Watch: Minnesota cops arrest CNN reporter and entire camera crew on live TV

Watch: Minnesota cops arrest CNN reporter and entire camera crew on live TV

Police in Minneapolis on Friday arrested CNN's Omar Jimenez and his entire camera crew on live television.

In the middle of a broadcast about the civil unrest in Minneapolis that occurred in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, Minnesota State Police surrounded Jimenez and put handcuffs on him.

After Jimenez was taken away, the officers proceeded to arrest every other CNN employee on the scene.

Police did not initially give a reason for arresting Jimenez, although they claimed shortly afterward that he and his crew were taken into custody because they refused to move when instructed. However, no footage shown during the broadcast shows Jimenez refusing an order to move.

CNN anchors John Berman and Alisyn Camerota expressed shock that police would arrest journalists.

"I've never seen anything like this, Alisyn," Berman said.

"They were standing where they were told to stand by police previously," Camerota said. "They were out of the way. We don't know why they were being arrested... they are allowed to be reporting on the unrest that's happening right now, but for some reason the State Police decided that they need to be under arrest."

"I've never seen anything like this," Berman repeated.

Watch the video below.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.