Mike Stark told Fairfax County District Court Judge Mark Simmons he was at the parade to monitor and videotape Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, in his job with political organization ShareBlue. The group’s mission statement says it produces content to “deligitimize” President Trump’s candidacy.
Smartphone video, taken by a colleague of Stark, captured his heated exchange with Fairfax County police officers, who told him to get on the sidewalk. After Stark cursed repeatedly, including at the officer, he was placed under arrest.
The viral video showed Stark being taken to the ground by officers, with several officers involved in placing him in handcuffs.