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CNN's Omar Jimenez Released After Being Arrested While Covering George Floyd Protests

CNN's Omar Jimenez Released After Being Arrested While Covering George Floyd Protests

Omar Jimenez has been released following his arrest.

The CNN reporter was arrested and taken into custody, and his producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez were handcuffed, while on the job reporting about the ongoing protests in Minneapolis, Minn. following George Floyd‘s death while held under restraint by policemen.

The journalists were approached mid-broadcast.

“We can move back to where you’d like. We can move back to where you’d like here. We are live on the air at the moment…we’re getting out of your way. So, just let us know. Wherever you’d want us, we will go. We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection. Let us know and we’ve got you,” Omar said during the broadcast.

Police did not reveal why they were handcuffed and taken away in the footage.

CNN demanded an immediate release of their journalists, citing a “clear violation of their First Amendment rights.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said he “deeply apologizes” for the arrests, which he said were “unacceptable.”

“As far as the people that were leading me away, there was no animosity there, they weren’t violent with me. We were having a conversation about just how crazy this week has been for every single part of the city,” Omar explained of how the situation went.

Protestors are demanding justice after George Floyd died while being held under restraint by police on Monday (May 25). Four police officers were fired in the case, which was caught on video, showcasing an officer placing his knee on his neck as he says he cannot breathe and “everything hurts.”

This star deleted her TikTok account upon learning terms “Black Lives Matter” and “George Floyd” were blocked by the social media platform.

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