Omar Jimenez and other CNN crew were arrested live on air
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Police arrest CNN reporter and crew live on air as they report from Minneapolis protests

There are huge protests taking place in Minneapolis


The moment a CNN reporter and camera crew were arrested as they reported from protests in Minneapolis has been caught on camera.

The footage sees Minnesota police, many in riot gear, arrest journalist Omar Jimenez who was live on television at the time.

CNN report that Jimenez was taken into police custody after clearly identifying himself to officers but was shortly released again.

The crew, including a producer and a camera operator, were also handcuffed at the scene of the raging protests which are spreading across the country following the death of George Floyd.

Jimenez, along with producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez, were arrested shortly after 6 a.m. ET live on CNN, but they were quickly released from the Hennepin County Public Safety facility in downtown Minneapolis.

Protests have now lasted for three days and has seen the Minneapolis police station torched to the ground after Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed after he pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck.

The outrage first began on Tuesday, a day after Mr Floyd's death at the hands of police was captured on video.

The footage has now been seen across the world as many now call for justice.

The US attorney's office and the FBI in Minneapolis said they are conducting "a robust criminal investigation" into the death. Mr Trump has said he had asked an investigation to be expedited.

The FBI is also investigating whether Mr Floyd's civil rights were violated.

Mr Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck, was sacked along with three other officers involved in the arrest.