CNN crew covering racial unrest arrested in Minneapolis
Published: 10:10 PM, 29 May 2020
CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was detained during the live broadcast of the protest at Minneapolis on Thursday, May 29, 2020; Photo: Collected
Police arrested a CNN crew broadcasting live from the United States city of Minneapolis late on Thursday during unrest over the death of a black man at the hands of law enforcement.
They were engaged in a live broadcast of the ongoing protests in the United States against the killing of blacks.
The protests erupted on May 25 when police killed a man named George Floyd in Minneapolis, the largest city in the state of Minnesota.
Blacks claim that “Floyd has been the victim of racism”. A 10-minute video captured by an eyewitness to the killings shows a white policeman strangling the black man. The deceased was unarmed. Unable to breathe, he was seen groaning.
At first, only locals took to the streets in protest of the incident, but later protests spread across the country.
Meanwhile, the city of Minneapolis is still abuzz with protests. CNN was broadcasting the news of the protest live. CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was detained during the live broadcast. However, he confirmed his identity to the authorities before his arrest.
Along with Omar Jimenez, a producer and a camera operator were also arrested and handcuffed. Police also snatched the CNN camera. However, the camera was active even when it was taken away. However, the police did not notice it.
Soon after the incident, there was a storm of criticism in the US media. As a result, the detained journalists were released within an hour.
Meanwhile, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has apologized for the harassment of journalists.