Deputies deny news photog mistreated at Nevada fire
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Washoe County sheriff's deputies deny mistreating a Reno Gazette-Journal photographer who they say ignored deputies' commands and entered an active fire scene without authorization.
Officers' statements released to the newspaper Tuesday say no deputies touched Gazette-Journal photo chief Tim Dunn's face or head in the June 18 confrontation in Sun Valley.
The statements say sheriff's Capt. John Spencer and deputies Ethan Blosch and Miguel Diaz asked Dunn to stop approaching the fire area before he was cited on suspicion of obstructing and resisting officers.
Dunn filed a complaint last week alleging excessive force.
He says he was knocked to the ground, his face was pushed into the gravel and he was handcuffed for about 45 minutes.
Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley has asked Sparks police to investigate.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com