A CNN reporter, Omar Jimenez has been arrested in Minneapolis while covering the riots resulting from the brutal killing of an African-American man, George Floyd.
Despite introducing himself, Jimenez was arrested and cuffed on live television by riot police on Friday.
His crew members were arrested with him.
The network quoted one of its arrested staff as saying that a police officer told him they were arrested for not moving when they were told to do so.
It appeared the officers were attempting to arrest a protester behind the crew when the instruction was given.
A CNN crew covering the unrest in Minneapolis was just arrested on live TV. Smack in the middle of their broadcast
— Igala Alan Shore (@I_Am_Ilemona) May 29, 2020
“A CNN reporter and 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, including the Governor, must release the three CNN employees immediately,” a statement from the network read.
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