CNN Reporter Arrested While Live on Camera In Minneapolis
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On Friday morning, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez was arrested while reporting on the riots taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jimenez was reporting on the riots that broke out after the death of George Floyd, a 46 year old black man who was wrongfully murdered by a police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck until he died.
Shortly before being arrested, Jimenez said that the police were starting “to secure the area to ensure that people don’t come back.” Police could be seen in the background apprehending a protester however they quickly changed paths and soon surrounded Jimenez.
The Daily Caller reported:
Jimenez and the crew were released later Friday morning, CNN reported.
During the arrest video, the CNN correspondent can be heard explaining to the cops that they were told to stand there, were from the network and were in the middle of a live television report. He told the cops that the crew “could move back to” wherever they wanted and reiterated multiple times that they would all get out of the cops way.
“You’re under arrest, sir,” a cop is then heard saying as the camera swivels to show Jimenez being placed in handcuffs. The CNN correspondent asked why he was under arrest and was then led away. The camera crew was then also placed under arrest and the camera was left behind.
“I have never seen anything like this,” said a CNN anchor in the studio as the arrest took place.
What started out as peaceful protests on Wednesday evening, turned violent as hundreds of local citizens began looting stores and even burnt down buildings.
Most of the rioting came from a large crowd outside of police headquarters in Minneapolis who were “throwing objects at the building and officers and turning more violent as the night wore on.”
“The AutoZone Auto Parts store across from the Third Precinct was set afire. As some protesters tried to extinguish the fire, others danced gleefully in front of the flames and smoke, snapping selfies,” reported The Star Tribune. “At the nearby Lake Street Target store, looters were seen leaving with items ranging from large TVs to clothing to groceries. Looting also occurred at Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits, at Hiawatha and Lake, and at many other businesses in the area.”
Star Tribune reporter Liz Sawyer reported the following tweet:
She added: “Many of the shops destroyed along this stretch of Lake Street are immigrant-owned businesses — many of which were already struggling during the pandemic. ‘Now it’s worse,’ said Roberto Hernandez, who stood guard outside his nutrition store for 5 hours to protect it from looters.”
Things took a turn for the worse when the rioters lit an “apartment building under construction” on fire.
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