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Incident starts at 2:10. Video by “Photography is Not a Crime” shows a court security guard approach PINAC journalist Mike Skidmore and try to snatch his camera before Skidmore punches him repeatedly in the face, prompting the guard to pull out his gun and open fire. The video was one recorded from one of four cameras brought into the Richland County Commission meeting on Thursday by citizens, who were planning on voicing their individual concerns to the commission before it announced it was going into closed executive session.

Several more men rush into the room and eventually handcuff Skidmore, a 58-year-old grandfather of 13 who had been accused of “inappropriately touching” a clerk while trying to photograph her name tag.

That was the reason the guards approached him in the first place without saying a word.

However, in their arrest report, they claim that Skidmore had been acting “disorderly” and had been asked to leave, only to refuse.

But it is evident in the video that he had never been ordered to leave.

The report also makes no mention of the gunfire, which a guard describes in the video as being an “accidental discharge,” but is now being reported by the sheriff as being “intentional.”

The video was one recorded from one of four cameras brought into the Richland County Commission meeting on Thursday by citizens, who were planning on voicing their individual concerns to the commission before it announced it was going into closed executive session.

The other three cameras were seized as evidence by Richland County sheriff deputies, who obviously did not realize they forgot to seize a fourth camera.

Skidmore, a former U.S. Marine who spent 30 years as a prison guard before retiring, is currently sitting in jail on a $100,000 bond on a charge of felonious assault on the security guards.

Mike Skidmore

However, no charges were filed for the alleged incident in which he inappropriately touched the clerk on the shoulder while trying to photograph her name tag.

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