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Journalist detained at Trump rally in Chicago is a BU grad

Supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) faced off with protesters after a rally on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago was cancelled Friday because of security concerns.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
Supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) faced off with protesters after a rally on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago was cancelled Friday because of security concerns.

A CBS News journalist with ties to Boston was detained Friday night while covering clashes between protesters and supporters of Republican presidential front-runner Donald J. Trump at a planned campaign event in Chicago.

Sopan Deb, 27, was issued a citation for resisting a police officer, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement Saturday. The statement said Deb, who lives in New York City, was temporarily detained, taken to a district station, and then released.

Four people were arrested at the Trump event and remain in custody with charges pending, the police statement said.

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Deb is a Boston University graduate who previously worked for Boston.com.

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The statement from Chicago police did not identify Deb as a journalist or provide further details about his encounter with officers.

In an report on “CBS This Morning,” the news organization said Deb identified himself to officers as a member of the media.

“I have ID. Press credentials I can show you,” he said. “I have press credentials I can show you.”

CBS News said Deb interviewed protesters and Trump supporters inside the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion, where the candidate was scheduled to speak. Trump’s campaign called off the event before it began, citing security concerns.

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The report includes video footage it says Deb captured inside the arena before the rally was canceled, including confrontations between people on both sides.

The video also shows the arena after most people had been dispersed by police and the crowded scene outside the event space. Deb videotaped one arrest and his video camera continued to roll, the CBS News report said, when he was grabbed from behind “without warning” and thrown to the ground.

A person yelling, “Put your hands behind your back!” can be heard in the background on the video. Deb said an officer placed a boot on his neck while he was being handcuffed, according to the report.

CBS News also aired footage it says was captured by another news organization that shows Deb, with his hands behind his back, being brought to his feet by an officer. In another clip, an officer puts a pair of eyeglasses on Deb’s face.

Deb was put in the back of a police van while his video camera remained on the ground, the report said. CBS News said the camera was returned to Deb after he was released.

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Deb did not respond to requests for comment Saturday. CBS News said Deb has been covering Trump’s campaign since the businessman announced his presidential run last summer.

On Friday at 7:51 p.m., he posted a message to Twitter. “I’ve never seen anything like what I’m witnessing in my life.”

Laura Crimaldi can be reached at laura.crimaldi@globe.com.