A CNN correspondent and his camera crew were arrested live on air while reporting on events in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.
Correspondent Omar Jiminez was arrested by the state patrol along with his crew, producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez, while giving a live report in Minneapolis. The incident happened around 5 a.m. local time. Police claim the crew was arrested because they were told to move and did not; however, CNN says the arrest constituted a "clear violation" of their First Amendment rights. Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota, ordered their release later in the morning. The governor apologized, saying: "They clearly had the right to be there. We want the media there, to cover this. It is never acceptable for this to happen."
During the incident, Jiminez can clearly be seen with his media badge and heard telling police the crew would move wherever needed. Nevertheless, they were arrested, with the state patrol later saying they were released "once they were confirmed" to be media members.
CNN correspondent Josh Campbell was near Jiminez and his team and said:
I was treated much differently than [Jimenez] was. I'm sitting here, talking to the National Guard, talking to the police. They're asking politely to move here and there. A couple times, I've moved closer than they would like. They asked politely to move back. They didn't pull out the handcuffs. Lot different here than what Omar experienced.