March 12, 2016

Reporters harassed by police at Trump rallies

Huffington Post - CBS News reporter Sopan Deb was arrested Friday night while covering protests surrounding Donald Trump's canceled rally in Chicago.

Deb, who has covered the Republican presidential front-runner's candidacy since last summer, was filming video of a man whose face was bloody and laying on the ground near police at the time of his arrest, according to a "CBS This Morning" report Saturday.

"Deb continued to roll as police kept watch," the CBS report noted. "Without warning, Deb was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground."

A police officer placed his boot on Deb's neck to keep him in place on the ground, according to the account he provided his network.

Illinois State Police charged Deb with resisting arrest though the network reported that neither his video, nor that of a nearby film crew, showed any sign of resistance. The reporter can also be seen on video identifying as a credentialed member of the media.  CBS News Sopan Deb was arrested despite identifying as a member of the media.

Reporters have faced increasing difficulties covering Trump's often raucous events, given the campaign's severe restrictions on their movements. Organizers have at times forced them to remain in a "press pen" at events and faced hostility directed at them from the candidate and some supporters.

1 comment:

Strelnikov said...

He's a goon, with goon followers.