Minnesota Police Arrest CNN Reporter, Crew On Live TV
CORRECTION: It was Minnesota State Police, not Minneapolis, who made the arrests.
In a rather stunning turn of events amidst an unsettling story in Minneapolis that continues to evolve, local police arrested a CNN reporter and crew. The reporter and crew were covering the city’s ongoing rights which were prompted following the death of George Floyd. Worse more, the reporter was arrested while live on air.
CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his crew say they attempted to move out of the way of incoming police officers. While police moved around the crew, a protester was arrested. After this, officers took the CNN crew into custody.
CNN President Jeff Zucker called Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz asking for their release. Walz apologized and categorized the reporting crew’s arrest as a mistake.
Following his release, Jimenez sent out a Tweet proclaiming “we’re back.”
And we’re back pic.twitter.com/dkYHYxe0u7
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) May 29, 2020
It was Minnesota State Patrol that made the arrests. They released the following statement.
“in the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers, including three members of a CNN crew. The three were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media.”
But CNN condemned the State Police’s statement as inaccurate.
“This is not accurate — our CNN crew identified themselves, on live television, immediately as journalists. We thank Minnesota @GovTimWalz for his swift action this morning to aid in the release of our crew.”
The crew was taken into custoday around 5:15 AM. It was clear that Jimenez and crew were media credentialed during the televised arrest.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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