On Saturday, August 23, 2014, three unidentified men demanded citizen video journalist Nydia Tisdale — and owner of AboutForsyth.com — to cease video recording political, campaign speeches or to leave an advertised, Open-to-the-Public, Republican Party rally at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville, Dawson County, Georgia — after receiving permission to film by an owner.
Nydia Tisdale was assaulted and arrested in a pumpkin patch on a sunny Saturday afternoon by an off-duty, plain-clothes, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office deputy — Captain Tony Wooten — who repeatedly refused to identify himself and refused to present a badge or any other verification of police authority.
Captain Tony Wooten confiscated Nydia Tisdale’s camera and it remained with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office for six days. Video footage returned with the camera is shown below.
This very scary #PumpkinGate story has been widely reported in the national, statewide and local news media and on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Twitter.
Tisdale is facing a felony charge of obstruction of an officer and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. Both charges were lodged by Captain Tony Wooten — and not by the Burt’s Farm, LLC property owners Johnny and Kathy Burt.
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An assault against a citizen journalist and videographer starts around the 14-minute mark. An unexplained gap in the footage occurs at 15:54 in which additional dialogue is missing.
Nydeo by Nydia Tisdale for AboutForsyth.com.