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Peter Walsh
Fri May 29 10:41:23

Black CNN reporter is arrested live on air by Minnesota state police while reporting on Minneapolis riots over George Floyd's killing

* Omar Jimenez was arrested on Friday morning by Minnesota State patrolmen
* He and three others from CNN were reporting on the Minneapolis riots
* They'd been told to move down the street - which they did - and asked where officers wanted them to go
* Without being given an explanation, Jimenez was put in handcuffs by two cops
* He asked: 'Why am I under arrest sir? Can you tell me why I'm being arrested?'
* He and two other CNN employees were taken into custody but have now been released
* Minnesota State Police claims they were released 'after' they confirmed they were members of the media but they'd done that on air
* Reporters from other networks have reported from the scene this morning without incident
* Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has apologized to CNN President Jeff Zucker
* The team was released after Walz and Zucker intervened

A black CNN reporter was arrested live on air on Friday morning by Minnesota State Patrol while reporting on the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes.

CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez was put in handcuffs and led away from his team of producers this morning at 5.11am CT after the team was moved down the street by police in riot gear.

According to one of his colleagues, the crew was told he was being arrested for refusing to move when he'd been told to but he was heard live on air telling the officers: 'Put us back to where you want us - wherever you'd want us we'll go. Just let us know.'

Jimenez told them they were live on air with CNN and was put in handcuffs.

He asked: 'Do you mind telling me why I am under arrest sir? Why am I under arrest sir' then was led away.

Two of his colleagues from the same team were also arrested. The trio were put in a police van and were driven to a precinct but were released around 90 minutes later after CNN President Jeff Zucker and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz intervened.

Minnesota State Police has since claimed on Twitter the crew were released once they 'confirmed' they were reporters - which they'd done live on air, minutes before Jimenez was put in handcuffs.

Other reporters from different networks reported from the scene this morning without incident.

CNN's Josh Campell for example said he was there but was not on camera.

'I identified myself ... they said, 'OK, you're permitted to be in the area. I was treated much differently than (Jimenez) was.'

Jimenez and his team have since been released.

Gov. Tim Walz has apologized to CNN President Jeff Zucker and called it 'unacceptable'.

After being released, Jimenez returned to the air. He said: 'Everyone was pretty cordial.

'I said to the officer who arrested me, "look, we're going to be here for the next few days. Where do you want us to be?" And he said "I don't know, I'm just following orders."

'There was no animosity. No one was violent with me,' he said.

'That conversation may have happened above some of the people we were with. For us, they came back and said: "You're with CNN, correct?"

'They let us out of the van, we were handcuffed in the van, then they came back with our belongings. They unclipped our handcuffed. That is when we were let out.

'There was no sort of, "sorry this was a misunderstanding." It seemed like this conversation might have happened but it didn't happen with us,' he said.

'The arrest happened, I was trying to communicate with you all. I couldn't really understand what was going on but as we were walking away... it did cross my mind that what is really happening here?

'The one thing that gave me a little bit of comfort was that it happened on live TV.

'Let's just say what happened with George Floyd... what's happening isn't new. It's on camera.'

ABC's Gabe Guttierez was also able to film a segment in front of a group of state patrol officers.

The protests in Minneapolis raged on Thursday night for a third night in a row as Floyd's death continued to shock the world.

The 46-year-old man was killed on Monday as he was being arrested for allegedly using a fake $20 bill to pay for goods at a store.

He died after police office Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck.

He pleaded for breath, saying he could not breathe, but Chauvin refused to remove his knee from Floyd's neck as a crowd gathered.

Chauvin has since been fired along with three other officers - Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng - but there are mounting calls for him to be charged with Floyd's death.

The president on Thursday said he'd instructed the FBI and Justice Department to investigate his death.

Trump inflamed tensions by tweeting on Friday: 'When the looting starts, the shooting starts.'

Twitter censored the tweet, making it only visible to people who clicked on it after a warning.
Fri May 29 10:44:21
So now the USA is arresting journalists also.

Free Minnesota!

Free Kentucky!
Fri May 29 11:08:34


Pick one.
Fri May 29 11:26:23
I literally loled
Sam Adams
Fri May 29 11:37:37
Ya CNN is full of shit. They briefly got detained in a riot zone. And?
Fri May 29 11:39:37
he got handcuffed and put in the paddy wagon for no reason other than reporting. I guess he should have been some gun nut going into a state house with an m-19, then you'd be shouting about muh freedom.
Fri May 29 11:41:13
Fri May 29 11:43:04
How many of those Second Amendmet guys were looting and destroying their community again?

Nice of you to equate owning a gun with rioting though.
Fri May 29 11:44:09
the reporter wasn't "rioting"
Fri May 29 12:21:45
Why is rioting in quotation marks? Looting a target, setting a police building on fire, and destroying a private building with restaurants and offices is not rioting, in your opinion?

Anyway, yes, the MN police arresting a CNN reporter was clearly another example of an asshole cop on a power trip.
sam adams
Fri May 29 14:00:15
the reporter wasn't "rioting" "

Which is why he was released after a brief confusion.

"Why is rioting in quotation marks?"

Because Y2A and other liberals try to play down and excuse the poor behaviour of their "opressed peoples". Which is a great way to keep them oppressed.
Fri May 29 14:57:47
Yes, your day can be ruined by a cop that gets annoyed that you didn't suck his dick and go a mile down the road when he tells you to move.

Is this shit still a surprise to people?
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