A CNN crew was arrested while giving a live television report Friday morning in Minneapolis covering the ongoing protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd and later they were released after an hour later.
The arrest of @OmarJimenez and his crew in #Minneapolis last night by @MnDPS_MSP was an outrageous abuse of power. Whomever gave the order should be disciplined appropriately. pic.twitter.com/Ji2TwAYeuO
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) May 29, 2020
The authorities claimed the media crew had blocked their way and apparently refused to give way after being told to move. “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,” the journalist was heard pleading.
Jimenez maintained they had identified themselves as the basic requirement. In what exposed the US police, an officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of the 46-year-old Floyd while pinning him as he cried “I can’t breathe, my stomach hurts.” The deceased black American died later on at a police station with the authorities claiming he died as result of medical distress.
Former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey, a CNN law enforcement analyst, said the arrest made no sense while President Donald Trump tweeted directing the police to shoot the rioting “thugs”. “These Thugs Are Dishonouring The Memory Of George Floyd, And I Will Not Let That Happen. Just Spoke To Governor Tim Walz And Told Him The Military Is With Him All The Way. Any Difficulty And We Will Assume Control But, When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts,”Trump tweeted.
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