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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.

READ: Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Arrested For Death Of George Floyd

Transcripts Of George Floyd’s Death Find He Told Cops He Couldn’t Breathe More Than 20 Times: “Tell my kids I love them”

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Transcripts Of George Floyd’s Death Find He Told Cops He Couldn’t Breathe More Than 20 Times: “Tell my kids I love them”

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Over a month has passed since the death of George Floyd and while the aftermath of it seemed to spark a reaction that rattled those of us left behind to our cores, outrage over his death has slowed down. Likely you’re hearing less calls to end police brutality, seeing fewer signs that Black Lives Matter and most of your friends’ Instagram pages have likely returned to their usual blissfully ignorant states. Still, the fight for justice for George Floyd carries on and newly released transcripts of body camera footage show that Floyd had pled for his life and told officers at least 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before his death.

New transcripts from body camera footage of Floyd’s death have been filed in court.

Floyd (a truck driver, security guard, and father of five) told Minneapolis police officers over 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before he died. “I’m scared as fuck, man,” Floyd told the officers while they restrained them. “Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead.”

Transcripts of body camera footage show that Floyd told officers at least 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before passing out and dying.

“I can’t breathe for nothing, man,” Floyd told officers. “This is cold-blooded, man.” Ignoring Floyd’s cry for help, officer Derek Chauvin continued to pin Floyd down with his knee on his neck.

In the transcript, Chauvin can be heard saying to Floyd “Then stop talking. Stop yelling. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.”

“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,” Floyd continued. “I’ll probably just die this way.”

The transcripts were filed by former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane in a move to have charges against him dropped.

Lane is one of four former police officers to be charged in Floyd’s death. Chauvin, Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao are also being charged. Lane, Kueng, and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin in Floyd’s death. Meanwhile, Chauvin faces second-degree murder charges.

According to BuzzFeed, “In the motion looking to have charges against Lane dropped, attorneys argue he was a new officer on the force and following the cues from Chauvin.” At the time of Floyd’s death, Chauvin was not Lane’s field training officer. He had however been one in Lane’s precinct and had provided the Chauvin with instructions on how to deal with calls. Attorneys have pointed out that in the transcripts Lane called paramedics to the scene and asked if they should roll Floyd on his side while he was holding onto his legs.

In the transcript, Chauvin says “No, he’s staying put where we got him.”

According to transcripts, after Chauvin passed out bystanders pointed out Floyd was unresponsive. Still, Chauvin pinned him to the ground.

Minneapolis City Council Is Going To Be Disbanding The Police Department, Mayor Doesn’t Agree

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Minneapolis City Council Is Going To Be Disbanding The Police Department, Mayor Doesn’t Agree

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The Minneapolis City Council announced that they have a veto-proof majority in favor of disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department. The MPD caused worldwide protests after four of their officers killed George Floyd during an arrest. The city council is signaling that they will be disbanding the police force and the mayor is pushing back.

Minneapolis City Council is going to be dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department.

Minneapolis has been the center of the conversation of police brutality. Four Minneapolis Police Department officers killed George Floyd while arresting him leading to worldwide protests. The unrest has led to changes within some police departments and Minneapolis is about to witness the harshest response to police brutality.

Organizers are pointing to the announcement as proof that the protests are working.

Minneapolis has experienced 10 days of sustained demonstrations. All the while, the protesters were demanding the same thing from the Minneapolis government: actions against the police. This announcement is just the latest in the success touted by the movement.

“We’re here because we hear you. We are here today because George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police. We are here because here in Minneapolis and in cities across the United States it is clear that our existing system of policing and public safety is not keeping our communities safe,” Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said in a statement Sunday. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed. Period.”

The Minneapolis Police Department has already started to see the effects of the protest.

The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation have all cut ties with the MPD. The cancellation of these contracts have cost the police department millions of dollars as more organizations in Minneapolis find ways to limit police activity.

There is a nuanced conversation about what defunding the police means that many are not listening to.

Activists are not calling for police to be completely eliminated. One of the best ways to curb deadly over-policing is to redirect resources and money to organizations and other departments equipped to handle them. For example, drug overdoses are one call for which the police should not be the go-to. Those calls are better handled as a healthcare issue rather than a criminal matter.

There is also a larger discussion needed to be done that is about reinvesting into communities of color. The communities that are dealing with the deadly practice of over-policing could benefit from more funds flowing into their communities for education and outreach.

“It’s not just about taking away money from the police, it’s about reinvesting those dollars into black communities. Communities that have been deeply divested from, communities that, some have never felt the impact of having true resources. And so we have to reconsider what we’re resourcing. I’ve been saying we have an economy of punishment over an economy of care,” Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, told WBUR.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was asked if he would support disbanding the police in front of a crowd of protesters and they were not happy with his answer.

Mayor Frey’s answer to the question drew anger from protesters who want him to commit to defunding the Minneapolis Police Department After saying he was not in favor of the decision to defund the police, he was booed out of the crowd.

What do you think about the movement to defund police in the U.S.?

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