Police Arrest CNN Correspondent Omar Jimenez and Film Crew on Live TV


The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police sparked massive protests in Minneapolis as well as across the nation. While covering the protests in Minneapolis, CNN had a crew located in the middle of a face-off between police and protestors. However, when one person tried to rush police, this caused the police who were standing in formation to take that protestor down, then set their sights on the CNN correspondent and his crew.

Minnesota State Patrol issued a statement on arresting CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and the filming crew, saying “in the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers, including three members of a CNN crew. The three were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media."

However, CNN fired back at the statement, saying that was false. CNN responded and said, “This is not accurate. Our CNN crew identified themselves, on live television, immediately as journalists." They continued saying, “A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves — a clear violation of their First Amendment rights.” Take a look above.