FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A man escorted out of President Trump’s rally in Fort Wayne last week has filed a formal complaint against the Fort Wayne Police Department for their role in removing him.
19-year-old Asiann Mitchell was removed from the rally at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum after he began shouting obscenities and made rude hand gestures to the crowd. He tells Fort Wayne’s NBC he felt police overstepped their bounds:
“They detained us and said we were trespassing, but it was an event open to the public. We weren’t arrested for trespassing. We were actually held and forced to give information.”
Fort Wayne Police say they collected Mitchell’s details, such as his social security number and place of employment, at the request of the Secret Service. He was then allowed to leave the building.
Councilman Glynn Hines complimented Mitchell on his “courage” during the Council meeting:
“Mr. Mitchell, your youthful exuberance to go to a Donald Trump rally,” Hines said, chuckling. “I know you had to go online and get the tickets and go in there and protest. I just respect you for having the courage to do that.”
Hines also said he called Fort Wayne Police on Mitchell’s behalf.