U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Chicago Sun-Times reporter assaulted by police while covering protest

Incident Details

Date of Incident
July 14, 2018
Chicago, Illinois


Was the journalist targeted?
Chicago Sun-Times/Nader Issa

A screengrab from a video recorded by Sun-Times journalist Nader Issa shows a Chicago Police Department officer reaching out to grab Issa's phone.

— Chicago Sun-Times/Nader Issa
July 14, 2018

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Nader Issa was attacked by Chicago Police Department officers while covering a protest in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood, on July 14, 2018.

In the aftermath of a fatal police shooting of Harith Augustus, an unarmed black man, in the neighborhood, protesters gathered around the crime scene. Issa covered the demonstration for the Sun Times and posted regular updates from the scene on his Twitter account. He later wrote a Sun Times article about the shooting and resulting protest.

Issa reported that the scene got increasingly tense throughout the evening, and police hit at least six protesters with batons in their effort to push them back from the scene.

Just after 7 p.m. local time, Issa tweeted that a large crowd was gathering at the intersection of 71st Street and Chappel Avenue.

Around 9:30 pm, Issa tweeted that two CPD officers had shoved him to the ground and smacked his phone out of his hand. Issa said that he was wearing his press badge at the time and had identified himself as a reporter.

Two hours later, Issa tweeted a video of the altercation with the officers. In the video, Issa approaches a group of officers involved in an altercation with a civilian. Two of the officers push him back, and then Issa's phone appears to be smacked sideways.

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