Early this morning CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez was reporting live in Minneapolis covering the riots and devastation following the murder of George Floyd. Within minutes of going live, Jimenez was approached by state police officers and placed in handcuffs with absolutely no explanation.
Jimenez had been speaking to the camera explaining the activities going on in the city when he was approached by several officers in riot gear. Sensing that they needed to move Jimenez asked officers where they would like for the crew to relocate to? No response was given. Jimenez and his crew continued filming as one officer got close to Jimenez and told him that he was under arrest. Jimenez began explaining that they were with CNN and doing their jobs.
He was handcuffed and lead away on live television. Moments later the rest of the crew were arrested as well. Take a look.
One crew member relayed to CNN that they were being arrested because they were told to move and did not.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz told CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker that he deeply apologizes for what happened, and that he is working to have the CNN crew released immediately.
CNN's Josh Campell, who also was in the area but not standing with the on-air crew, said he, too, was approached by police, but was allowed to remain.
"I identified myself ... they said, 'OK, you're permitted to be in the area,'" recounted Campbell, who is white. "I was treated much differently than (Jimenez) was."
Jimenez is black and Latino.
Former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey, a CNN law enforcement analyst, said the arrest made no sense.
"State police are going to have a lot to answer for this arrest here," Ramsey said. "(Jimenez is) standing there ... you can see his credential. Just move him where you want to be."
"They should have a designated (media) area, and just tell them to move to that area."
This is outrageous!
Correspondent Omar Jimenez was released from custody and spoke with CNN after his release.