Time photographer Chris Morris was choked and thrown down by a Secret Service agent at a Trump rally in Virginia Monday. The confrontation began when Morris placed a foot outside the media pen while taking pictures of a Black Lives Matter protest. Morris responded with an expletive when asked to  back up. The Secret Service agent proceed to grab Morris by the neck and throw him to the ground.

“I think no person in this interaction, neither the reporter nor the Secret Service, behaved perfectly, but only one of them works for the federal government,” said Juliette Kayyem, national security expert and the host the WGBH’s Security Mom Podcast on Boston Public Radio Wednesday.

Despite any provocation, Kayyem believes that the agent’s response to Morris should in no way have been violent. In addition, Kayyem says that the secret service should not be providing crowd control to begin with. “They don’t do crowd control, that is local and state public safety,” said Kayyem. “ They do one thing and one thing only, and that is what you want them to do, and that is their focus on the VIP.”

The altercation was filmed by multiple bystanders and shows the complete interaction between Morris and the secret service. “I see nothing on the video or anything else that would suggest... that that photographer posed a threat to Donald Trump or his family,” said Kayyem.

Kayyem's history with the Department of Homeland Security leads her to believe that the agent’s actions will be reviewed and assessed. “What happened here in my mind was an abuse of power by the secret service, and that man should be reprimanded,” she said.

Juliette Kayyem is the host of WGBH's Security Mom podcast. Listen to her interview with Boston Public Radio above.