First nation man charged over confrontation with media

An Elsipogtog First Nation man is facing charges in connection with an alleged confrontation with members of the media during a shale-gas protest in Rexton New Brunswick last fall.

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 24 -year- old Tyson Peters was arrested in Shediac and charged with three counts of mischief, five counts of intimidation and one count of uttering threats to damage a journalist’s equipment.

On October 19, 2013 three journalists and two technicians from three separate news agencies were reporting in Rexton, filming footage of the wreckage of several RCMP vehicles that were destroyed by fire during a protest. It was reported that they were threatened and ordered to leave the area whilst leaving their vehicles and equipment behind.

Tyson Peters was arrested on Jan. 6, 2014 and also charged with uttering threats towards an employee of a private security company working in Rexton on Sept. 30. He was released on condition and is due back in court on Feb.  7.

No one was harmed and the vehicles and the equipment were not damaged.

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