Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department highlighted "the good work and professional conduct of law enforcement and staff" at a private event held by Republican nominee for vice president, Mike Pence, on July 27 at the Waukesha County Exposition Center.
According to a news release from the county executive's office, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was requested by the Secret Service to assist with a security detail at the Waukesha County Expo grounds for a private event being held by the Pence campaign.
Washington Post reporter Jose A. DelReal was initially denied access to the event by staff. After a security pat, DelReal was allowed into the event, but shortly escorted out of the facility and was not allowed back "for reasons unknown to the sheriff’s department," according to the news release.
“Just like an event any private citizen would hold, such as a wedding, clients who rent our facilities are able to control who is and is not allowed into their venue,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “In this case, a private client requested that an individual leave their event. Local law enforcement complied professionally at their request, and according to standard security protocols.”
According to the news release, DelReal did not initially arrive on time for the event, and attempted to enter the media area after the Secret Service's security sweep was conducted, and was denied access by staff from the event.
DelReal then attempted to enter the event through the regular general admission door when he was stopped by event staff. They were concerned about him entering the venue with prohibited electronic equipment, according to the new release. DelReal consented to a pat down by two sheriff’s deputies, and was allowed into the event by staff.
Several minutes later, event staff walked DelReal out of the facility and advised the deputies that he was not allowed back in to the facility for reasons unknown to the sheriff’s department, according to the news release.
“The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a concern in a respectful way, according to standard, professional protocols,” said Waukesha County Deputy Inspector Torin Misko. “This was a standard request from a client, and it was fulfilled in a professional way by two outstanding deputies.”