Minnesota Guv. Apologizes After CNN Crew At Protests Get Arrested

01 Juin, 2020, 20:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A CNN television crew was arrested live on air early Friday morning while covering protests in Minneapolis video shows

Jimenez and colleagues Bill Kirkos and Leonel Mendez were doing a live shot for CNN's "New Day" shortly after 5 a.m.

The protests were sparked by outrage over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was filmed crying out for help as a white police officer pinned him to the ground with a knee to his neck.

"Wherever you want us, we would go", said Jimenez, who is black. "We're getting out of your way". An officer gripped his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs. He did not get an answer.

"This is among the state patrol unit that was advancing up the street, seeing and scattering the protesters at that point for people to clear the area".

CNN anchor John Berman told viewers about an hour after the arrest that CNN President Adam Zucker had spoken with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, who said he "deeply apologises" and was working to have the crew released immediately.

"We can move back to where you like", Jimenez told the officers wearing gas masks and face shields, before explaining live on air that he and his crew were members of the press.

Journalists and media watchdog groups in the United States are sounding the alarm over a number of incidents targeting newsworkers covering the ongoing unrest over the killing of African-American George Floyd by a police officer. "You don't have to doubt my story. It's not filtered in any way; you saw it with your own eyes". That gave me a little bit of comfort. "But it was definitely nerve-wracking".

The governor told CNN president he accepts full responsibility for the incident. There is absolutely no reason something like that should happen.

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The arrest drew widespread condemnation across the news industry. "Everyone wants to go directly to public with their version of events".

However, CNN fired back at the statement, saying that was false.

Walz's words in support of journalists have impact at a time when the news media is often under attack, said Jane E. Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law and director of the Silha Center at the University of Minnesota.

Leland Vittert, a Fox News correspondent with experience in war zones, and his crew were attacked by demonstrators near the White House on Friday after being identified as an employee of Fox News. Activists spray-painted a large CNN logo outside the building, breaking a window and tagging doors.

The striking footage of the arrest of Jimenez could add to racial tensions in the city and across the country over the death of Floyd.

A Reuters spokeswoman said the news organization strongly objects to police firing rubber bullets at its crew in Minneapolis and is addressing the situation with authorities.

CNN called for their immediate release and said the arrest was a "clear violation of their First Amendment rights".

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