CNN correspondent arrested on live tv while covering protests in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS (WRIC/NEXSTAR MEDIA WIRE) — CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez was arrested on live national television Friday morning while covering protests happening in Minneapolis.

Jimenez was reporting live on CNN shortly after 5 a.m. when he and his crew were taken into custody. The video continued as the crew was led away by officers in body armor marked “State Patrol.”Jimenez and his team were arrested by Minnesota State Patrol.

An officer later picked up the camera and moved it away as it continued to broadcast.

Police claimed the crew was arrested because they were told to move and didn’t comply. Jimenez was seen on air repeatedly asking the officers where they wanted his crew to move to.

CNN tweeted on the arrests: “A black reporter from CNN was arrested while legally covering the protests in Minneapolis. A white reporter also on the ground was not.”

Following the arrest CNN released the following statement:

“A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested … for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves – a clear violation of their First Amendment rights. The authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.”

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for updates.

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