- The Washington Times - Friday, March 18, 2016

Chicago police are dropping charges against a CBS News reporter who was arrested last week while covering protests outside a canceled Donald Trump rally.

Sopan Deb was detained March 11 as he covered clashes between police officers and protesters after Mr. Trump abruptly canceled his rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago over safety concerns.

An officer from the Chicago Police Department and an Illinois state trooper physically detained Mr. Deb as he was filming protests from behind a line of police officers, CNN reported Thursday. Mr. Deb reportedly suffered cuts to his chin after police officers grabbed him and slammed him into the pavement.

The journalist was cited for resisting arrest. He was detained and released several hours later. CBS News President David Rhodes came to Mr. Deb’s defense, with the network airing video of the incident that showed him not resisting arrest.

None of the officers involved in Mr. Deb’s arrest will face disciplinary sanctions, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday, CNN reported.

“While this incident was very dynamic and troopers and officers were forced to make split-second decisions in the interest of public safety of demonstrators and police officers, we have collectively decided to drop the administrative charges in this case,” the top spokesmen for the Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police said in a joint statement.

In a statement on Thursday, CBS News stood by its position that “there is no indication Sopan did anything to warrant his detention. We are pleased that the authorities have drawn the same conclusion and dismissed the charges.”

“Best of all, Sopan is back to work and back on the campaign trail,” the statement said, according to CNN.

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