Minneapolis protests: CNN journalist arrested live on air | Sunday Observer

Minneapolis protests: CNN journalist arrested live on air

A CNN reporter has been released after being arrested while covering protests in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man.

Omar Jimenez was led away in handcuffs while he was live on air early on Friday. His cameraman and producer were also detained, apparently because they did not move on when told.

They were released without charge.

Minnesota governor Tim Walz has apologised, describing the incident as "unacceptable".

CNN said the arrests violated the constitution.

Jimenez was in Minneapolis, reporting on a third night of violent protests over the death of George Floyd. On Tuesday a video emerged, showing a police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck, despite him saying he could not breathe.

Jimenez was reporting live on an arrest happening in the area where a police station was burnt out.

After the crew caught the arrest on camera, police officers started moving towards them and instructed them to move.

On the video, Mr Jimenez identifies himself as a CNN journalist and can be heard telling the officers: "We can move back to where you'd like here. We are live on the air at the moment."

An officer in riot gear then says, "You are under arrest" and leads him away in handcuffs.

(Source: BBC News)

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