CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his camera crew were arrested on live TV by Minnesota state police on Friday on the network's morning program "New Day."
"You're under arrest," one officer said while approaching Jimenez and putting him in handcuffs.
"OK, do you mind telling me why I'm under arrest? Why am I under arrest, sir?” Jimenez responded.
"You're arresting him live on CNN. We told you before we're with CNN," a crew member said while video footage of the arrest was still rolling.
— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020
Minnesota State Police took to Twitter to address the arrest:
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.
— MN State Patrol (@MnDPS_MSP) May 29, 2020
CNN quickly responded to the explanation that was provided by the police:
This is not accurate - our CNN crew identified themselves, on live television, immediately as journalists. We thank Minnesota @GovTimWalz for his swift action this morning to aid in the release of our crew. https://t.co/3cvtsqbbWz
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 29, 2020
CNN issued a tweet confirming the release of Jimenez.
— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) May 29, 2020
This could be the most real news coverage CNN has ever provided.
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