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Minnesota state police on Friday arrested CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his camera crew during a live report on the network's morning program "New Day."
"You're under arrest," one officer said in the middle of the report on the protests that have erupted in Minneapolis.
"OK, do you mind telling me why I'm under arrest? Why am I under arrest, sir?” Jimenez can be heard saying
"You're arresting him live on CNN. We told you before we're with CNN," one member of the CNN crew could be heard saying off-camera while the footage of the arrest rolled.
Minnesota police arrest CNN reporter and camera crew as they report from protests in Minneapolis https://t.co/oZdqBti776 pic.twitter.com/3QbeTjD5ed
Wow. Police in Minneapolis just arrested @OmarJimenez live on CNN. What is going on?? Our camera crew and Omar's producer also now being arrested.— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) May 29, 2020
A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves - a clear violation of their First Amendment rights. The authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 29, 2020
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. https://t.co/3cvtsqbbWz— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 29, 2020
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