TV Newsers Tweet Statements of Support for Omar Jimenez and CNN Crew

Carla Harmon
June 1, 2020

A CNN reporter and camera crew who were covering the protests against George Floyd's murder by police in Minneapolis were arrested by Minnesota state officers on live television.

During a press conference later in the day, Walz made a public apology for Jimenez's arrest, and said he took "full responsibility" for the arrest, adding that the action was "inexcusable".

Minnesota State Police did not return repeated requests for comment.

"What gave me one bit of comfort was that it happened on live TV", Jimenez told viewers after he was released. He was taken into custody by state police as he asked officers where he and his crew should move.

"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 authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately", CNN wrote in a tweet.

Members of the camera crew then tell the officers they are with CNN, and it is a live broadcast.

Despite the crew reportedly moving to where they were told to go and respectfully asking where exactly they should stand, officials told the reporters that they were arrested for disobeying orders to move.

CNN disputed the police's version of events in a statement on Twitter.

CNN responded in disagreement, citing the live coverage of the arrest: "This is not accurate - our CNN crew identified themselves, on live television, immediately as journalists".

Protests also erupted in other major cities around the country, including Louisville, Kentucky, where police said seven people had been shot.

I was treated much differently than [CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez] was.

The crew's arrest is a counterpoint, CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers said, to anyone who says, "All you have to do is comply; all you have to do is use your nice inside voice, and the police will leave you alone".

"The situation on the ground doesn't allow us, at this time, to tackle those issues", stated Walz.

The trio were released about an hour after being arrested. Jimenez is already back to work, reporting. They were soon released from custody. "We denounce the detainment of the CNN crew and stand with them in protecting the right to report without fear or favor". "As we were walking away, and you were taking in the entire neighborhood that had been decimated from the passion of the protesters and unfortunately some of the rioting and looting that we had seen, it did cross my mind that, what is really happening here?"

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