highway Patrol said the security guard did not shove the reporters at all.

 

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Description: "Number one, the trooper did not, it is my understanding, did not shove the reporter.  He used his arm to guide him away from the door."


Blunt said he doesn't expect the incident will intimdate any reporters in the future.

From the State Capitol, I'm Beth Ford, KMOX News.