NEW YORK: A retired police officer who authorities said tried to breach a secured area outside New York's Trump Tower as Donald Trump was coming home was freed without bail Wednesday after he told a judge she can trust that he'll stay out of Trump's building.
Anthony Shark, 54, charged with assaulting Secret Service agents, was carrying a gun legally and posed no threat to the Republican presidential nominee when Shark tried to enter the closed-off street at 10 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
Shark did not comment as he left Manhattan federal court after telling U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses that he'll stay away from the building.
Authorities said he defied agents' orders, tried to walk through a sealed-off stretch of sidewalk and grabbed at agents.
Defense lawyer Annalisa Miron said Shark was a retired New York Police Department officer working as a security guard at a jeweler near Trump Tower.
"He's not a danger to the community in any respect," Miron told Moses. She said Shark needed his weapon for his security job.
Miron told the magistrate judge that she had asked the government for video of the encounter to determine whether "the Secret Service overreacted or my client overreacted."
She called the incident an "example of Donald Trump ruining another regular person's life."
Trump's campaign referred inquiries to the Secret Service.