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Investigation into Scuffle at Allen Rally

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

Wednesday, Charlottesville olice updated the media on their investigation into the scuffle between a heckler and Senator George Allen supporters. Part of that investigation included a search warrant on our station Wednesday, to confiscate video we shot at the event at the Omni Hotel Tuesday morning.

With all the media attention surrounding the incident, police briefed the media Wednesday. They say they are still interviewing witnesses and reviewing video tape. They say it will be a day or so before they complete their investigation.

“We are reacting to a very small segment on a video tape of a larger incident and I think it’s important to look at that larger incident first,” said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo.

Police hope to determine whether charges should be filed against Allen supporters who man handled Internet Blogger Mike Stark on Tuesday at an Allen rally in Charlottesville, or if, as Allen’s camp says, if Stark threw the first blow.

“There was a lot of pushing and jostling going around and I don't remember shoving anyone,” said Stark.

Allen's wife, Susan was an eye-witness to the scuffle. She appeared on Fox News Channel Wednesday morning, saying she saw Stark get up and knock aides aside as he tried to get to George Allen. “This is the exact thing they have done for months,” she said. “I've been verbally abused on the campaign trail, Internet bloggers have gone after our children on the campaign. It really has reached an all time low in Virginia and it's very, very sad.”

“She can say what she wants. You know what Senator Allen can have his woman talk for him if he wants to, but Senator Allen owes me an apology,” demanded Stark.

And, Stark said if he gets that apology before the election next week, he would drop any charges and stop pursing criminal action against those Allen staffers.

Local Republicans tell us the two men man-handling Stark in the video are local Republican John Darden and a 5th District Staffer Nathan Pick. Both made no comments Wednesday.

As for the investigation, police say once it is complete they will turn over their finding to the Commonwealth’s attorney who will determine if any charges should be filed.


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