MINNEAPOLIS, (BM) – A news crew on CNN was arrested during a live broadcast from the US city of Minneapolis, whose residents are rebelling over the death of man George Floyd, who was killed by police officer.
Journalist Omar Jimenez and his team aired New Day TV show to cover the rally. On the video you can hear that Jimenez introduced himself as a journalist and explained what he was doing. The reporter emphasized that he and his team were ready to go where they were told.
Instead, the journalist, producer and cameraman were arrested, while Jimenez was handcuffed. CNN later received an apology from the Governor of Minnesota for this incident. The correspondent and the crew were released.
Protests in Minneapolis – the largest city in the state – began because of the arrest of Floyd by the police. He died on May 25 during an arrest carried out with the use of force. The next day, hundreds of people took to the streets, many of them in masks with the inscription “I can’t breathe” – these were the words the policeman said to the deceased.
Peaceful demonstrations grew into riots with arson of buildings, police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. At the request of Minnesota Governor Tim Wals, troops were deployed into the city.
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