Minneapolis Police Arrest CNN Reporter On Live TV: “Just Following Orders”

Minneapolis Police Arrest CNN Reporter On Live TV: “Just Following Orders”

CNN’s Omar Jimenez and his camera crew were arrested by Minnesota police Friday morning live on TV as he delivered a report after a night of protests, riots, and general chaos in Minneapolis. At one point the camera hit the ground and CNN continued to broadcast the arrest live.

Jimenez and his crew, who were covering the unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, were released shortly after. The CNN correspondent said police never gave him a clear explanation for his arrest and just that they were “just following orders.”

“You’re under arrest,” an officer said in the middle of his report.

“You’re arresting him live on CNN. We told you before we’re with CNN,” a member of the crew could be heard saying.

Watch below for his report after his arrest.

OMAR JIMENEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: They have us here. We’re speaking with state patrol right now, give us a second, guys. We can move back to where you’d like. We can move back to where you’d like here. We are live on the air at the moment.

This is the four of us. We are one team. Just — put us, put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way. So just let us know. Wherever you’d want us, we will go. We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing to the intersection. So just let us know and we got you.

And this is the scene here playing out in Minneapolis. This is part of the advanced police presence that we saw come over the course of really minutes when the local police showed up at the fire — or with the fire department, I should say, on that building we showed you that was burning. This is among the state patrol unit that was advancing up the street, saying and scattering the protesters to that point for people to clear the area. And so — we walked away.

I’m sorry?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You’re under arrest.

JIMENEZ: Okay. Would you mind telling me why I’m under arrest, sir? Why am I under arrest, sir?

You are arresting me live on CNN. We told you before that we are with CNN.


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