GOP Senator Just Got Sued For Stealing A Protester’s Phone (VIDEO)

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Apparently, Senator David Perdue (R-GA) did not want to answer questions about Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp allegedly suppressing all of those votes. In fact, the senator was so distraught over the question that he grabbed Nathan Knauf’s phone. Then, Perdue walked off with the student’s phone while it was still recording. That was a bad idea.

Check out Kemp’s video which recorded the entire event:

‘Today @sendavidperdue visited Tech to campaign for Kemp. A student tried asking a simple question about @BrianKempGA ‘s racist scheme to threaten voter registrations from black people, but before he could even finish the question, Perdue stole his phone.’

The junior at Georgia Tech went up to Perdue and asked him a question. The young man was recording the interaction on his cellphone, according to The Washington Post:

‘Hey, so, uh, how can you endorse a candidate.’

Screen-Shot-2018-10-22-at-2.49.16-PM GOP Senator Just Got Sued For Stealing A Protester's Phone (VIDEO) Corruption Crime Election 2018 Politics Top Stories Videos At that point, Perdue grabbed the student’s phone and took it away from him. The cellphone was still recording and caught the senator saying:

‘No, I’m not doing that. I’m not doing that.’

Knauf said to Perdue:

‘You stole my property. You stole my property.’

The senator responded:

‘All right, you wanted a picture?’

 

The student replied:

‘Give me my phone back, Senator.’

Perdue ignored the student’s request for his phone. Instead he said:

‘You wanted a picture? I’m going to give it to you. You wanted a picture?’

The student persisted:

‘Give me my phone back, Senator.’

It seems that Perdue returned the phone to Knauf at that time. His office claimed that this was just “a misunderstanding.” His spokesperson, Casey Black released this statement:

‘The senator spoke with many students and answered questions on a variety of topics. In this instance, the senator clearly thought he was being asked to take a picture, and he went to take a selfie as he often does. When he realized they didn’t actually want to take a picture, he gave the phone back.’

Knauf’s attorneys indicated that the student had indeed asked for a photo with him, but Perdue never offered the senator his phone. The complaint read:

‘(Perdue) could not have thought that Mr. Knauf had somehow changed his mind and now wanted a selfie taken.’

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One of those attorneys, Michael Sterling, argued that the phone proved the student’s claim. He continued:

‘This is a first-year law school definition of battery. Perdue starts by saying “No, I’m not doing that,” and then snatches the phone. Then Perdue puts the phone behind his back. There’s no actions that are consistent with the fact that he was going to take a selfie. He doesn’t put the phone up. . . . Nate is asking for his phone back. That’s completely inconsistent with [Perdue’s] version of the story.’

Another one of the student’s attorneys, Georgia state Representative David Dreyer (D) said they decided to file a civil complaint instead of a criminal complaint:

‘We think he should be held accountable, but we didn’t think it rose to the level of trying to have him prosecuted By filing a lawsuit, we are empowering a jury to determine whether Nate’s story is right or whether Senator Perdue’s story is right.’

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Knauf would be willing to drop the suit if Perdue apologized, according to the attorney:

‘…for both misleading the public and for trying to intimidate him. The two issues at stake here are (about) democracy: Can an individual, an everyday person, go up to their elected representative and ask a question in a public forum?  And does the rule of law apply — whether it’s a college student or a multimillionaire U.S. senator? Because we know if Mr. Knauf had taken the phone from Sen. Perdue, he would have been put in jail.’

Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.