A CNN crew reporting on the unrest in Minneapolis was arrested by state police officers while on live television, despite identifying themselves as reporters, the network said. The city was plunged into turmoil for a third night of protests in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while in police custody.
"We can move back to where you'd like here. We are live on the air at the moment," Jimenez is heard saying to police officers approaching him in riot gear. "Wherever you'd want us, we will go. We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection."
Jimenez's producer and the cameraperson were then arrested.
CNN later reported that CNN president Jeff Zucker spoke to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, who said he "deeply apologizes" for the arrest of Jimenez and his crew.
Jimenez, who was released later in the morning, reported that there was "no animosity" from the officers and said they told him they were following orders. Jimenez also said that while it was a shocking experience, he was comforted that it occurred on live TV.
"The one thing that gave me a little bit of comfort was that it happened on live TV," Jimenez said, explaining that this allowed others to speak out on his behalf.
The arrest of Jimenez and the CNN crew comes after President Trump waded into the controversy to condemn the protesters and seemingly advocate for violence. Mr. Trump called the protesters "thugs" and said that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." The tweet was quickly flagged by Twitter as one that could glorify violence.