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A city commissioner in Alabama hit a reporter—with an open hand, hard enough to draw blood—after the reporter asked him about allegations of voter fraud. Here’s a thing you shouldn’t do, in the event that someone asks you about voter fraud: shout “Get!” and then hit them with an open hand hard enough to draw blood.

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WTVY reporter Ken Curtis approached City Commissioner Amos Newsome of Dothan, Alabama to ask if he was planning to resign. Newsome, a Democrat, has been facing calls from fellow city commissioners to resign after three of his campaign workers were convicted of voter fraud. Newsome, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, has not been charged with fraud himself.

Newsome’s response to Curtis’s questions was, some face-shoving, some yelling, and then, finally, some hitting, hard enough that Curtis staggered backwards:

“Do you have plans to resign?” Curtis asks.

“Excuse me,” Newsome responds, shoving the microphone so that it grazes Curtis’ face.

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“Sir, you cannot do that,” Curtis responds pleasantly, pursuing Newsome as he walks towards a white van. “How about—would you be willing to resign if it would mean a better deal?” he inquires.

“Let me tell you something,” Newsome replies. “Get!” He sticks his hand out and strikes Curtis’s cheek.

Curtis posted a photo of himself soon after with a long, bloody scratch on his face:

Newsome was arrested on misdemeanor assault charges. Don’t hit people trying to do their jobs.


Contact the author at anna.merlan@jezebel.com.
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