A CNN crew has been arrested on live TV amid George Floyd protests in Minneapolis

A CNN crew was arrested on live TV by Minnesota state police on Friday morning, as they covered ongoing protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd.

According to the CNN report, The correspondent Omar Jimenez, and the crew were handcuffed and detained by Minnesota State Police as Jimenez gave a live report just after 5 a.m. local time.

Police informed the crew that they were being detained because they were told to move and did not, one member told CNN.

In a statement, CNN wrote: "A CNN reporter and his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves -- a clear violation of their First Amendment rights. The authorities in Minnesota, including the Governor, must release the three CNN employees immediately".

Officers in body armor and riot gear moved toward the crew after they first arrested a protester behind them, the live feed shows.

Jimenez could be seen identifying himself as a CNN reporter, and told the officers the crew would move to wherever they were told.

“This is the scene here playing out in Minneapolis,” Jimenez says on air as one officer holds his arm. “This is part of the advanced police presence we’ve seen here in really minutes, when we saw that the local police showed up with the fire department at the building we showed you which was burning.”

“This is part of the state patrol unit that was advancing up the street, scattering the protests at that point for people to leave the area,” he said. “So we walked away, cleared the area.”

At that point, a second officer told him he was under arrest, and the pair handcuffed him.

They did not respond to his questions about why he was being arrested.

Jimenez and the crew had been reporting near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct, which was set on fire amid the protests.


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