CBS reporter arrested at Trump rally: 'I've never seen anything like what I'm witnessing'

Violence continues at Donald Trump rallies
Violence continues at Donald Trump rallies

The president of CBS News is standing by one of the network's journalists who was arrested outside a Donald Trump rally that was canceled amid violence between Trump supporters and protesters.

David Rhodes tweeted that journalist Sopan Deb, who was covering the rally at the University of Illinois' Chicago campus on Friday, was handcuffed and charged with resisting arrest.

"On tape you see he did not resist, identified himself as working press," Rhodes said in his tweet.

CBS News also aired footage of the rally and of Deb's arrest, which he managed to capture on tape. In the accompanying article, Deb said police abruptly threw him to the ground and handcuffed him.

Deb was charged with resisting arrest, "although there is no sign of that on the video," according to CBS.

Deb was arrested and placed in the back of a police vehicle. His camera was left on the ground but returned to him once he was released on Friday night.

After being let go, Deb went to the hospital to check for possible injuries sustained during the arrest.

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Before being arrested, Deb tweeted about the chaotic night, saying, "I've never seen anything like what I'm witnessing in my life."

Deb, a well-liked producer among his peers, has been traveling with the Trump campaign since last summer. He's what is known as a campaign "embed."

Deb is Indian. He has never been to the Middle East (or India for that matter). And yet, he has repeatedly been singled out at events.

At a rally in December, he tweeted, "A man came up to me to say 'Go back to Iraq!' I've never been!"

And in January, he tweeted, "A Trump supporter just asked me at Reno event if I was taking pictures for ISIS. When I looked shocked, he said, 'yeah, I'm talking to you.'"

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Deb is the latest reporter to be involved in incidents at Trump events.

Chris Morris, a photographer on assignment for Time magazine, said a Secret Service agent choked him and slammed him to the ground last week.

Earlier this week Michelle Fields, a reporter for Breitbart, alleged that she was grabbed and bruised by someone, possibly Trump's campaign manager, at a press conference.

Several journalism advocacy organizations have expressed concern about the situation.

Additionally, clashes between Trump supporters and protesters have led to multiple arrests and injuries at events.

A man attending a Trump rally this week was charged with assault after he allegedly sucker-punched a black protester being led out of a Trump event.

-- CNN's Jeremy Diamond and Theodore Schleifer contributed to this report.


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