A confrontation ensued between Miller's private security detail and Hopfinger. The security guards forced Hopfinger into handcuffs and said he was under arrest. They detained the editor until Anchorage police arrived and released him, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
One of the guards seized Hopfinger's videocamera, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Hopfinger later said that the camera was returned to him, but that the segment leading up to and covering his detention was missing. The guard who grabbed the camera declined to identify himself to the Anchorage Daily News and denied erasing any images.Hopfinger's online Alaska Dispatch reported:"Two or three bodyguards told Hopfinger to stop asking questions and to leave the building...[they] told him that if he persisted they would arrest him for trespassing, but refused to identify themselves to Hopfinger. Hopfinger asked why he was trespassing, as the event was at a public school. Seconds later, he was then put in [an] arm-bar and later handcuffed and sequestered at one end of a hallway for at least 30 minutes. He was told, 'You're under arrest.'"Miller's campaign later released the following statement:
Miller attempted to calmly exit the facility, the blogger physically
assaulted another individual and made threatening gestures and
movements towards the candidate." Milller's campaign "security
personnel intervened and detained the irrational blogger," whom they
did not know was a journalist, and who "appeared irrational, angry and
No charges were immediately filed against any parties in the matter.
Earlier that month, Alaska media outlets including the online Alaska Dispatch, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Anchorage Daily News filed separate lawsuits against the Fairbanks North Star Borough, seeking the employment file from Miller's tenure as a part-time attorney at the borough. National media including The Associated Press, The Washington Post and The New York Times have also made public record requests for the same files, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.