Police Arrests CNN Reporter On Live TV While Covering George Floyd Protest In Minneapolis [Video]

May 30, 2020
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Omar Jimenez, a CNN reporter and his entire crew were arrested live on air while covering the Minneapolis protests over the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by the police in Minnesota.

KanyiDaily had reported how George Floyd died during arrest on Monday, after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck as the black man repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.”

Jimenez and his crew – producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leo0nel Mendez – were arrested in handcuffs on Friday morning while covering the protest that erupted in the Minnesota city after Floyd’s killing.

The CNN reporter was taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the site of the protests in Minneapolis, after clearly identifying himself to officers.

ALSO READ: President Trump Calls Protesters ‘Thugs’ After George Floyd Was Murdered By Police In Minnesota

The CNN camera was also taken into custody and continued to record as the crew was handcuffed, with police seemingly unaware that the camera was still on.

Police said the crew was arrested for failing to move to a different area, but the crew is heard, while the camera is rolling, asking police where they should be standing and offering to move to “wherever you want us.”

Jimenez told the officers he and his three colleagues were part of the same CNN crew and calmly identified himself with his CNN identification card.

Before their arrest, Jimenez was then heard as telling the officers:

“We can move back to where you’d like. We can move back to where you’d like here. We are live on the air at the moment. This is the four of us. We are one team. Just put us back where you want us. We’re getting out of your way. So, just let us know. Wherever you’d want us, we will go.

“We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection. Let us know and we’ve got you,” Jimenez said before being told he was under arrest and handcuffed by two officers. “Why am I under arrest, sir?”

CNN released a statement following the arrests: “A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves – a clear violation of their First Amendment rights. The authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.”

Jimenez and the crew were later released, and he told viewers that he believed his crew had been targeted after a protester had run past and been detained.

The CNN reporter went back on the air and tweeted shortly afterwards, in familiar TV news parlance: “And we’re back.”

CNN reported that Minnesota’s governor, Tim Waltz, had apologized to CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, for the incident.

Waltz said Jimenez “clearly had the right to be there” and he was deeply sorry, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey has hit back at President Donald Trump, who branded him “very weak” over the protests that erupted in the Minnesota city after the police killing of George Floyd.

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