A CNN reporter and members of his team were detained on live television as they were shooting the protests in Minneapolis on Friday morning.
Omar Jimenez, along with a producer and a photojournalist, was arrested on Friday morning near downtown Minneapolis. Moments earlier, a police station there had been set on fire during an ascent to protest the police-involved death of George Floyd, a defenseless black man who died this week after a Minneapolis police officer bent on his neck for 8 minutes.
Addressing To Police
The video that captured the incident shows that Jiminez classified himself to state police troopers using riot gear, and made it clear that he and his team were broadcasting live.
“We can move back to where you like. We are live on the air here. Put us back where you require us. We are getting out of your way wherever you want us. We’ll get out of your way,” Jimenez said to police before he was captured.
It is unclear what provoked the officers to take him into custody. As he was being handcuffed, Jiminez is heard questioning why he is being arrested, but it does not resemble that his question was acknowledged.
As CNN reports, all three reporters have been released from custody, and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has publicly apologized for the incident.
Another CNN reporter, Josh Campbell, was also reporting live on Friday morning not far from where Jiminez was arrested.
He described his experience with CNN anchor John Berman, who remarked that Campbell is white. Jiminez, whose parents are black and Columbian, identifies as both black and Latino.
“I was handled much differently than CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez was,”