CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested on air Friday morning while reporting on the protests.
A Minnesota state police officer said the journalists were arrested because they were told to move and they did not do so, according to CNN. Jimenez is seen and heard on camera before his arrest, identifying himself and his team as journalists and saying, “We are moving away from you” and “put us where you want. Let us know. “
After Jimenez was tied by the wrists and taken away by the zipper, an off-camera team member said, “We were just here to report the streets closed. Omar has just been arrested. I believe we will all be arrested. ”
The arrest, which took place on CNN’s “New Day”, shocked hosts Alysin Camerota and John Berman.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Berman.
Police continue to arrest crew members until the cameraman has left. It is unclear whether the police knew the CNN camera continued to roll while it was being taken.
CNN political reporter Abby Phillip noted that her other colleague on the scene, who is white, was not arrested.
“He just reported that the police approached him and asked him who he was with, he told CNN,” Phillip said via Twitter. “And they say” ok, you’re good. It was a few minutes after Omar, black and Latin, was arrested nearby. “
CNN said in a Twitter statement that the arrest was a violation of the First Amendment and requested the release of the journalists.
“A CNN reporter and his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their job, despite their identity – a clear violation of their First Amendment rights,” the company said. “The Minnesota authorities, [including] the governor must immediately release the 3 CNN employees. “
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (D) quickly apologized for the incident, calling it “totally unacceptable,” according to CNN.
Jimenez was released shortly after and was back on CNN, describing the event.