CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was handcuffed and led away by police while reporting live from the riots in Minneapolis. Police said Jimenez and his producer were arrested because they were asked to move and did not, according to a reporter from the New York Times.
As soon as arrest happened CNN demanded that the police release their reporter and crew:
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. The authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 29, 2020
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz complied and apologized for the arrest of the CNN reporter and camera crew:
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has apologized for the arrest of a CNN reporter and camera crew and says he will have them released. “It was totally unacceptable.” https://t.co/wzsTRlW3I4 pic.twitter.com/7xec3wTnbm— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020
Head of Gov Walz also apologized to CNN boss Jeff Zucker:
CNN president Jeff Zucker spoke with the Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz after the arrest of the CNN crew.— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) May 29, 2020
Walz said he "deeply apologizes" and described the arrests as "unacceptable."
Knowing CNN, this could be staged. It wouldn’t be the first time.
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