Minnesota police arrest CNN reporter on air while covering Minneapolis protests

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2020

A CNN crew was arrested on live TV as they covered protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd. "We are getting out of your way - wherever you want us (we'll) get out of your way", Jimenez said before he was led away.

In the live broadcast, the journalist could be seen reporting on protests before pausing as state patrol officers appeared to pursue a demonstrator.

In the footage, Jimenez, sporting a virus protective mask, is being quizzed by his anchors Alisyn Camerota and John Berman in front of a group of riot police as they move to arrest a nearby person.

"And so we walked away", Jimenez said before being told he was under arrest and handcuffed by two officers.

CNN called the arrests "a clear violation of their First Amendment rights" and called on the authorities to release the three CNN employees immediately.

"This is part of the state patrol unit that was advancing up the street, scattering the protests at that point for people to leave the area", he said. The camera continued to roll after the arrests, sitting on the floor at the feet of the officers.

Many cities in the USA, including Minneapolis, have been wracked by violence over the death of African-American man George Floyd.

The latest unrest in Minnesota's largest city went largely unchecked late Thursday, with the mayor ordering a tactical police retreat from a police station that was set ablaze.

President Donald Trump tweeted earlier on Friday that the military would "assume control" in the city if the disturbances continue, adding "when the looting starts, the shooting starts". Twitter accused him of breaking its rules by "glorifying violence".

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