Police arrest a member of a CNN crew broadcasting live while covering protests related to the death of of African-American man George Floyd CNN/Reuters TV via REUTERS

Backlash as CNN TV crew arrested live on air by US police as they reported on protests over George Floyd's death


The Minnesota State Patrol on Friday arrested a CNN television crew as they reported on violent protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

Atlanta-based CNN said the crew, which included CNN reporter Omar Jimenez, was released later Friday morning.

While live on air, Jimenez was handcuffed and led away.

A producer and a photojournalist for CNN were also led away in handcuffs.

CNN's communications team earlier said on Twitter that the crew was arrested "for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves - a clear violation of their First Amendment rights".

The Minnesota State Patrol did not immediately respond to an email and a phone call seeking more information on the arrests.

Late Thursday in Minneapolis, cheering protesters torched a police station that the department abandoned as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the US.