CBS News Reporter Charged With Resisting Arrest at Trump Rally Says Police Officer "Threw Me to the Ground"
Sopan Deb was taking video of the protests in Chicago when, he says, he was handcuffed despite identifying himself as a member of the press.
CBS News says one of its reporters has been charged with resisting arrest in the aftermath of Donald Trump's canceled rally in Chicago.
Reporter Sopan Deb was on the floor of the arena on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday night and interviewed Trump supporters and protesters. He also was taking video of the scene outside of the arena.
Some of Deb's video aired on CBS' This Morning show.
At one point, he's seen being thrown to the ground by police and handcuffed. In the video, Deb identifies himself as a member of the news media.
CBS says Deb has covered the Trump campaign since the beginning.
In an interview with CBS News producer Charlie Brooks, Deb said: "I went outside and I saw a group of police officers running towards an area of protesters. So I had my camera and I jet along with them to this area. And I get to this crowd and there's a man being arrested. His head is bloodied on the ground … another scuffle breaks out, and I'm shooting this scuffle," Deb said, as quoted by TV Newser.
"And before I knew it a police officer — at least one police officer, maybe multiple — pulled me down from the back of my hoodie and threw me to the ground and bashed my face into the street. And then this police officer put his boot to my neck and cuffed me. I am continuously identifying myself as press, I said, 'I have credentials. I can show you. I have credentials.' But they are not listening to me."