A CNN crew covering the ongoing protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd was arrested while giving a live television report Friday morning in Minneapolis.
State police detained CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, his producer and his photojournalist shortly after 5 a.m. CT as Jimenez was reporting live from a street south of downtown, near where a police precinct building was earlier set on fire.
Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter, and telling the officers that his crew would move wherever officers needed them to.
An officer could be seen gripping his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs.
“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 before he was led away.
“We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection,” Jimenez continued.
CNN anchors John Berman and Alisyn Camerota expressed shock that police would arrest journalists.
“I’ve never seen anything like this, Alisyn,” Berman said.
“They were standing where they were told to stand by police previously,” Camerota said. “They were out of the way. We don’t know why they were being arrested… they are allowed to be reporting on the unrest that’s happening right now, but for some reason the State Police decided that they need to be under arrest.”
Police told the crew they were being detained because they were told to move and didn’t.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz told CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker that he deeply apologizes for what happened and would work to have the crew released.
Jimenez and his crew were taken to the city’s downtown public safety building, but were released after 6 a.m. CT.