Sheriff Manny Gonzales reportedly attacked at campaign event
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A video posted to social media is revealing more details about the reported assault on Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales during a Tuesday night mayoral campaign event in Albuquerque.
According to a criminal complaint, Gonzales was giving a speech at Revel Entertainment when a drone dangling an adult toy started to fly in front of him. The owner of Revel reportedly pulled the drone from the air, prompting 20-year-old Kaelyn Dreyer to grab the drone from the owner.
After unsuccessfully trying to grab the drone, Dreyer then turned to the sheriff, who was still on stage, and "balled his fist and swung it." The complaint stated that Gonzales attempted to move out of the way and was "struck in the hands."
Gonzales is not seen being assaulted on video because a man steps in the way of the camera.
According to court documents, Dreyer "never intended to hit Manuel but was upset that Manuel was answering a question, from the crowd, in a disrespectful way. He stated that he did ball his fist and was just going to swing them through the air and leave…"
A spokesperson for Sheriff Gonzales’ campaign said an off-duty deputy “de-escalated the assailant’s efforts." Dreyer was pinned to the ground then taken into custody following the incident, but has since been released.
“I will not be intimidated," Gonzales said in a statement. "I will continue to support Albuquerque local businesses and a safe transition to reopening.”
Gonzales’s campaign said he is unharmed and is planning to make a full statement Wednesday. The sheriff announced his run for mayor in mid-April.