Afro-Latino CNN Reporter Omar Jimenez Arrested Live on TV While Reporting In Minneapolis
Minneapolis has been rocked by civil unrest following the death of George Floyd. A viral video shows a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck while Floyd begged for help. During the unrest, a CNN journalist was arrested on live TV and people were stunned.
Here is the moment that CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested by Minnesota State Police.
The arrest stunned audience members who watched the Minnesota State Police approach Jimenez during a live shot and arrest him. The crew identified themselves as members of the media and said they’d be willing to relocate. Jimenez asked why he was being arrested and the police officers did not provide a reason.
Nearby Jimenez, CNN reporter Josh Campbell was reporting and was not arrested.
The move has sparked outrage as racial tensions in the state are high after George Floyd’s death. Minnesotans are calling for justice after four police officers attempted to arrest Floyd leading to his death. Jimenez’s arrest sparked some anger as people considered the arrest racially motivated during the protests.
“We can move back to where you’d like. We can move back to where you’d like here. We are live on the air at the moment,” Jimenez told the officers. “We’re getting out of your way. So, just let us know. Wherever you’d want us, we will go. We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection. Let us know and we’ve got you.”
The governor of Minnesota apologized for Jimenez’s arrest in a press conference on Friday.
In the same press conference, Minnesota Gov. Tim Waltz, apologized for the arrest of Jimenez and his crew. Gov. Waltz took responsibility for the arrests because they were made by Minnesota State Police. According to Jimenez, after the arrest, the police officers were cordial and that they did not have guidelines for reporters covering the protests. Jimenez says that the officer he spoke with said that he was just following orders.
Twitter users were surprised to see a politician taking responsibility immediately after a situation.
There have been so many instances when politicians do not take accountability for actions that happen within their departments. The police-caused deaths of unarmed Black men, women, and children are usually followed by protests and the exoneration of the police officers involved.
Despite the early morning arrest, Jimenez was back on air to report on the ongoing unrest in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis has been the center of days of civil unrest. People are demanding justice for Floyd and his family. President Trump took time from his feud with Twitter to tweet about the protest using divisive language. His tweet that harkens back to the 1950s saying “when the looting starts the shooting starts” was flagged by Twitter as inciting violence.
Viewers are celebrating Jimenez’s demeanor during the arrest.
The reporter stayed calm and controlled while the police officers arrested him without stating a reason. The arrest was a complete surprise to CNN as the anchors who were speaking with Jimenez went speechless when they realized he was been handcuffed.
The civil unrest continues in Minneapolis as one of the fired police officers was arrested. The protesters and community leaders are calling on the rest of the police officers to be arrested for the death of Floyd.