Minnesota state police arrested CNN reporter Omar Jimenez live on air

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News organizations from around the world have gathered in Minneapolis to cover the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. What I keep thinking is that… I’m sure there would have always been protests and vigils and people agitating for change. But so much of what’s happening right now with the fires and rioting could have been avoided if the killer cops were immediately arrested. They have not been arrested. So the city burns. And the media covers that. CNN has several units on the ground in Minneapolis and late last night, the police… arrested the CNN people, reporter Omar Jimenez and his team. The cops absolutely knew that they were arresting journalists. Of course there’s video. Video from the CNN cameraman:

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 29, 2020

The CNN people were doing their jobs and they clearly identified themselves to cops – and even if they hadn’t, all they were doing was peacefully filming and reporting, so what’s the f–king charge?

— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 29, 2020

Maybe the charge is “reporting while black”?

— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 29, 2020

Soon after, CNN reported that Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz contacted CNN president Jeff Zucker. The governor “apologized” to Zucker and said that “He is working to get them released. Walz said he takes full responsibility for what happened.” And then Omar and his team were released. What was the f–king point besides white supremacy and First Amendment violations.

— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) May 29, 2020

— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) May 29, 2020

— New Day (@NewDay) May 29, 2020

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