Arrested without a reason. At around 6 this morning, local time, the Minnesota police handcuffed the journalist from the US station live CNN Omar Jimenez, an African American sent to Minneapolis to cover the unrest that broke out following the killing of African American citizen Floyd George by a police officer.
The same broadcaster has made it known, disseminating the video of the arrest. The police did not specify the reason for the arrest, which occurred despite Jimenez identifying himself as a journalist. It all started while the crew was filming an arrest in an area not far from the police station set on fire in the past few hours. In the images of the detention released by CNN, Jimenez asks: Why am I under arrest ?. The operator continues to shoot and the reporter is handcuffed. The camera is seized, but remains on and from the ground, before being picked up, it continues to record. The video shows the journalist being taken away by an agent, then the colleague’s arrest, without being given explanations.
Minneapolis, the clashes over the death of George Floyd
The agents also handcuffed the other members of the television team, producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez. There CNN reacted by defining the incident as a violation of the first amendment.
The governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, speaking with CNN president Jeff Zucker, apologized profoundly for the incident. Walz called the arrests unacceptable and said the team’s CNN clearly had the right to be there. The governor also stressed that he wants the media to be in Minnesota to cover up the protests.
Subsequently – as always communicated by the CNN and as confirmed by the reporter himself— Omar Jimenez and his colleagues have been released and have announced that they want to return live.
Dramatic images of clashes between police and protesters continue to arrive from Minneapolis in these hours. The officers, some of whom were in riot gear, resorted to using pepper spray and truncheons to disperse the crowd near the police station set ablaze tonight. The fire involved five other buildings nearby and one of the structures was completely destroyed.
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