Early Friday morning (May 29) at 5 A.M. a CNN reporter, producer, and crew members who were on the scene in Minneapolis covering the protests, were arrested live on TV.
Although reporter Omar Jimenez was seen live on television displaying his CNN badge and identifying himself as a reporter, he was arrested by state officers.
“We can move back to where you like. We are live on the air here. Put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way — wherever you want us (we’ll) get out of your way,” Jimenez said to police. “We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection.”
Less than a minute later, as Jimenez was reporting, officers arrested Jimenez, his producer, and cameraman. The Minneapolis State Patrol gave their explanation as to why the arrest took place, “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.”
CNN would combat that statement with one of their own via their Twitter account, “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.”
After being relocated to the city’s downtown public safety building, with the help of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Jimenez and crew were released an hour later.