Minnesota State Patrol officers arrested CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and two members of his crew while they were broadcasting live from protests in Minneapolis on Friday morning’s broadcast of “New Day.”
Jimenez, who was covering the demonstrations that have erupted in the city following the death of George Floyd, was placed in handcuffs and taken away after telling officers the crew would go wherever they wanted them to.
A producer and a camera operator were also detained.
The camera continued rolling the whole time.
Check out the footage here:
CNN called for the release of the trio in a statement shared on Twitter.
“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,” it read. “The authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.”
John Berman, the cohost of “New Day,” said the network’s legal team was “in touch with authorities and working to secure the release of the team.”
Viewers and Jimenez’s colleagues expressed shock at the scene:
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