…Minnesota governor apologizes for arrest of CNN team
CNN crew has been released from police custody after they were arrested live on air in Minneapolis.
CNN crew was arrested while reporting on live television on Friday morning in Minneapolis the ongoing protest over the killing of George Floyd’s.
According to CNN, they were released about an hour after the arrest.
Onyxnews Nigeria recall that Minnesota state police detained CNN reporter, Omar Jimenez, his producer and his photojournalist in the early hour on Friday.
Jimenez was reporting live from a street south of downtown, near where a police precinct building was earlier set on fire by protesters over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter, and telling the police officers the crew would move wherever they (the officers) needed them to. An officer gripped his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs.
“We can move back to where you like. We are live on the air here.. Put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way, wherever you want us (we’ll) get out of your way,” Jimenez said to police before he was led away.
“We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection,” Jimenez added as he was been taking away.
Police told the crew they were being detained because they were told to move and didn’t, one member of the CNN crew relayed to the network television.
However, prior to the crew release, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz sent an appology message to CNN Worldwide President, Jeff Zucker and assured to the release the tv crew.
Later, after the crew was released, Walz told reporters: “We have got to ensure that there is a safe spot for journalism to tell the story.”
“There was absolutely no reason for the arrests,” Walz said, he added that he takes full responsibility.