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Indian American CBS reporter arrested at Trump rally

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CBS News reporter Sopan Deb was detained Friday night in Chicago. CBSN

CBS News reporter Sopan Deb was detained Friday night in Chicago. CBSN

CHICAGO, (Diya TV) – CBS News president David Rhodes is standing by the side of one of his journalists, Sopan Deb, who was arrested outside the Donald Trump rally which was cancelled on Friday evening amid violence between protesters and supporters. Sopan was arrested and detained while covering the protests.

Rhodes tweeted that Deb, who was covering the rally at the University of Illinois’ Chicago campus, had been handcuffed and was charged with resisting arrest. As Rhodes is not a Chicago native, he may opt to use a criminal defense lawyer in Colorado Springs when preparing for his legal case.

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

Deb, who has covered the Republican presidential front-runner’s campaign since last summer, was filming a man whose face was bloody and lying on the ground near police at the time of his arrest, according to a “CBS This Morning” report Saturday. CBS News also aired footage of the rally and Deb’s arrest, which he managed to catch on tape. “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 in an effort to keep him pinned to the ground, according to the network’s accompanying report.

Sopan Deb was arrested despite identifying as a member of the media. CBS News

Sopan Deb was arrested despite identifying as a member of the media. CBS News

Deb’s arrest was captured live on Fox New’s TV cameras.

As mentioned previously, Deb has been following Trump’s campaign since last summer, however, Friday evening what he saw left him at a loss for words. The scene was an entirely unprecedented experience since his journalism career began, according to his last tweet.

Several reporters have shared stories of increasing difficulties in doing their jobs – Trump’s campaign has severely restricted the movements of the press, and has suppressed what they are allowed to report. On multiple occasions, rally organizers have confined working media at his event inside of a “press pen,” which has often times made them the target of Trump’s supporters, and in some instances, the candidate himself.

In January, Deb described how one Trump supporter accused him of being a member of ISIS.

And last month, in vintage WWE fashion, a Secret Service agent choke-slammed Time Magazine photographer Chris Morris after he exited the press pen to cover a Black Lives Matter protest. At Friday’s event in Chicago, Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields filed a police report against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, alleging she was assaulted after the candidate’s press conference on Tuesday evening. Despite an eyewitness account, and a video recording, the campaign has dismissed the accusations.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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