Minnesota state police arrested a reporter live on television early Friday morning. CNN correspondent, Omar Jimenez, was covering the Minneapolis protests when police officers arrested him.
The journalist had just shown a protester being arrested when about half a dozen police officers from the Minnesota State Patrol surrounded and arrested him and his crew.
Jimenez can be heard on camera telling the officers he and his crew would move wherever they wanted before he was arrested.
“We can move back to where you like,” he told the officers wearing gas masks and face shields, before explaining live on air that he and his crew were members of the press. “We’re getting out of your way.”
“This is among the state patrol unit that was advancing up the street, seeing and scattering the protesters at that point for people to clear the area. And so we walked away,” Jimenez said before being told he was under arrest and handcuffed by two officers. “Why am I under arrest, sir?”
Jimenez and the crew were later released. CNN reported that Minnesota governor Tim Waltz had apologized to CNN president Jeff Zucker for the incident. Waltz said Jimenez “clearly had the right to be there” and he was deeply sorry, CNN reported.
In contrast, another of CNN’s correspondents, Josh Campbell, who is white, was reporting around a block away from Jimenez. He said police were “polite” when they approached him to ask him which outlet he was with, and they told him: “Ok, you’re good.”
Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis city council vice-president, told CNN in an
interview that the incident was yet another example of systemic racism. On
Thursday, she had called for local and state officials to declare racism in
Minnesota a public health emergency.
“Until we deal with outright racism head on, it’s going to continue,” she said.