CNN crew reporting in Minneapolis arrested live on air

by Peter Heck · May 29th, 2020 10:15 am
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Last Updated May 30th, 2020 at 8:00 am

While reporting live from the streets of Minneapolis, three members of a CNN crew were arrested by police officers wearing riot gear labeled "State Patrol," before later being released.

The incident took place in the early morning hours, following a night of rioting and looting in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while in police custody. CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, along with his producer Bill Kirkos and cameraman Leonel Mendez, were reporting live when police moved in to arrest a protestor positioned behind them.

Jimenez presented his press credentials and can be clearly heard telling the police that they can move.

"Put us back where you want us, we are getting out of your way, just let us know… Wherever you'd want us, we will go," Jimenez told the officer.

Rather than relocate the crew, however, officers bound Jimenez's hands behind his back and escorted him into custody. They later returned for Kirkos and Mendez, who left his camera on the ground, transmitting live images.

CNN quickly issued a statement demanding the crew's release:

Jimenez later said that he and his crew were treated cordially during their detention and were released once police confirmed that they were with CNN. The Minnesota State Patrol acknowledged its error on Twitter.

Jimenez said that police had not been overly clear about where media was allowed to be, saying officers seemed to be confused.

"Look, I don't know man, I'm just following orders," one reportedly told him.


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