An arrest warrant has been issued by Mississippi police for an Ohio man accused of assaulting an African-American reporter during a live newscast. The NBC News reports that Benjamin Eugene Dagley will face charges of simple assault, curfew violations, and disturbing the peace in relation to his violent confrontation with Shaquille Brewster of MSNBC.
Dagley pulled up in his white pickup truck in the middle of Brewster’s live segment during Monday (Aug. 30). At the time, Brewster and the MSNBC crew were reporting live on Tropical Storm Ida.
As the news reporter covered the weather, he ignored the man. After a few moments of chaos, Dagley approached Brewster directly and shouted, “Report accurately.”
In Dagley’s case, it isn’t his first run-in with the law. If he traveled to Gulfport without permission, he might be in violation of his probation in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. In 2017, the 54-year-old admitted to vandalism, attempted assault, and causing panic. Cleveland Plating, where he was once the owner, was reportedly broken into and dangerous chemicals, including sodium cyanide, yellow chromate, sulfuric acid, and ferrous chloride, were exposed because of holes he drilled into tanks of chemicals.
The police said that Dangley’s drilling could lead to an environmental disaster. When he released dangerous chemicals into the air, his colleagues told authorities he was aware of what he was doing. After finding the leaks, the 27-year-old security guard was taken to the local hospital for possible cyanide poisoning.
In two months, Dagley and two others broke into Cleveland Plating – yet again – and were charged with misdemeanor assault. A security guard says he was punched and a door was slammed into his knee by them.
Dagley remains at large as of Wednesday (Sept. 1).