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September 05, 2007
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East Texas officer pleads guilty to threatening reporter

The Associated Press
Related: 10 tips for working with the media

GILMER, Texas A former East Texas police officer has pleaded guilty to drawing a shotgun on a reporter from The Dallas Morning News.

Former Gladewater police officer Bryan Todd Naismith must now permanently surrender his law enforcement license, take anger management classes and pay a $1,000 fine. That's after he pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint in Upshur County.

In March 2006, Dallas Morning News reporter David Michaels was pursuing a story about Naismith never being charged in the 2005 shooting of a suspect. When Michaels showed up at Naismith's home for a second time, Naismith allegedly pointed a shotgun through the reporter's car window and ordered him out.

Police say Michaels was later let go after Naismith yelled at him.

Naismith was fired from Gladewater police three months after confronting Michaels.






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