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A CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was released after being arrested in Minneapolis protests over the death of an unarmed black man.
The next time you hear someone say if a Black man presents himself properly, obey the law or pull their pants up they wouldn’t be harassed by the cops. Just show them this video. This brother was arrested on the job.
— Ryan Guillory Sr. 🇺🇸 (@Mr_RyanGuillory) May 29, 2020
Omar Jimenez was handcuffed live on Friday morning. Her cameraman and producer were also arrested, apparently for stopping when they were informed. They were released without charge.
The Minnesota governor, Tim Walz, apologized and called the incident “unacceptable”.
CNN said the arrests violated the constitution.
What happened to Omar Jimenez?
Jimenez was in Minneapolis and reported a third night of violent protests against George Floyd’s death. A video appeared on Tuesday in which a police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck despite telling him that he could not breathe.
Jimenez reported live of an arrest in the area where a police station was burned.
After the crew held the arrest on camera, the police approached them and asked them to move.
On the video, Mr. Jimenez identifies himself as a CNN reporter and can say to the officials, “We can go back wherever you want. We are currently living.”
An officer in combat gear then says, “You are under arrest” and takes him handcuffed.
What was the reaction?
CNN called the arrests in a tweet “a gross violation of their First Amendment rights”. The first amendment to the American Constitution protects freedom of expression and association.
The Minneapolis State Patrol confirmed the arrests and said the detainees had been released “as soon as it was confirmed that they were members of the media”.
But Governor Walz said he took “full responsibility” for the incident.
“In such a situation, we need to make sure there is a safe place for journalism to tell the story, even if you clean up an area. The problem here is trust,” he said. at a press conference.
He added that there is “absolutely no reason”.