Minnesota police arrest CNN team on live television
CNN’s Omar Jimenez was taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the site of the protests in Minneapolis, after clearly identifying himself to officers.
Jimenez’s crew were also placed in handcuffs. Source: CNN —— A CNN crew was arrested by police Friday morning while giving a live television report in Minneapolis, where the crew was covering ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd.
The crew, including correspondent Omar Jimenez, were handcuffed and detained as Jimenez gave a live report on a Minneapolis street shortly after 5 a.m. CT (6 a.m. ET). Police told the crew they were being detained because they were told to move, and didn’t, one member of the CNN crew relayed to the network. “A CNN reporter and 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, including the Governor, must release the three CNN employees immediately,” CNN said in a statement. Officers approached the crew as they moved in to arrest a protester behind them.