George Floyd – CNN reporter Omar Jiminez arrested live ON AIR while covering Minneapolis riots – The Sun

George Floyd – CNN reporter Omar Jiminez arrested live ON AIR while covering Minneapolis riots – The Sun

May 29, 2020

A CNN reporter has been arrested live on air while covering the protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd.

Omar Jimenez was detained along with members of his production team in the middle of a broadcast just after 5am on Friday morning.

Footage shows Jimenez reporting in front of a line of riot police following unrest in Minneapolis last night.

He appears to be having an exchange with one officer about where he and three colleagues should position themselves.

"We are one team. Wherever you want us, we will go," he says.

"Just let us know and we gotcha."

He continues reporting on the scene and describing efforts by police to scatter the protests, but is then heard saying: "I'm sorry."

A police officer tells Jimenez, "You're under arrest", while he and a colleague move to put Jimenez's hands behind his back.

Jimenez replies: "Okay, do you mind telling me why I'm under arrest, sir?"

The officers do not appear to offer an explanation before taking a microphone from Jimenez's hands and putting him in handcuffs.

During the arrest, a colleague off-camera can be heard telling the officers that the group are journalists with CNN.

Jimenez stands looking into the camera as a bewildered anchor in the studio says: "You are watching our correspondent being arrested."

Two other members of the group were also arrested.

'A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT'

Police reportedly told the group they had been detained because they had been told to move but didn't.

Taking to twitter, anchor Jim Sciutto wrote: "My colleague @OmarJimenez, reporting calmly and cooperatively, was just arrested on live television along with his crew."

A statement released by CNN read: "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."

Protests and rioting erupted in Minneapolis and other cities following the death on Monday of African-American man George Floyd in the course of an arrest.

Footage showed police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes while Floyd tells him: "I can't breathe".

The death has been compared to the death of Eric Garner in 2014 and those of numerous other unarmed black men who have died or been shot by police in the course of an arrest in recent years.

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